The Prayer of Resignation September 2, 2011Posted by stevekerp in End Times, Marriage and Family, Uncategorized.
I actively encourage my readers and listeners to contact me for prayer support. A recent email along those lines generated a lot of response. One of the prevalent themes was either unsaved loved ones, or presumably Christian friends/family members who are unaware of or unconcerned about the obvious lateness of the hour. “No one can know the day or the hour” ends any discussion of prophecy, and unless the urgency of the Second Coming is communicated by the church leader (which it usually is not), the issue is of no concern.
It’s a painful type of rejection, and many know it first-hand. My mail bears testimony, and experience suggests that many who are experiencing this particular frustration did not ask for prayer for it. Perhaps that’s why the Lord prompted me to post these thoughts.
I’m there myself. I became a last-days “activist” (for want of a better term) maybe three or four years ago (maybe longer; time escapes me) but my online publishing of “The Final Fulfillment of Pentecost” really became a watershed in our family. In the past two years, I have tried a LOT of approaches that have not worked. I don’t think there is anybody in my immediate family who listens to the program or visits the Homework page.
There comes a time for Godly resignation. The believers and prophets in the early New Testament reached that point with the Apostle Paul, recorded in Acts 21:14. The prophetic message was clear, but hard-headed Paul had made up his mind and would not be dissuaded. Period. So with resignation:
… we ceased, saying, “The will of the Lord be done.”
I am at that point. Perhaps some of you are, too. You should not feel guilty because you can’t get through or because these people about whom you care so much don’t get it. Donna Partow spoke to that in her discussion of what she calls “prophetic prayer,” which she defines as: “The art of listening intently to the Father’s heart then accurately and boldly proclaiming God’s good, perfect and pleasing will for a given situation.”
When we use the word “prophesy” in this sense, we are not talking about predicting the future. Rather, we are proclaiming God’s highest and best future plan. Then it is completely up to the person being prayed for whether or not they choose to get into alignment with God’s plan.
To which I would add:
And may the will of the Lord be done.
It’s clear from scripture that none of us is supposed to be “in the dark” regarding the coming of the Lord. We are responsible for being obedient watchmen, but we are NOT responsible for results. The light is there. Some folks prefer darkness.