Elul week 1: We earnestly pray the evil ‘Jericho’ Walls over America will fall!!
By Les’a Cole
Yes, there is craziness all around us … Praise YHVH we KNOW Who is our Rock! We also know in Whom we trust! Hallelu-YAH there is NO fear in Him!
What a huge blessing that this coming Friday, August 21, 2020, begins the Hebrew month of Elul – which is 30 days before the fall Festivals begin.
Elul (אֱלוּל) is the month leading up to the first festival. It is often said that Elul is an acronym, translated into English: “I am my beloved’s, and my beloved is mine,” from the Song of Songs 6:3 (in Hebrew: אֲנִי לְדֹודִי וְדֹודִי לִי). Elul traditionally is a month of Teshuva (תְּשׁוּבָה): a time of repenting and turning more fully to God … a 30-day period of preparation for the High Holy Days (which are Yom Tru’ah, also known as Rosh HaShanah, and Yom Kippur).
It’s amazing that the month of Elul “happens” to fall right now! During these last 7 weeks, we have been proclaiming that IF we, as believers, will turn from our ways that are displeasing to Him, He will heal our land!!! (2Chron 7:14).
Also, this month of Elul is often associated with the story of the prodigal son. Remember how the son repented & drew near to his father. Even as we are our Heavenly Father’s children, whom He loves very much, we all have areas in our lives that He wants to draw us into a more holy walk with Him.
When a special guest comes to our home, there is much anticipation and preparation. In the same way, our Heavenly Father wants us to prepare now for His appointed times with Him during His festivals.
I believe God is asking each of us to prepare for the upcoming Festivals by reflecting on things in our lives which He wants to change.
The “co-incidence” (not!) of Elul’s occuring now; our weekly prayer & fasting (including the Jericho March); and Shabbat morning prayer are part of His greater plan for us as individuals and us as a nation!
Friday, we begin our annual Jericho March fast. Every year, we see amazing miracles from His hand during these days of Elul!!
What are we willing to give up? (Could be a no-pleasant bread fast or no TV or refraining from an unpleasing attitude. In past years, many of us have abstained from sugar and/or gluten.) What one abstains from is not important.
What is important, is the denying of ourselves. Are we willing to give up something for America’s safety, for our nation’s protection, for evil walls to be exposed and broken?
The Jericho March is in addition to our Tuesday prayer and fasting. Our nation, our fellow citizens, NEED our prayers … our intercession. This Jericho March fast is a great step. We are spiritually marching around those evil walls that are holding our country captive.
Let’s join together during these days and ask Him to begin with changing us and to change the dynamics and evil in our country.
I encourage you to jot down what you’re giving up and what you’re wanting to see God do. (If you want, tell me or text me what you’re giving up & for what you’re praying. And I’ll pray specifically for you.)
We believe we are going to see Him move and that the walls around America’s ‘Jericho’ are going to fall!!!
- “If My people who are called by My name humble themselves, and pray and seek My face and turn from their wicked ways, then I will hear from heaven and will forgive their sin and heal their land,” 2 Chron 7:14 ESV
- “Whatever you ask in My name, that will I do, so that the Father may be glorified in the Son,” John 14:13 NASB
“Hallelujah, precious Father, Your season of Teshuva begins Friday. Help us to draw close to you during this season. Help us to deny ourselves that we might more clearly see Your face. We bless You! Protect Israel, heal our land, bring peace to our land. Raise up righteous leaders! Bless each of those who chooses to join us in this period of denying ourselves. In the holy Name of our soon-coming King and Messiah, we pray.”