#1,225 Providing for the Widow and the Orphan (Zechariah 7:810)
Pray the word with david. Platt is resource from radical dot net zachariah chapter seven verses eight through ten in the word of the lord came executive is saying thus says the lord of hosts render true judgments show kindness and mercy to one another do not oppress the widow. The fatherless the sojourner or the poor and let none of you devise evil against another in your heart when a potent few verses when you think about the context here this is god's people and the process of rebuilding the temple and returning to god not just to the land that god had promised to bring them back to after the exile but returning to intimacy with god in right before this ends zachariah chapter seven. God talks about how they had participated in religious rituals and fasting and mourning in the fifth month in the seventh month. Talks about in verse five. So how for years gods people had done these things but they had missed the point like they had participated in religious ritual and yet they had not rendered true judgments then not shown kindness and mercy to one another they had oppressed widow's and orphans so jenner's and the poor. They devised evil against each other in their hearts. Is that possible to possible for the people of god to participate in religious rituals of all kinds including fasting and to miss the whole point by not showing kindness and mercy and justice to one another the world around them. So god we pray directly based on zachariah chapter seven. Percents eight through ten the you would help us to render true judgments to show kindness to one another to show mercy to one. Another got even as i pray. Each of these things got that you would help us to care for the widow to care for the orphan. To care for the sojourner to care for the poor and to not devise evil but the device good for one another in our hearts got even as i pray each of those things specifically i pray your spirit would open our eyes and our hearts to realize how we can do these things more faithfully in our lives. Swarner read them one more time straight from versus nine ten and as i read them we pray. Oh god they you would move our hearts and help us to think of maybe even just one or two specific ways after we finish this prayer that we might do these things not help us to render true judgments the show kindness to one another to show mercy to one another to not oppress the widow to care for provide for the widow to care for provide for the fatherless. The orphan to care and provide for the sojourner to care and provide for the poor. God we pray you would help us to devise good for one. Another not evil to another god. Pray for the leadership of your spirit in my life and everybody's life who's listening to this right now. You help us to put this into practice. What we are reading and zachariah seventy eight through ten to put it into practice. Today in specific ways according to your word in jesus name we pray amen.