PRAY WITH US for training God’s righteous judges: Father God, You are our Chief Shepherd and Overseer of our souls. Therefore You know the weakness of Your sheep and the weakness of Your shepherds. At times they even act as wolves. They use their positions for sordid gain and for lording it over those charged to them. So awaken the hearts of the shepherds. Let them hear the cries of the sheep that have suffered. Also, move them to repent and watch for the sheep instead of watch for themselves. But for those who refuse to repent, expose them and bring them through due process.
Help everyone who needs to know be patient with all due process—for the victims as well as the perpetrators. Rebuke irresponsible comments and unrighteous judgments on social media. Appoint righteous judges to bring them to repentance and restore them. Also restore the victims. Bring back the sheep who have strayed from the flock out of hurt or fear. And help them all hear the voice of the Chief Shepherd to draw them closer to Him and to warn them away from wrong relationships. Because Your love never fails. In Jesus’ name, amen.
PRAYER ALERT: Training God’s Righteous Judges over Sinning Leaders
In the past year, disputes have broken out among Christians over allegations of sexual sin against prominent ministers in the US and in Belize. After each allegation, too many Christians gone to social media with speculations, premature judgments and duelling accusations. Instead, we should call for righteous due process for both the accused and alleged victims. And for righteous judges, who are sorely lacking in the Body of Christ.
For we will judge the world when the end comes: “…do you not know that the saints will judge the world? If the world is judged by you, are you not competent to constitute the smallest law courts? Do you not know that we will judge angels? How much more matters of this life?” (1 Cor 6:2-6).
Instead of rushing to judgment on social media, we should run to God’s word. We should see our own sin in God’s light. For our own sin may be a log in our eye that blocks our vision of a brother’s sin. We must see clearly in order to judge fairly. “For it is time for judgment to begin in the household of God” (1 Pet. 4:17).
See ETG article on Training God’s Righteous Judges in These Last Days
DailyInsight: If you want to do more than just criticize, first pull the log from your own eyes (See Mt. 7:1-7).