Old Clothes and Old Rags

When you suffer for doing wrong, there is a sort of poetic justice. You are getting what you deserve. But when you suffer for doing right, that is extremely hard to take.

Jeremiah spoke what God told him to say. Powerful people did not like what Jeremiah spoke so they convinced the king to punish Jeremiah.  He was thrown into a dungeon and sank in the mire.  There was no food and no water.

Along comes Ebed-Melech. He was an Ethiopian and a eunuch in the king’s house.  Ebed-Melech was a title that meant ‘servant of the king’.  Evidently he occupied a place of respect in the mind of the king.  Ebed-Melech went to the king and told him that it was wrong to leave Jeremiah in the dungeon.  So the king agreed to let Jeremiah go.  Now Ebed-Melech had free run of the king’s house including the treasury.

Jeremiah was a praying man. It is not recorded for us but you have to believe that he was praying for deliverance. “God get me out of here, please!” It is during those times that your mind begins to imagine how God will do it…a royal escort with brand new ladder and a royal robe and public apology!

Sometimes deliverance does not come the way we imagine. Just don’t lose sight of the fact that it is still deliverance and God can do it anyway that He wants to.

Ebed-Melech is an Ethiopian who is a eunuch and has free run of the house.  He goes into the house of the king. He goes past the treasury where all the royal treasure is and bypasses that room. He goes under that room and finds old rags and old clothes. They let down a rope to Jeremiah and drop the rags and old clothes to him.  He places the old rags and old clothes under his arms and the ropes go under his arms. He is lifted out. He is delivered from the dungeon.

God may not follow your blueprints but He will deliver you! Accept it and know that God knows best!

Singing the Song of Deliverance

Exodus 15 records what may well be the oldest song ever sung.  It is the song of deliverance:

Exodus 15
1 Then Moses and the Israelites sang this song to the LORD: “I will sing to the LORD. He has won a glorious victory. He has thrown horses and their riders into the sea.
2 The LORD is my strength and my song. He is my Savior. This is my God, and I will praise him, my father’s God, and I will honor him.
3 The LORD is a warrior! The LORD is his name.
4 He has thrown Pharaoh’s chariots and army into the sea. Pharaoh’s best officers were drowned in the Red Sea.
5 The deep water covered them. They sank to the bottom like a rock.
6 Your right hand, O LORD, wins glory because it is strong. Your right hand, O LORD, smashes your enemies.
7 With your unlimited majesty, you destroyed those who attacked you. You sent out your burning anger. It burned them up like straw.

The children of Israel sang this song after the Red Sea parted and Pharoah’s army drowned.

The problem: anyone can sing this song after the fact.  God is looking for people who will sing the song of deliverance while still in the problem! Israel had not learned anything.  Three days later they were murmuring again.

I will sing this song now before God brings the deliverance!

A Great Prayer Guide

Sylvia Gunter is a great friend. She is a powerful prayer warrior. Her website is: www.thefathersbusiness.com . She sends out a weekly newsletter. All of them are good. This week’s is an excellent prayer guide. I simply offer it now:

7 Prayer Principles Multiplied 7 Days A Week
For The World
1. Lift up Jesus as Lord to the glory of the Father and acknowledge His sovereignty, rule, and authority in your life, in the whole earth, and in a particular country.

*Glorify the King of kings. God reigns, Ps. 47:8. His dominion endures, Ps. 145:11-13.

2. By the blood of Jesus and in His all-powerful name, in prayer stand against all spiritual forces that are operating in the country to blind it, bind it, and hold it captive.

*Claim that the name of the LORD subjugates every opposing ruling power and causes every knee to bow in submission to His rule and authority. Eph. 1:21-22, Phi. 2:9-11.

3. Pray for the Spirit of God to open the heavens over a specific area or country.

*Pray for a Holy Spirit breakthrough over the traditional religious systems that dominate. Confess idolatry and sins of the nation/peoples. Rend the heavens and come down, Isaiah 64:1-4.

4. Pray for an awakened church. John 17.
*A spirit of humility, repentance, and revival 2 Chronicles 7:14
*For the church to move in unity, love, and power of the Spirit John 17:23, 24, 26

5. Pray for pastors and Christian leaders who are God-anointed, God-appointed, and God-empowered and for a mighty movement of intercessory prayer that is aggressive in spiritual warfare.

*God’s protection and will John 17:4, 11, 13, 15, 17, 19
*For use of spiritual weapons 2 Corinthians 10:3-4

6. Pray for political leaders to repent, receive salvation, and govern righteously and for the “most unlikely” unrighteous men to be converted and become radical disciples.

*Pray for Christians in leadership to know their God and stand strong in the fear of the Lord.
*Pray for all in authority – 1 Timothy 2:1-4
*For just men to rule in the fear of the Lord – 2 Samuel 23:3

7. Pray for the Lord of the harvest to reap multitudes for spiritual awakening and salvation and that new believers will be strong, growing disciples in the Lord.

*God is not willing for any to perish 2 Peter 3:9
*That God’s provision for sin be applied to the need of all those who do not know the Savior John 17:25
*That children and youth hear the gospel and learn the character of God and go forth as the “sent ones” Mark 10:14-15

Father, glorify Your name in all the earth.