Eternal Savior Lutheran Church

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March 26 – Prayer For God’s Deliverance

“How long, O LORD? Will You be angry forever? Will Your jealousy burn like fire?  Pour out Your anger on the nations that do not know You, and on the kingdoms that do not call upon Your name!  For they have devoured Jacob and laid waste his habitation. Do not remember against us our former iniquities; let Your compassion come speedily to meet us, for we are brought very low.” Psalm 79:5-8

Devotional Thought For The Day

In those times when it seems to us that God is punishing us in His wrath and anger, many thoughts arise in our hearts. We recognize that we have certainly committed many sins deserving of the worst punishment. One thing that we should always remember is to thank God that we do not get what we deserve – rather the Lord Jesus Christ received that while He was suffering and dying on the cross in our place, for our sins. So it is never a matter of God “punishing” us for our sins, though He certainly does provide us with chastening and discipline.  So we must submit to His discipline in humility and submissive reverence, looking for the good things that He is preparing for us.

As our circumstances seem to be grinding us down, and we become more desperate for deliverance, we tend to initiate an argument with God, even if it is within our minds. We begin thinking about all the other people in the world around us, those who do not “know” God and who have no respect toward His “kingdom,” the true and genuine church of God. We think of all the different ways in which unbelieving people “devour” and “destroy” the church – whether it is the cults who prey upon the weaker Christians, snatching them away from the church and into damnably perverse “religion,” or the infiltrators who attempt to corrupt and destroy true and genuine repentance and faith from within the church, or the secularists and atheists who work to destroy all deference toward God. We wonder why we are the ones suffering adverse “chastening” while the wicked unbelievers around us seem to get off very lightly. So our prayer may well be – Lord, turn Your anger away from me, and on to those who hate You!

At some level, I suppose such prayers are warranted; certainly they arise inevitably in our hearts and minds.  However, the better prayer is “Do not remember against us our former iniquities; let your compassion come speedily to meet us, for we are brought very low.” This God has already promised and performed.  You remember the nature of the New Covenant in Christ Jesus: “For I will forgive their iniquity, and I will remember their sin no more.” [Jer. 31:34] So the Lamb of God has come and taken away the sin of the world, so that “in Him we have redemption through His blood, the forgiveness of sins [Jn. 1:29, Eph. 1:7] This means that we are never punished for our sins – they have been “taken away,” washed and cleansed in the blood of Jesus Christ, and God has promised that He no longer even remembers them. And the Lord Christ Almighty has promised: “Lo, I am with you always, even to the end of the age.” [Matt. 28:20]

So the better prayer in regard to our enemies, even those who are wicked and wretched attackers of the church is “Father, forgive them, for they know not what they do” [Luke 23:24] and “Lord, do not hold this sin against them.” [Acts 7:60] Certainly we pray for deliverance from all evil, including that inflicted upon us by our enemies, and if God’s wrath and anger is to fall, we would prefer it to be on someone else, and not us. However, we already have assurance that we have been delivered from the wrath to come, and that we shall not come into condemnation. [Jn. 5:24] However, we know that “it is a fearful thing to fall into the hands of the Living God.” [Heb. 10:31] So even as we beg God for His compassion toward us, and His deliverance, let us also pray the same for our enemies – that they too might come to genuine repentance and faith, embracing the only Savior, Jesus Christ, as their redeemer. We ask that God do this speedily, especially when we also have been “brought very low.”

Prayer For The Day

Dear Lord Jesus, You are well acquainted with sorrow and grief, and have suffered the full opposition of the enemies of God. Be with us and watch over us, especially when we are experiencing Your chastening, and even more when Your enemies are viciously attacking us. Thank You for Your forgiveness, and the assurance of eternal life in Your glorious heavenly kingdom. Help us to remain faithful here and now. Amen.