We must maintain our vigilance in prayer before God’s throne.
“He has told you, O man, what is good; and what does the Lord require of you but to do justice, to love kindness, and to walk humbly with your God?” ~Micah 6:8 NASB
God asks us to stand for justice for the weak, poor, and fatherless.
“Defend the weak, the poor, and the fatherless. Maintain the rights of the poor and oppressed. Rescue the weak and needy. Deliver them out of the hand of the wicked.” ~Psalm 82:3-4 WEB
God asks us to love kindness, and He defines kindness as ministering in love to orphans and widows. Kindness is also walking in purity before Him which takes the power of the Holy Spirit.
“Pure and undefiled religion in the sight of our God and Father is this: to visit orphans and widows in their distress, and to keep oneself unstained by the world.” ~James 1:27 NASB
“For God’s Kingdom is not eating and drinking, but righteousness, peace, and joy in the Holy Spirit.” ~Romans 14:17 WEB
God requests us to ask, seek, and knock, so that He can answer, reveal Himself, and open the doors of heaven.
“Ask, and it will be given to you. Seek, and you will find. Knock, and it will be opened for you. For everyone who asks receives. He who seeks finds. To him who knocks it will be opened.”
“Or who is there among you who, if his son asks him for bread, will give him a stone? Or if he asks for a fish, who will give him a serpent? If you then, being evil, know how to give good gifts to your children, how much more will your Father who is in heaven give good things to those who ask him! Therefore, whatever you desire for men to do to you, you shall also do to them, for this is the law and the prophets.” ~Matthew 7:7-12 WEB
While it is monumental for us to maintain our vigilance in prayer for the powerless, let us remember the focus is the Lord. The Ancient of Days, the Creator of the Universe calls us to humble ourselves and pray. God can do anything. Yet, He calls us to draw near and to pray, so that He can respond, forgive, and heal.
“And if My people who are called by My name humble themselves and pray and seek My face and turn from their wicked ways, then I will hear from heaven, will forgive their sin and will heal their land.” ~2 Chronicles 7:14 NASB
We can maintain a posture of faith because of God’s faithfulness. We stand on who He is as the Faithful and True One.
“I know the Lord will maintain the cause of the afflicted and justice for the poor. Surely the righteous will give thanks to Your name; the upright will dwell in Your presence.” ~Psalm 140:12-13 NASB
“Then hear from heaven their prayer and their supplication, and maintain their cause.” ~2 Chronicles 6:35 WEB
“Then hear in heaven their prayer and supplication, and defend their cause and maintain their right.” ~1 Kings 8:45 AMPC
“Then hear their prayer and their supplication in heaven, Your dwelling place, and defend their cause and maintain their right.” ~1 Kings 8:49 AMPC
Are we willing to maintain a posture of humility and prayer before the Lord on behalf of the powerless?
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Every Friday, I join an online Christian writing community, Five Minute Friday. We receive a one-word prompt and write whatever comes to our mind. The one-word prompt this week is maintain.