Mene, Mene, Tekel, Parsin

I witnessed a long-awaited answer to prayer in a court of law yesterday. Toward the end of the post is more information on that but first I am sharing a letter I sent to family and friends the day before the verdict.

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P R A Y E R acronym

Please continue to pray for the children to have justice and closure in this chapter of their lives.

Why do I keep asking for prayer support with praying scripture over this trial? I am aiming scripture at the bull’s-eye of this target and I have no intention of missing.

Jesus used scripture to aim at the bull’s-eye of the temptation, issue or challenge in front of Him during His time on earth. That means I can do the same thing; in fact, I can call on what I know God’s word has to say about such topics. This is why I have chosen so many scriptures out of the book of Psalms. I want to walk with God through this and these are the scriptures He has equipped me with. The enemy has had his feet on my promised land, and multiple children’s promised land, for long enough. I’m shooting him off it! I am not shooting at random; I am aiming for victory.

So please keep shooting with me; over and over and over and over and over. Stand up as a son or daughter of the King Eternal and take your rightful place as a master marksman. Keep practicing because at the end of this week I have faith the bull’s-eye will have a hole right through the middle of it!

 If you remain in me and my words remain in you, ask whatever you wish, and it will be done for you. This is to my Father’s glory, that you bear much fruit, showing yourselves to be my disciples.  John 15:7-8

 

As you pray remind the Lord who the defendant is:

Psalm 36

I have a message from God in my heart
concerning the sinfulness of the wicked;
There is no fear of God
before their eyes.

In their own eyes they flatter themselves
too much to detect or hate their sin.
The words of their mouths are wicked and deceitful;
they fail to act wisely or do good.
Even on their beds they plot evil;
they commit themselves to a sinful course
and do not reject what is wrong.

 

Intercede for the children:

Psalm 9

I will give thanks to you, Lord, with all my heart;
I will tell of all your wonderful deeds.
I will be glad and rejoice in you;
I will sing the praises of your name, O Most High.

My enemies turn back;
they stumble and perish before you.
For you have upheld my right and my cause,
sitting enthroned as the righteous judge.
The Lord reigns forever;
he has established his throne for judgment.
He rules the world in righteousness
and judges the peoples with equity.
The Lord is a refuge for the oppressed,
a stronghold in times of trouble.
10 Those who know your name trust in you,
for you, Lord, have never forsaken those who seek you.

11 Sing the praises of the Lord, enthroned in Zion;
proclaim among the nations what he has done.
12 For he who avenges blood remembers;
he does not ignore the cries of the afflicted.

16 The Lord is known by his acts of justice; the wicked are ensnared by the work of their hands.

 Psalm 18

I love you, Lord, my strength.

The Lord is my rock, my fortress and my deliverer;
my God is my rock, in whom I take refuge,
my shield and the horn of my salvation, my stronghold.

I called to the Lord, who is worthy of praise,
and I have been saved from my enemies.

 

16 He reached down from on high and took hold of me;
he drew me out of deep waters.
17 He rescued me from my powerful enemy,
from my foes, who were too strong for me.< br> 18 They confronted me in the day of my disaster,
but the Lord was my support.
19 He brought me out into a spacious place;
he rescued me because he delighted in me.

 

25 To the faithful you show yourself faithful,
to the blameless you show yourself blameless,
26 to the pure you show yourself pure,
but to the devious you show yourself shrewd.
27 You save the humble
but bring low those whose eyes are haughty.
28 You, Lord, keep my lamp burning;
my God turns my darkness into light.
29 With your help I can advance against a troop[e];
with my God I can scale a wall.

39 You armed me with strength for battle;
you humbled my adversaries before me.
40 You made my enemies turn their backs in flight,
and I destroyed my foes.
41 They cried for help, but there was no one to save them—
to the Lord, but he did not answer.

