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Divine Deliberations

By Missey Butler
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CBN.com -- “A sign is posted outside the tall mahogany double doors that silently echoes, ‘Quiet, please. Court is now in session.’ Located just behind the thick, marble walls of the court room chamber, divine deliberations are even now beginning to take place.” This was the scene spoken of by a fellow intercessor as she described what she was seeing in the spirit realm.

Upon hearing her words, there was an unusual hush that began to settle over the prayer warriors in the chapel that particular morning. We all recognized the solemn moment, and with spiritual eyes, we began to see that God’s court of appeals was now beginning to move into session. We had been faithfully meeting every day in order to seek the heart of God concerning the urgent need of reform within the highest court. This was the first day of a 31-day nationwide prayer appeal that had been called in order to awaken the country to join forces in her fight against judicial tyranny.

Those who stand in the gap for righteousness understand that they have been given the keys to the Kingdom of God! All who pray have been granted authority to bind and loose on earth as it is in heaven! But, along with that privilege, we carry within ourselves the awareness that to whom much is given, much is required. No one who is wise will attempt to rush into the royal chambers of heaven and presume to speak carelessly before the Judge of the universe.

A poignant example is found in the Old Testament. It is the story of Queen Esther and how she approached a very dangerous task with great wisdom and great humility. Because she understood the enormity of the undertaking, she humbled herself and her court by declaring three days of prayer and fasting (Esther 4:16). Because of her keen insight into the importance of humility and protocol, she was granted a voice before the King on behalf of the affairs of her nation.

So it is with the royal priesthood of intercessors, those who cry out for God’s justice to once again rule and reign within the land. During this season of prayer, we wait humbly before the King, anticipating His every move with faith and watchfulness, knowing that our Lord, the great Judge of all, presides even now over the affairs of all men and relegates His authority through the faithful and fervent prayers of His saints!

For if you remain silent at this time, relief and deliverance for the Jews will arise from another place, but you and your father's family will perish. And who knows but that you have come to royal position for such a time as this?" (Esther 4:14,NIV).

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