121 Days of Prayer
They Abandoned All the Commands of the Lord Their God
The purposes of this prayer are: Justice, Holiness/Righteousness and Guidance/Purpose.
Transcendent Lord, Israel’s sad history of apostasy and disobedience is summarized in this explanation of why the northern Israelite kingdom of Samaria was defeated by the Assyrian empire: “They would not listen. Instead, they became obstinate like their ancestors who did not believe the Lord their God. They rejected his statutes and his covenant he had made with their ancestors and the warnings he had given them. They followed worthless idols and became worthless themselves, following the surrounding nations the Lord had commanded them not to imitate. They abandoned all the commands of the Lord their God. They made cast images for themselves, two calves, and an Asherah pole. They bowed in worship to all the stars in the sky and served Baal. They sacrificed their sons and daughters in the fire and practiced divination and interpreted omens. They devoted themselves to do what was evil in the Lord’s sight, and angered him.” 2 Kings 17:14–17 (CSB). Merciful Lord, Christians must not make the mistake of assuming that their faith in Jesus is like possessing some sort of get-out-of-jail-free card that allows them to avoid any punishment for their evil actions. The letters of Paul assure us that sins that go unrepented affect our eternal reward, as well as affecting us while we are still living. Help us to turn away from our wickedness and repent, Lord. Amen.