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Prayer Letter for January 2020 - Week Two

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Isaiah 62 Prayer Letter - January 15th, 2020 (Week Two)

Dear prayer partners,

As we stand at the beginning of the new year, let us draw near to God and expect Him to speak to us. God is in fact speaking constantly – through His Word, through circumstances, through our neighbors and friends, through nature; if we do not seem to hear Him, then the question is do we want to listen? The verse from the Torah which Jesus confirmed as the most important commandment illustrates just how important it is to listen: “Hear O Israel, the Lord is one.”

At first glance, that sentence does not even sound like a commandment. However, when we truly listen, something happens. When we understand that God exists, everything changes: the way we live, the way we think, the way we spend our money, our motivation and our plans. If He is the only God, then He has a total claim on our lives: He wants all our heart, all our mind, and all our strength. This is why this verse is called the first commandment, because all others are a consequence. May we live daily in the awareness of this profound truth. 

God speaks to us first and foremost through His word. As the Apostle Paul says: “All Scripture is given by inspiration of God, and is profitable for doctrine, for reproof, for correction, for instruction in righteousness, that the man of God may be complete, thoroughly equipped for every good work.” (2 Timothy 3:16-17) I do not know of any other book that surprises me with fresh revelation every time I read it. No matter how many times I have read a passage in the past, it always brings out something new. The Word of God is indeed “living and powerful, and sharper than any two-edged sword, piercing even to the division of soul and spirit, and of joints and marrow, and is a discerner of the thoughts and intents of the heart” (Hebrews 4:12). 

In this new year, make it a habit to read the Bible every day, and if this is already a habit, then strengthen your resolve. It is spiritual food that nurtures our souls.

If we read the Bible regularly, we will properly interpret the more extraordinary ways in which God sometimes speaks to mankind, like natural disasters or unusual signs. The Bible tells us how God wants us to react to these situations. We can learn from Jesus’ response to the news of a catastrophe in Luke 13:

“There were present at that season some who told Him about the Galileans whose blood Pilate had mingled with their sacrifices. And Jesus answered and said to them, ‘Do you suppose that these Galileans were worse sinners than all other Galileans, because they suffered such things? I tell you, no; but unless you repent you will all likewise perish. Or those eighteen on whom the tower in Siloam fell and killed them, do you think that they were worse sinners than all other men who dwelt in Jerusalem? I tell you, no; but unless you repent you will all likewise perish.’” (Luke 13:1-5)

Note how Jesus reframes the bad news by speaking about repentance. Jesus turns the question completely around by telling them to not dwell on what happened, but instead to inspect their own heart. Is there anything you should repent of?

Today, many people recognize that there are changes in nature which may constitute a sign to mankind. However, looking at the climate change alarmism, one cannot escape the observation that, instead of repenting and turning to God, people choose to worship the Creation – the Earth, the environment, etc. This is idolatry, and as such it will inevitably lead to the degeneration of society, irrational ideology, and loss of freedom. If we are “thoroughly equipped for every good work” by studying the Word of God, we should be able to avoid these pitfalls and contribute to creating a better world. 

Knowing the Word of God will also help us understand Israel. The restoration of Israel in our day is a work of God, which reveals His mercy and faithfulness. Fulfilling the words of the prophets, God is gathering the Jews back in their land, not because they deserve it but because He sovereignly decided so. And in the process, He speaks to the nations, so that “the nations know that I am the Lord” (Ezekiel 36:22). If national leaders are equipped with the knowledge of the Word, they can lead their entire nations to the blessing that comes from agreeing with God.

Let us, therefore, resolve to spend time with God in His word more consistently than ever. It is the anchor which will give us stability even in the midst of powerful storms – in our personal lives, in our families and in our nations. 

Let us also pray that God would raise up leaders after His own heart in our nations: people who would listen to Him, know His Word and show the path of righteousness to many.

Shalom from Jerusalem,

Mojmir Kallus
Vice President - International Affairs
International Christian Embassy Jerusalem

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