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12th Day of 40

Today, Thursday, October 22, 2020, is 12 days from the November 3, 2020, Election Day in the United States. We are setting our prayer alarms for the 4 “Watches” of the day time–9 AM; Noon; 3 PM; and 6 PM. God challenged me to do this during the 40 days leading up to the November 3, 2020 Election Day. I am calling it the “40 Day Window of the Watchmen” (of prayer). At the 4 watches, I invite you to join us (Marceil and me) in a prayer for our nation of repentance and thankfulness. Pray from your heart, but if you need a prayer use this one: “FATHER, WE DECLARE OUR REPENTENCE OF OUR SINS; WE EXALT YOUR RIGHTEOUSNESS; WE EXPRESS OUR THANKFULNESS; WE LIFT OUR NATION BEFORE….PLEASE:FORGIVE US,UNIFY US,HELP US,DIRECT US,HUMBLE US,HEAL US,REVIVE US,RENEW US….”Yesterday, Marceil and I were talking about God answering prayer. We began to recount the number of prayers God has answered in, through, and during the pandemic of COVID 19. As we were talking I remembered a conversation from my childhood between my father and his best friend. Dad’s best friend had lived a pretty much pagan lifestyle until moving his family out of state. We visited them about a year after they moved to Colorado. The friend was telling Dad about coming to the Lord and learning about the power of prayer. (This was years before my dad came back to the Lord, so Dad wasn’t exactly buying it, but I was always interested in the things of God so it really stuck with me). Dad’s friend, Don Tooley said to him, “John, I have learned that prayer is so powerful, we ought to be careful as to what we pray! Think of this John: What if Jonah was on the side of the ship with a fishing pole praying that he would catch a fish?!?” My dad chuckled in sarcasm, but it really stuck with me.Combining the conversation with Marceil yesterday AND the comment from Dad’s friend back in 1968, I have a couple of reflections about this season we are experiencing. “WHAT IF’S” 1. “WHAT IF” we were praying for people to look to God? Wouldn’t a way for that to happen be a world-wide event that caused people to realize there is something that is happening they don’t have any control?2. “WHAT IF” we were praying to be closer to God OR: “Help me become more and more like Jesus” OR EVEN: “Help me to draw closer to you?” Wouldn’t a way for us to “draw closer to God” be a time when he forced us to isolate and feel a form of “solitude”? SOLITUDE is a spiritual experience where everything is blocked out except the presence of God. Jesus constantly ran toward solitude. I know….I know…we always think in terms of the time Jesus spent with people, but the truth is every time he was with people, he jumped in a boat, to get across the Sea of Galilee so He could get time alone with God. Solitude with God–in prayer–in communion with the Creator of the Universe is a precious gift. BUT WHAT HAVE WE DONE WITH THE PRECIOUS GIFT WE GAVE US OR IS GIVING US DURING “STAY AT HOME ORDERS” OR REQUIRED QUARANTEED TIMES? Have we seen it as an answer to our prayers, and really leaned in and drawn closer? OR–have we whined, complained about our exhaustion of being isolated, and binged on Netflix? 3. “WHAT IF” we were praying the world would come to Christ? Wouldn’t a world-wide pandemic do it? No? How about if JUST THE CHRIST FOLLOWERS SPOKE UP; STOOD UP; SPOKE OUT; RAISED THEIR VOICES TO BE HEARD; QUIT BEING SCARED AND FEARUL; and simply said it–COVID 19 is bringing me closer to God! COVID 19 is an answer to my prayers. COVID 19 is a terrible disease that wrecks health, takes lives, destroys economies, changes our way of life–BUT FORCES ME TO DEPEND UPON A POWER AND PRECENSE GREATER THAN MYSELF. 4. “WHAT IF” we pray for “God’s will to be done on earth as it is in Heaven”–MEANING: I am praying The Lord’s Prayer over my life every day? COVID 19 is; can be; should be; applicable at some level to every concept in The Lord’s Prayer. However, for the application to make sense in the face of a world-wide pandemic means you have to–“DENY YOURSELF, TAKE UP YOUR CROSS, AND FOLLOW JESUS.” The surge in so many areas of the US, Europe, Israel, and in the rest of the world we don’t know about or get reported (of the COVID 19 virus) MAY JUST BE an answer to our prayers for our world! I’m not sure we understood how important those days were when we were shut down. I believe God cares so much about us/for us that He is divinely interceding for us to draw closer; to lean in; to learn of Him! God Bless & Much Love, Marc & Marceil

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