Prayer And Prophesy

                “Shepherd your people with your staff, the flock of your inheritance, which lives by itself in a forest, in fertile pasturelands.  Let them feed in Bashan and Gilead as in days long ago.  As in the days when you came out of Egypt, I will show them my wonders.”

                                                                                                                                                Micah 7:14-15

                A number of years ago as I was preparing a Bible Study on the final verses of the book of Micah I was led to reflect upon the graciousness of God’s dealings with His people.  Micah has been prophesying that God would chasten His people through the experience of a great disaster which would seemingly sweep the people of God right out of history.  As Micah has been describing this great judgment he has also been pointing to another great fact.  This is that there will be a deliverance coming for the remnant.  There will be people who will be brought by grace into a genuine repentance and seeking after their God in real prayer.  Micah concludes his prophesy with an impassioned prayer that God’s grace will sweep through His people so that they will return to Him.

                It is just like the way that the Apostle John concludes his prophetic book of Revelation with a brief and heartfelt prayer.

                “He who testifies to these things says, “Yes, I am coming soon.”  Amen.  Come, Lord Jesus.”

                                                                                                                                                                Revelation 22:20

                These Biblical Prophets remind us that even though God is sovereign in all that He does our response must always be one of believing prayer.  Every blessing we receive in this life will always come through real prayer.  This is our calling and our life as believers in Christ.

                As I was looking at these closing verses I came across these words written by Martin Luther which beautifully point to the heart of Micah’s prophetic words.

                                                “From Depths of Woe I Raise to Thee

                                                “From depths of woe I raise to Thee the voice of lamentation;

                                                Lord, turn a gracious ear to me and hear my supplication;

                                                If Thou iniquities dost mark, our secret sins and misdeeds dark,

                                                O who shall stand before Thee?

                                                To wash away the crimson stain, Grace, grace alone availeth;

                                                Our works, alas! Are all in vain; in much the best life faileth;

                                                No man can glory in Thy sight, all must alike confess Thy might,

                                                And live alone by mercy.

                                                Therefore my trust is in the Lord, And not in my own merit;

                                                On Him my soul shall rest, His Word upholds my fainting spirit;

                                                His promised mercy is my fort, my comfort, and my sweet support;

                                                I wait for it with patience.

                                                What though I wait the livelong night, and till the dawn appeareth,

                                                My heart still trusteth in His might; it doubteth not nor feareth;

                                                Do thus, O ye of Israel’s seed, ye of the Spirit born indeed;

                                                And wait till God appeareth.

                                                Though great our sins and sore our woes, His grace much more aboundeth;

                                                His helping love no limit knows, our utmost need it soundeth,

                                                Our Shepherd good and true is He, Who will at last His Israel free,

                                                From all their sin and sorrow.”

By retir158

I am a retired Baptist Pastor living in Leamington Ontario. I am a husband, a father to three and a grandfather to eight.

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