“…Now, Yahweh our God, who brought Your people out of the land of Egypt with a strong hand, thereby winning renown for Yourself, as is the case today…
we acted wickedly.
Yahweh, in keeping with all Your justice, please allow your anger and fury to be turned away from Your city Jerushalayim, Your holy mountain; because it is due to our sins and the wrongdoings of our ancestors that Yerushalayim and Your people have become objects of scorn among everyone around us.
Therefore, our God, listen to the prayer and pleadings of Your servant; and cause Your face to shine on Your desolated sanctuary, for Your own sake.
My God, turn Your ear, and hear; open Your eyes and see how desolated we are, as well as the city which bears Your name. For we plead with You not because of our own righteousness, but because of Your compassion.
Yahweh…pay attention …and don’t delay action…
for Your own sake…my God…
because Your city and Your people bear Your name…”
Father, we could substitute America and Washington DC for Israel and Jerusalem and lament to You the witness of our disgraceful behavior before the whole world and most assuredly confess that it reflects the sin and wickedness of those who lived before us and we ourselves now. That would be a more accurate Replacement Theology.
We should be ashamed…and Father…there are those of us who are.
Every generation and individual has stood at their own “crossroads” and looked.
Every generation and person has had the opportunity to” ask about the ancient paths”, inquire which is the “good way and take it”.
And so many times they, we, said…”We will not take it.”
So here we are.
And here we will always be.
We put our trust in human wisdom and law but even in the best of intent it becomes corrupted. We don’t live according to the intent of the law but use the law to live the way we want to live.
We substitute what seems right in our own eyes for what You say is right.
Nothing man comes up with Father, will ever make things right in this world. And that is why it is all heading for and will come to an end.
But Father…and thanks be to You… until that time comes we each one of us standing at our personal crossroads can choose the Good Way, make it and preserve it as a reality in this world to counter the reality of darkness that abides alongside.
We can trust in Messiah Yeshua and love all Your people with the love Your Spirit gives us.
We can wash ourselves clean, remove evil deeds from Your sight, stop doing evil, learn to do good, seek justice, relieve the oppressed, defend orphans and plead for the widow.
We can act justly, love grace, and walk in purity… with…You.
If these will be the intent and guide for all our thoughts and decision making, the reality will be that law and order will not be corrupted, it will exist for the well being of all people and in the end many will be reconciled and at peace and in fellowship with one another and with You.
In our hopelessness, there is hope and reason to be glad.
You are righteous.
You are compassionate.
It is we who need to “pay attention”,
and not delay,
for the sake of Your Name…
which we carry…
for the sake of our own well being and that of our fellow human beings.
May we represent and reflect Your rightness and goodness in this world in which we live.
In Yeshua’s name we pray,