Luke 19:41-48

20 Nov

But as he came closer to Jerusalem and saw the city ahead, he began to weep. “How I wish today that you of all people would understand the way to peace. But now it is too late, and peace is hidden from your eyes. Before long your enemies will build ramparts against your walls and encircle you and close in on you from every side. They will crush you into the ground, and your children with you. Your enemies will not leave a single stone in place, because you did not recognize it when God visited you.”

Luke 19:41-44

Dear God, I think I need to go through and see how many times Jesus “wept.” In fact, I just stopped typing this to go check. According to the NIV, NASB, and the NLT translators, the only two times it is recorded that he “wept” is this instance and when Lazarus died. I think that gets overlooked here. He knows what’s coming. He knows what’s in his future. He knows the state of Jerusalem’s heart. All of this drives him to “weep.”

I pray that his prophecy for Jerusalem is not a prophecy for us as well, but it may very well be. I am disturbed by our country and it’s situation. The division is growing like a cancer. I’ve been trying to ignore it lately by staying away from social media, and while I think that’s been the right thing to do for my own soul, that certainly doesn’t mean that the divisive spirit has stopped. In fact, if I take my unifying voice out of the conversation–a voice that tries to speak of trust in you, peace, and love–am I becoming part of the problem.

Father, I don’t really care about this stuff as much as I should because I haven’t even come close to tearing up about it, much less weeping. I’ve been meaning to do prayer walks around our local hospitals and schools this week due to the COVID-19 outbreaks, but I’ve been too tired or too selfish. But I am concerned about all of this. I’m concerned about the spirit of division in our country, which is being fueled by media of all types (social, traditional, etc.) and on all sides. I’m concerned about sicknesses and deaths. I’m concerned about my friends who are sick, some of whom are in serious shape. Please help them. Please make this pain count. In fact, please make everything I’m praying about here that is happening to count. Help it to count for your glory and for your kingdom to come and your will to be done on earth as it is in heaven.

In Jesus’s name I pray,


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