THE EZRA FAST – DAY 3

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SEVEN REASONS WHY WE MUST PRAY THE EZRA PRAYERS.

  1. GOD IS NOT PLEASED WITH PREMATURE DEATHS.

Ezekiel 18:23

Do I take any pleasure in the death of the wicked? declares the Sovereign Lord. Rather, am I not pleased when they turn from their ways and live?

Ezekiel 18:31-32

Rid yourselves of all the offenses you have committed, and get a new heart and a new spirit. Why will you die, people of Israel? For I take no pleasure in the death of anyone, declares the Sovereign Lord. Repent and live!

There is something special about prayer – it offers an opportunity to repent

Luke 13:1

Now there were some present at that time who told Jesus about the Galileans whose blood Pilate had mixed with their sacrifices. Jesus answered, “Do you think that these Galileans were worse sinners than all the other Galileans because they suffered this way? I tell you, no! But unless you repent, you too will all perish. Or those eighteen who died when the tower in Siloam fell on them—do you think they were more guilty than all the others living in Jerusalem? I tell you, no! But unless you repent, you too will all perish.”

Ezekiel 33:11

Say to them, ‘As surely as I live, declares the Sovereign Lord, I take no pleasure in the death of the wicked, but rather that they turn from their ways and live. Turn! Turn from your evil ways! Why will you die, people of Israel?

 

  1. TO INVOKE THE NAME THAT PROTECTS US.

John 17:11-15

I will remain in the world no longer, but they are still in the world, and I am coming to you. Holy Father, protect them by the power of your name, the name you gave me, so that they may be one as we are one. While I was with them, I protected them and kept them safe by that name you gave me. None has been lost except the one doomed to destruction so that Scripture would be fulfilled.

“I am coming to you now, but I say these things while I am still in the world, so that they may have the full measure of my joy within them. I have given them your word and the world has hated them, for they are not of the world any more than I am of the world. My prayer is not that you take them out of the world but that you protect them from the evil one.

WE ARE PROTECTED BY HIS NAME – APPROPRIATED THROUGH PRAYER

 

  1. DEATH HAS STRATEGIES TO GET MORE

Hosea 13:14

“I will deliver this people from the power of the grave;

I will redeem them from death.

Where, O death, are your plagues?

Where, O grave, is your destruction?

“I will have no compassion,

Death is an enemy!  It is a spirit being.    It is a personality of evil.  It is not silent.  It is the ultimate enemy to be defeated

 

1 Corinthians 15:26

The last enemy to be destroyed is death.

 

  1. TO ERADICATE DEADLY PRESUMPTION. 

Many people just presume that because it has never happened to them it will never happen

No basis

No Faith

Just presumption

We are to walk by Faith not by presumption.

Just like people who drive recklessly because nothing has ever happened they presume they are immune!

 

Psalms 33:16-20

No king is saved by the size of his army;

no warrior escapes by his great strength.

 A horse is a vain hope for deliverance;

despite all its great strength it cannot save.

 But the eyes of the Lord are on those who fear him,

on those whose hope is in his unfailing love,

 to deliver them from death

and keep them alive in famine.

 We wait in hope for the Lord;

he is our help and our shield.

 

  1. REVELERS ARE TARGETED BY THE spirit of death

Isaiah 5:14

Therefore Death expands its jaws,

opening wide its mouth;

into it will descend their nobles and masses

with all their brawlers and revelers.

 

  1. TO ANNUL THE COVENANTS OF DEATH. 

Isaiah 28:15

Because you have said, We have made a covenant with death, and with Sheol (the place of the dead) we have an agreement—when the overflowing scourge passes through, it will not come to us, for we have made lies our refuge, and in falsehood we have taken shelter.

Isaiah 28:18

And your covenant with death shall be annulled, and your agreement with Sheol (the place of the dead) shall not stand; when the overwhelming scourge passes through, then you will be trodden down by it.

APPEASEMENT OF DEMONS BRINGS TROUBLE

 

  1. DEATH AND DESTRUCTION are spirit personalities  that feed on those who die – they never gets enough – 

Proverbs 27:20

Death and Destruction are never satisfied and neither are human eyes.

  1. WE ARE PART OF THE LIFE TEAM SENT AHEAD TO PRESERVE LIFE.

Genesis 45:7

But God sent me ahead of you to preserve for you a remnant on earth and to save your lives by a great deliverance.

It was not the lives of his family only although they would benefit – GOD loves people HE DIED FOR THEM

 

  1. TO ADVANCE GOD’S GOOD PURPOSE 

There is a good reason why you are still alive – good enough to attach yourself to the preserving purposes of GOD through Prayer

Jeremiah 15:11

The Lord said,

“Surely I will deliver you for a good purpose;

surely I will make your enemies plead with you

in times of disaster and times of distress.

 

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