46 The Lord lives! Praise be to my Rock!
Exalted be God my Savior!
47 He is the God who avenges me,
who subdues nations under me,
48     who saves me from my enemies.
You exalted me above my foes;
from a violent man you rescued me.
49 Therefore I will praise you, Lord, among the nations;
I will sing the praises of your name.

 

My friend Kim, who traveled to the trial with me, and I did an ENORMOUS amount of praying Wednesday. We had a Bible plus index card notebooks full of favorite scriptures with us and we prayed them out loud over the verdict as we drove in the car and as we sat in the court room.

Here are two of my favorites; the first is from Romans 2:5 which I was praying/whispering, inserting the defendant’s name, when we received word that the jury had reached a verdict. I prayed it again as the verdict was read.

Romans 2:5 “But because of your stubbornness and your unrepentant heart, you are storing up wrath against yourself for the day of God’s wrath, when his righteous judgment will be revealed.”

Second is Daniel 5 and it is the story of Nebuchadnezzar seeing the hand writing on the wall. If you have not read it, or would like to refresh your memory, you can go to:  http://www.biblegateway.com/passage/?search=Daniel+5&version=NIV

25 “This is the inscription that was written:

mene, mene, tekel, parsin

26 “Here is what these words mean:

Mene[e]: God has numbered the days of your reign and brought it to an end.

27 Tekel[f]: You have been weighed on the scales and found wanting.

28 Peres[g]: Your kingdom is divided and given to the Medes and Persians.”

The hand writing was on the wall in the spiritual realm so we prayed,” Mene, mene, tekal, parsin” just before the the verdict was read.

You see our work is to pray. God’s work is to respond or act on our prayers; in His time and in His way.

I am grateful beyond words that God answered, “Guilty.”

Today I am emotionally exhausted but pleased, thrilled and relieved.

This is the beginning of a new chapter of life for everyone involved and as Kim said yesterday, “I bet that millstone is looking like a much better option than prison to him about right now.”

Matthew 18:6 “If anyone causes one of these little ones—those who believe in me—to stumble, it would be better for them to have a large millstone hung around their neck and to be drowned in the depths of the sea. “

Sentencing is in August and will most likely be somewhere between twenty-five years, without the possibility of parole, to life.

Here are some scriptures I have prayed to thank God:

 

Psalm 44:4-8

“You are my King and my God,
who decrees victories for Jacob.
Through you we push back our enemies;
through your name we trample our foes.
I put no trust in my bow,
my sword does not bring me victory;
but you give us victory over our enemies,
you put our adversaries to shame.
In God we make our boast all day long,
and we will praise your name forever.”

Psalm 30:11-12

You turned my wailing into dancing;
    you removed my sackcloth and clothed me with joy,
that my heart may sing your praises and not be silent.
    Lord my God, I will praise you forever.” 

Psalm 31:19-24

“How abundant are the good things
    that you have stored up for those who fear you,
that you bestow in the sight of all,
    on those who take refuge in you.
In the shelter of your presence you hide them
    from all human intrigues;
you keep them safe in your dwelling
    from accusing tongues.

Praise be to the Lord,
    for he showed me the wonders of his love
    when I was in a city under siege.
In my alarm I said,
    “I am cut off from your sight!”
Yet you heard my cry for mercy
    when I called to you for help.

Love the Lord, all his faithful people!
    The Lord preserves those who are true to him,
    but the proud he pays back in full.
Be strong and take heart,
    all you who hope in the Lord.” 

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Holy are you my heavenly Father. I love you, Lord Jesus. Thank you, Holy Spirit, my comforter and counselor.

 

 

 

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P.R.A.Y.E.R. for Innocent Children

P R A Y E R acronym

 

I may not be able to keep all child molesters off the street or pray specifically for all children who have suffered childhood victimization, but I can make a difference in four lives that I know of; possibly untold numbers of others.

So I pray.

