Recently my mom and I signed up to pray for President Trump. I had been hoping, that if we had enough prayers going up for the president and the nation, the Heavenly Father would have mercy in judgment and leave behind a blessing.
12 “Yet even now,” declares the LORD, “Return to Me with all your heart, and with fasting, weeping and mourning;
13 And rend your heart and not your garments ” Now return to the LORD your God, for He is gracious and compassionate, slow to anger, abounding in lovingkindness and relenting of evil.
14 Who knows whether He will not turn and relent and leave a blessing behind Him, even a grain offering and a drink offering for the LORD your God? (Joel 2:12-14)
Then while my husband and I were in the car, I fell asleep and had a brief dream. I saw all of us. There was an entire church congregation and full of others I did not know. In the lobby of the church was an entertainment center, but we the people, were praying!
I saw all of us in the church and I knew so many were praying, but we were all still sinning! We prayed at church, but ignored that we were sinning presently and the night before. We thought our sins were little and didn’t matter, so we didn’t turn from them as a church, or we thought no one saw us! I saw we were all still gossiping, lying and getting drunk, going out to bars, and parties. We thought it didn’t apply to us. We did not turn from our sinful ways. We thought the Lord would hear us, but because of our unrepentant sins, His face was concealed from us. (see Isaiah 59:2)
Right as I woke up, I knew our unrepentant sins were keeping our prayers from having any effect!
If we truly repent, and turn from those things, and pray, He will heal our land. (2 Chronicles 7:14)
8 If we say that we have no sin, we are deceiving ourselves and the truth is not in us.
9 If we confess our sins, He is faithful and righteous to forgive us our sins and to cleanse us from all unrighteousness.
10 If we say that we have not sinned, we make Him a liar and His word is not in us. (1 John 1:8-10)
1 Truly, the Lord’s hand has not become short, so that he is unable to give salvation; and his ear is not shut from hearing:
2 But your sins have come between you and your God, and by your evil doings his face has been veiled from you, so that he will give you no answer.
3 For your hands are unclean with blood, and your fingers with sin; your lips have said false things, and your tongue gives out deceit.
4 No one puts forward an upright cause, or gives a true decision: their hope is in deceit, and their words are false; they are with child with sin, and give birth to evil.
5 They give birth to snake’s eggs, and make spider’s threads: whoever takes their eggs for food comes to his death, and the egg which is crushed becomes a poison-snake.
6 Their twisted threads will not make clothing, and their works will give them nothing for covering themselves: their works are works of sin, and violent acts are in their hands.
7 Their feet go quickly to evil, and they take delight in the death of the upright; their thoughts are thoughts of sin; wasting and destruction are in their ways.
8 They have no knowledge of the way of peace, and there is no sense of what is right in their behavior: they have made for themselves ways which are not straight; whoever goes in them has no knowledge of peace.
9 For this cause our right is far from us, and righteousness does not overtake us: we are looking for light, but there is only the dark; for the shining of the sun, but our way is in the night.
10 We go on our way, like blind men feeling for the wall, even like those who have no eyes: we are running against things in daylight as if it was evening; our place is in the dark like dead men.
11 We make noises of grief, like bears, and sad sounds like doves: we are looking for our right, but it is not there; for salvation, but it is far from us.
12 For our evil doings are increased before you, and our sins give witness against us: for our evil doings are with us, and we have knowledge of our sins:
13 We have gone against the Lord, and been false to him, turning away from our God, our words have been uncontrolled, and in our hearts are thoughts of deceit.
14 And the right is turned back, and righteousness is far away: for good faith is not to be seen in the public places, and upright behavior may not come into the town.
15 Yes, faith is gone; and he whose heart is turned from evil comes into the power of the cruel: and the Lord saw it, and he was angry that there was no one to take up their cause.
16 And he saw that there was no man, and was surprised that there was no one to take up their cause: so his arm gave salvation, and he made righteousness his support.
17 Yes, he put on righteousness as a breastplate, and salvation as a head-dress; and he put on punishment as clothing, and wrath as a robe.
18 He will give them the right reward of their doings, wrath to his attackers, punishment to his haters, and even on the sea-lands he will send punishment.
19 So they will see the name of the Lord from the west, and his glory from the east: for he will come like a rushing stream, forced on by a wind of the Lord.
20 And as a savior he will come to Zion, turning away sin from Jacob, says the Lord.
21 And as for me, this is my agreement with them, says the Lord: my spirit which is on you, and my words which I have put in your mouth, will not go away from your mouth, or from the mouth of your seed, or from the mouth of your seed’s seed, says the Lord, from now and for ever. (Isaiah 59:1-21)
From that time Jesus began to preach, and to say, “Repent: for the kingdom of heaven is at hand.” (Matthew 4:17)
Author: Adriana Lynne
Adriana Lynne is a wife, homemaker and business analyst. She has been a Christian her whole life; with the Lord calling her at a very young age as a prophet. She grew up in Michigan and resides there with her husband and cat, Link.
For the last year, the Lord God has had her in His cave learning and growing ever closer to Him. He is moving her into a new season working with orphans and an evangelical outreach. Her passion is His passion. She is filled with His Spirit and her greatest desire is to love the Lord her God and serve Him only, while taking others with her!