A Daily Prayer based on Judges 10:6-11:28 for 12/18/2014

Lord God, I pray that you will so work in my life and in the lives of ______________________ that each of us will become a mighty warrior in the Spirit. I pray that you will fulfill the calling you have on our lives and that no good purpose you have for us will fail to be realized. I pray especially for those among us whose past has been difficult, for those who have experienced great and painful rejection. I pray that the day will come when you will vindicate them in the eyes of those who have rejected them, and that they will be able by your grace to overcome the pain of their past in order to achieve great things by your power. I pray for any among us who find themselves in great distress today, and feel themselves crushed or shattered by the pressures of life. I plead with you to hear them when they cry out to you out of their oppression, and to save them and rescue them. I pray that you will come to the place where you intervene because you can bear their misery no longer. Please show us any ways in which we may have given ground to the enemy by sinning against you, forgetting you, or not serving you. Grant us a spirit of repentance, and through our repentance please take back any and all ground that has been given to Satan in our lives. May we be able to reclaim everything that is rightfully ours, every part of the inheritance you have given us in Christ. I pray that each of us will be a man of peace, who pursues with others the things that make for peace. Yet grant each of us a quiet inner strength to know when to stand our ground, even at the risk of conflict. May we only stand for what is right and just and consistent with your will. Please come to our aid when we encounter resistance or hostility from those who do not want peace but instead try to take advantage of us or treat us unfairly. Be our strength and protector, I pray. I pray that you will prompt us as a people to put our confidence only in public leaders who are men of good faith and integrity. We freely confess that we as a people have done what is evil in your sight and have forsaken you and stopped serving you. Your anger is rightly kindled against us, and we are in severe distress because of our own sin. I pray that your Spirit will move powerfully among us that we will cry out to you in repentance and confess that we have sinned against you and forsaken you. Please do to us and for us whatever seems good to you. Please deliver us us from ourselves. I pray that you will become impatient over our misery and raise up strong leaders among us who can lead us back to you. In Jesus' name, Amen. Judges 10:6-11:28 Jephthah 6 Again the Israelites did evil in the eyes of the LORD . They served the Baals and the Ashtoreths, and the gods of Aram, the gods of Sidon, the gods of Moab, the gods of the Ammonites and the gods of the Philistines. And because the Israelites forsook the LORD and no longer served him, 7 he became angry with them. He sold them into the hands of the Philistines and the Ammonites, 8 who that year shattered and crushed them. For eighteen years they oppressed all the Israelites on the east side of the Jordan in Gilead, the land of the Amorites. 9 The Ammonites also crossed the Jordan to fight against Judah, Benjamin and the house of Ephraim; and Israel was in great distress. 10 Then the Israelites cried out to the LORD , "We have sinned against you, forsaking our God and serving the Baals." 11 The LORD replied, "When the Egyptians, the Amorites, the Ammonites, the Philistines, 12 the Sidonians, the Amalekites and the Maonites oppressed you and you cried to me for help, did I not save you from their hands? 13 But you have forsaken me and served other gods, so I will no longer save you. 14 Go and cry out to the gods you have chosen. Let them save you when you are in trouble!" 15 But the Israelites said to the LORD , "We have sinned. Do with us whatever you think best, but please rescue us now." 16 Then they got rid of the foreign gods among them and served the LORD . And he could bear Israel's misery no longer. 17 When the Ammonites were called to arms and camped in Gilead, the Israelites assembled and camped at Mizpah. 18 The leaders of the people of Gilead said to each other, "Whoever will launch the attack against the Ammonites will be the head of all those living in Gilead." Judges 11 1 Jephthah the Gileadite was a mighty warrior. His father was Gilead; his mother was a prostitute. 2 Gilead's wife also bore him sons, and when they were grown up, they drove Jephthah away. "You are not going to get any inheritance in our family," they said, "because you are the son of another woman." 3 So Jephthah fled from his brothers and settled in the land of Tob, where a group of adventurers gathered around him and followed him. 4 Some time later, when the Ammonites made war on Israel, 5 the elders of Gilead went to get Jephthah from the land of Tob. 6 "Come," they said, "be our commander, so we can fight the Ammonites." 7 Jephthah said to them, "Didn't you hate me and drive me from my father's house? Why do you come to me now, when you're in trouble?" 8 The elders of Gilead said to him, "Nevertheless, we are turning to you now; come with us to fight the Ammonites, and you will be our head over all who live in Gilead." 9 Jephthah answered, "Suppose you take me back to fight the Ammonites and the LORD gives them to me-will I really be your head?" 10 The elders of Gilead replied, "The LORD is our witness; we will certainly do as you say." 11 So Jephthah went with the elders of Gilead, and the people made him head and commander over them. And he repeated all his words before the LORD in Mizpah. 12 Then Jephthah sent messengers to the Ammonite king with the question: "What do you have against us that you have attacked our country?" 13 The king of the Ammonites answered Jephthah's messengers, "When Israel came up out of Egypt, they took away my land from the Arnon to the Jabbok, all the way to the Jordan. Now give it back peaceably." 14 Jephthah sent back messengers to the Ammonite king, 15 saying: "This is what Jephthah says: Israel did not take the land of Moab or the land of the Ammonites. 16 But when they came up out of Egypt, Israel went through the desert to the Red Sea and on to Kadesh. 17 Then Israel sent messengers to the king of Edom, saying, 'Give us permission to go through your country,' but the king of Edom would not listen. They sent also to the king of Moab, and he refused. So Israel stayed at Kadesh. 18 "Next they traveled through the desert, skirted the lands of Edom and Moab, passed along the eastern side of the country of Moab, and camped on the other side of the Arnon. They did not enter the territory of Moab, for the Arnon was its border. 19 "Then Israel sent messengers to Sihon king of the Amorites, who ruled in Heshbon, and said to him, 'Let us pass through your country to our own place.' 20 Sihon, however, did not trust Israel to pass through his territory. He mustered all his men and encamped at Jahaz and fought with Israel. 21 "Then the LORD , the God of Israel, gave Sihon and all his men into Israel's hands, and they defeated them. Israel took over all the land of the Amorites who lived in that country, 22 capturing all of it from the Arnon to the Jabbok and from the desert to the Jordan. 23 "Now since the LORD , the God of Israel, has driven the Amorites out before his people Israel, what right have you to take it over? 24 Will you not take what your god Chemosh gives you? Likewise, whatever the LORD our God has given us, we will possess. 25 Are you better than Balak son of Zippor, king of Moab? Did he ever quarrel with Israel or fight with them? 26 For three hundred years Israel occupied Heshbon, Aroer, the surrounding settlements and all the towns along the Arnon. Why didn't you retake them during that time? 27 I have not wronged you, but you are doing me wrong by waging war against me. Let the LORD , the Judge, decide the dispute this day between the Israelites and the Ammonites." 28 The king of Ammon, however, paid no attention to the message Jephthah sent him.

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 Bryan Fischer pastored for 25 years and served as the chaplain of the Idaho state senate before becoming a part of the AFA family.