Maira Walker – Chicagoland
Ezra 9:8 “ And now for a little while, grace has been shown from the Lord our God, to leave us a remnant to escape, And to give us a peg in His holy place, that our God may enlighten our eyes and give us a measure of revival in our bondage.”
Ezra strikes again! I must admit that he’s one of my favorite superheroes of the bible. He had such a heart for God’s word and for righteousness….
His people were a few in number, poor, under a foreign king, but at least the land had peace from all its enemies. The battle wasn’t without; it was within the hearts of his own people. Ezra took a stand against the corruption and compromise in his midst. Right when he thought the dust had settled, he realized that his people needed to seriously get back on track with God! They had defiled themselves by marrying foreigners from the land.
In Ezra 9:4 it says “He sat there astonished until the evening sacrifice.” He was so shocked that the people had “intermingled”, despite all that they had been through. Ezra rose up from his heaviness, shook off the burden of his grief and got his spirit composed for communion with God. He fell on his knees and “put himself in the posture of penitence.” As he knelt there, hands reaching out to God he began to weep from the depths of his soul for the sins of his people. He owned their sins! He had to fight for the remnant that was left.
A sister in my church had a dream…….. In it she saw Jesus walking throughout the streets of Chicago. He knelt down in the middle of one of the streets and began weeping bitterly over the sins of Chicago. His heart was broken!
In our 40 days of fasting and prayer, let us remember the devastation and corruption of our cities.
Prayer: Oh Lord, may my heart break with the things that break your heart! Separate me throughout this fast. Let my life make a difference, let me be a superhero for my generation, let me be like Ezra……. “A peg in your holy place.”