While preparing this week’s lesson for our Shabbat fellowship, I was reading a study by Eddie Chumney and contemplating the sin of harlotry and how we, the people of YHWH, have such a propensity for it. At the end of his study there is an amazing prayer that just moved me to tears. It is a simple compilation of Scripture. I encourage you to read, ponder and even pray this prayer.
[Opening comment] I think it is time to stop building suburbs in Babylon and “come out of her My people”. May we join Daniel, who was on his face praying, while still in Babylon:
“O YHVH righteousness belongs to You, but to us shame of face, as it is this day–to the men of Judah, to the Inhabitants of Jerusalem and all Israel, those near and those far off in all the countries to which You have driven us, because of the unfaithfulness which we have committed against You. We have sinned and committed iniquity, we have done wickedly and rebelled, even by departing from Your preceptsand Your judgments. Neither have we heeded Your servants the prophets, who spoke in Your name to our kings and our princes, to our fathers and all the people of the land… We have defiled ourselves in the manner of our fathers, and committed harlotry according to their abominations… Now therefore, our Elohim, hear the prayer of Your servants, and our supplications, and for Your sake cause Your face to shine on Your sanctuary, which is desolate. O Elohim, incline Your ear and hear; open Your eyes and see our desolations, and the city which is called by Your name; for we do not present our supplications before You because of our righteous deeds, but because of Your great mercies. O YHVH, hear! O YHVH, forgive! O YHVH, listen and act! Do not delay for Your own sake, O Elohim, for Your city and Your people are called by Your name” (Dan. 9:7,5-6; Ezekiel 20:30; Dan. 9:17-19.
Oh that we would understand the depth of our iniquity. We MUST come out of Babylon and be Kadosh! Holy! Set apart! Messiah Yeshua freely opens that door, but when we invite Him in, we are called to ‘walk as He walked.’ That walk of righteousness is Torah.