Holy Week Thursday April 9, 2020 Intercession against vulgarity and violence
April 9, 2020, 8:52 AM

Thursday of Jesus' Passion week things began to really come to a head.  He had His last supper with the disciples, then went to pray in Gethsemane.  That is where the arrest took place which set into motion the chain of events that culminated at the cross.

As I pray and fast for victory over the virus and a great national turning of our hearts back toward God I again emphasize the centrality of repentance.  And while a person cannot repent for someone else, we can pray in an intercessory fashion, like Daniel for Exilic Israel in Daniel chapter 9.  Part of my prayer is for the conviction of the Holy Spirit upon individual hearts which is really Christ's love prompting us to get right with Him. 

We need to feel the guilt and shame of our willful, rebellious sin once again that can find remedy in the forgiveness that can only come to a repentant heart.  I am not referring to the unhealthy guilt we might experience if we are redeemed and doing our best with the help of the Holy Spirit.  I am talking about the Holy Ghost conviction we should feel when we willfully engage in, or grow complacent about things the scriptures blatantly call sin.

Today I am focusing my intercessory prayer of repentance for the nation on the unbridled vulgarity and violence that is ravaging our land.  My Bible still says "But now you must rid yourselves of all such things as these: anger, rage, malice, slander, and filthy language from our lips." (Colossians 3:8).  A tall order to fill?  Probably no more difficult for us that for the first century followers of Christ that Paul was writing to at Collosse.  Or maybe God just expected more from them than He does us and is going to give us a pass.  I don't think so.

We as a society-- and Church-- can do better just on our own, let alone if we let the blood of Jesus wash away our guilt and sin and receive the Holy Spirit in His cleansing power.

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