Tuesday, February 22, 2022

THE LONELY CITY

Today’s¬†Reading: Lamentations 1-2

Click scripture link to read online or HERE to listen online (then click the symbol of the audio speaker above the scripture portion).

 

There are many covered stone streets in the Old City of Jerusalem. In this picture, one orthodox Jew walks up an incline. Imagine Jeremiah, who was left behind in Jerusalem, after most of the people were taken captive to Babylon.

GOOGLE MAPS – To see where the photo was taken, click HERE.

 

Key Verses: Lamentations 2:11

My eyes fail with tears,

My heart is troubled;

My bile is poured on the ground

Because of the destruction of the daughter of my people,

Because the children and the infants

Faint in the streets of the city.

 

According to the dictionary, a “lament” is a poem expressing passionate grief or sorrow. “Lamentations” is such a poem. Each chapter in this book¬†contains 22 stanzas, but chapter three has 66 (22×3). Each stanza begins with the succeeding letter of the Hebrew 22-letter alphabet. Jeremiah’s prophecies came true, and he had every right to say, “I told you so!” He not only knew the Word of God, he knew the heart of God! Here in chapters 1 & 2, Jeremiah cannot stop weeping. Can we hear the weeping in the voice of Jesus when He said of Jerusalem the words found in Matthew 23:34-37. Jesus ministered in person in Jerusalem, as did Jeremiah. Shortly before the next great destruction of Jerusalem, Jesus is recorded saying the words of Matthew 24:6-14.

PRAYER FOR TODAY:

Lord God, I pray for the same heart of compassion and grief as was evident in Jeremiah and in Jesus. Grant me, I ask, the strength to bear a burden of intercession for my country and its great cities, towns, villages and country areas. Increase my capacity to care for people who are all very precious and of infinite value to You. I pray in the Name of the One who cared more than anyone else for people, the Lord Jesus Christ. Amen!!!

100 PERSONAL WORDS:

The photo below shows the street lights of Burlington and the lights on the Burlington Skyway Bridge over the entrance to the Hamilton Harbour. The light is reflected off the snow and ice. The harbour is frozen over and the ships are docked at the wharfs for the winter. In the distance are the lights of the city of Hamilton. Fire is visible coming from the huge chimneys at the steel plants, Stelco and Dofasco. For a time I served as a pastor of a Hamilton congregation. Often early in the morning I would walk to the brow of the escarpment which overlooks Hamilton from the opposite direction from where this picture is taken. There I would pray over the needs of these cities, sometimes weeping as I cried out to God for His mercy and salvation to come to many more people. I am committed to prayer and to experiencing a greater manifestation of the caring heart of Jesus than ever before.

Yours for a heartfelt concern for people everywhere!

David

10 thoughts on “Tuesday, February 22, 2022

  1. Dear Father, I don’t know how to pray this morning. I am in shock at what has happened to the land we always thought of as strong, glorious, and free.
    I do pray for all Your people; help each one keep their eyes fixed on You, the Author and Finisher of our faith.
    Please keep on raising up Your Godly people – help each one to glorify You in all they say and do. And help many to hear Your Word, turn to You, and live. Thank You, Father, in Jesus’s name, amen

    Thank you also, Charlene, for your prayers every day at 7, and thank you to all you others, for your words of wisdom, encouragement, and love. May God bless each one of you.

  2. How empty are her streets,
    For there are no children singing
    Nor the sound of their feet
    And no silent bells ringing,
    For the Lord’s hand has risen
    And laughter has been hauled away,
    For sin has built it’s own prison
    So she alone will stay.
    The above words came out as I was about to post the poem below.I doesn’t happen very often now but that used to be a daily and hourly ‘habit’.
    How lonely Jeremiah must have been when he was freed from a burning prison.

  3. For the 22nd day from the “Prayer Map of Canada”
    1. Pray that the influence of the Holy Spirit would dissolve every argument and pretension exalted against the knowledge of God. (2 Cor. 10:3-5)
    2. Pray for Quebec.
    -Pray for the leaders of the province, that God’s Spirit would influence them to act justly, serve with integrity and honour high moral standards. (1 Tim. 2:1-4)
    -Pray for the churches of the province, that they would be lighthouses beaming forth the illuminating truth of God’s Word.

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