Sixteen years ago I had concerns about a specific person’s behaviors and fourteen years ago the suspicions were confirmed. I have prayed fourteen years for God’s hand to bring safety and justice. Waiting on God’s sovereignty has been one of the most difficult faith walks of my life. Scripture, prayer and my daily relationship the Lord have been at times the only glue holding my sanity together.

I have wanted to shout from the roof tops and mountain tops what I know is true about this person, or point people in the direction of legal and professional documentation regarding this person, but a judge in a court of law made it clear I was not to keep this clergy member from attaining and keeping gainful employment.

I pray this is the week of redemption, of ‘Vengence is mine’, says the Lord, of justice, of vindication, of “If anyone causes one of these little ones—those who believe in me—to stumble, it would be better for them to have a large millstone hung around their neck and to be drowned in the depths of the sea.” Matthew 18:6

I pray this is the beginning of needed healing for young victims, young victims the church did not believe. My heart weeps and breaks for them…

Always believe the children.

Let us together end the reign of a child victimizer.

Please begin praying for the jury of twelve.

Pray:

  • for calm nerves in the midst of excitement, stress, denial, blame and judgment
  • they will not be overwhelmed by the responsibility of determining another person’s innocence or guilt in a court of law
  • they will trust and have favor toward the judge and the state prosecutor
  • they will not be blinded by the title, “Minister of the Gospel”
  • they will understand none of the defense’s witnesses know the defendant’s complete history, character or true personality
  •  they will listen, truly listen, to the young children who have been so deeply wounded by the profoundly wicked offenses committed in the name of love and in the name of Jesus
  • they will understand and believe the victim’s expert witnesses, doctors and counselors
  • they will not be persuaded by influences outside the court room
  • they will find the defendant guilty
  • they will sentence the defendant  to the fullest extent of the law (I understand the jury will decide this sentence)

If just one of the jury members believes the defendant is innocent the defendant will walk free. No record, no ankle monitor—free to return to ministry and they WILL return to ministry.

I know this is heavy content. Thank you for going before the throne of grace with me on behalf of innocent children.

One day we will all stand guilty as charged before our Just and Holy God but He will only see the blood of Jesus covering us. I am thankful Jesus is my advocate who lives to intercede for me, for you, and for the innocent children.  Jesus has paid our penalty in full. For this I thank Him!

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Scriptures to pray over the jury:

Proverbs 14:16 – The wise fear the Lord and shun evil, but a fool is hotheaded and yet feels secure.

Proverbs 14:33 – Wisdom reposes in the heart of the discerning and even among fools she lets herself be known.

Proverbs 15:2 – The tongue of the wise adorns knowledge, but the mouth of the fool gushes folly.

Proverbs 15:14 – The discerning heart seeks knowledge,

Proverbs 16:22 – Prudence is a fountain of life to the prudent, but folly brings punishment to fools.

Proverbs 17:24 – A discerning person keeps wisdom in view

Psalm 75 (The Message)

We thank you, God, we thank you—
your Name is our favorite word;
your mighty works are all we talk about.

2-4 You say, “I’m calling this meeting to order,
I’m ready to set things right.
When the earth goes topsy-turvy
And nobody knows which end is up,
I nail it all down,
I put everything in place again.
I say to the smart alecks, ‘That’s enough,’
to the bullies, ‘Not so fast.’”

5-6 Don’t raise your fist against High God.
Don’t raise your voice against Rock of Ages.
He’s the One from east to west;
from desert to mountains, he’s the One.

7-8 God rules: he brings this one down to his knees,
pulls that one up on her feet.
God has a cup in his hand,
a bowl of wine, full to the brim.
He draws from it and pours;
it’s drained to the dregs.
Earth’s wicked ones drink it all,
drink it down to the last bitter drop!

9-10 And I’m telling the story of God Eternal,
singing the praises of Jacob’s God.
The fists of the wicked
are bloody stumps,
The arms of the righteous
are lofty green branches.

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The lyrics in this video are applicable for boys and girls who have been victimized.