Roadmap to Restoration Pt. 1
At a kairos moment in God’s timetable, He stirred the hearts of His prophets and His people to return from captivity and restore worship, the law, and security to Jerusalem. The central figure to this work was the Holy Spirit. He moved on the hearts of exiles, prophets and pagan kings to rebuild the desolate places, anointing leaders to complete the work and bestowing favor for the provision of all that they needed.
It is our firm conviction that we stand at another kairos where God is with us in the same manner He was to rebuild His broken down city in the days of Nehemiah, Ezra, and the prophets of old.
The Book of Nehemiah gives a prophetic picture of our roadmap to restoration. Jerusalem and her people were demoralized and defenseless. Her walls were broken down and gates burned with fire. Nehemiah hears the report of desolation. He responds with intercession, and he gets a strategy from heaven for his nation:
“O Lord, let your ear be attentive to the prayer of your servant, and to the prayer of your servants who delight to fear your name, and give success to your servant today, and grant him mercy in the sight of this man” (Neh. 1:11).
Like Queen Esther before him, Nehemiah was one of God’s ambassadors uniquely positioned for influence and salvation in the high places of the land. As the king’s cupbearer, he was an entrusted servant of the court. And like Esther, he feared the Lord and recognized his position was for a greater purpose. He risked his life to appear before the king with a sad countenance, but he was seeking the opportunity to intercede on behalf of his nation. Christians stand before the Throne of Heaven. There is no higher authority or greater place of influence in any nation that the praying Church!
In the month of Nisan, in the twentieth year of King Artaxerxes, when wine was before him, I took up the wine and gave it to the king. Now I had not been sad in his presence. And the king said to me, “Why is your face sad, seeing you are not sick? This is nothing but sadness of the heart.” (Neh. 2:1-2)
We are in a time of revival. And the King is pouring out fresh wine to revive our hearts. It’s not a time for sadness. It’s a time for restoration.
Then I was very much afraid. I said to the king, “Let the king live forever! Why should not my face be sad, when the city, the place of my fathers' graves, lies in ruins, and its gates have been destroyed by fire?” (v. 3-4)
The place of our father’s graves—the spiritual and national heritage won for us by our fathers appears to be in ruins. Our gates are burned with fire in the absence of leaders who possess moral virtue or true wisdom. But the roots are there, and at the scent of water, they will send forth their shoots.
Then the king said to me, “What are you requesting?” (v 4)
Jesus has extended the favor of Calvary to all who believe. God has set His King on Zion, and Jesus is extending His scepter saying, “Ask of me and I will give you the nations” (see Ps. 2:8). This is the same Psalm prayed by the early church when they were pressed on every side by men and authorities under the influence of the antichrist spirit:
Sovereign Lord, who made the heaven and the earth and the sea and everything in them, who through the mouth of our father David, your servant, said by the Holy Spirit, “Why did the Gentiles rage, and the peoples plot in vain? The kings of the earth set themselves, and the rulers were gathered together, against the Lord and against his Anointed”—And now, Lord, look upon their threats and grant to your servants to continue to speak your word with all boldness, while you stretch out your hand to heal, and signs and wonders are performed through the name of your holy servant Jesus (Acts 4:25-26,29-30).
This is our request: Lord, Anoint us to rise and rebuild the cities of our fathers as an inheritance for our sons and daughters. Give us boldness, Your authority and the resources we need to rebuild our spiritual and national defenses. Give us leaders such that it would be to Your glory to repair our borders, our homes, our families, and give us the victory. Jesus, we declare you Lord over ourselves and over our nation. We plead Your blood by which You purchased nations, tribes, and tongues over America. We cry, “Arise O God, let Your enemies be scattered!”
And the king granted me what I asked, for the good hand of my God was upon me. (v. 8).
More than in Nehemiah’s day, “The good hand of our God is upon us!” We have His Spirit dwelling in us. We are the recipients of the blessings of Abraham poured out at Pentecost and ongoing to our day. We are part of His mission to bless all the nations through Jesus and the good news of the gospel. So let’s go forward.
Now the king had sent with me officers of the army and horsemen (v.9).
There are more that are with us than against us. As we pray and stand in the gap for America, let us not forget the heavenly hosts are rallied to His cause. We have personally received many confirmations of this truth including the angel fresh from battle who appeared to Mahesh from which our Enthroned: When God Reigns CD is inspired.
I went out by night by the Valley Gate to the Dragon Spring and to the Dung Gate, and I inspected the walls of Jerusalem that were broken down and its gates that had been destroyed by fire (13).
The Lord is revealing His strategies both hidden and revealed to His servants in the Church and in the public square in this hour. So as you look around and as you listen to the reports, do so using the down payment of your inheritance, the presence of the Holy Spirit for manifold equipping and enabling to see, understand, judge, and move in His power (see Is. 11).
This is our prayer:
Lord, by Your Spirit, enable us in the fear of the Lord to not judge by what our eyes see, or decide disputes by what our ears hear, but to judge with righteousness and decide with equity so that harmony is restored in the demonstration of Your kingdom and will on earth as it is in heaven.
But when Sanballat the Horonite and Tobiah the Ammonite servant heard this, it displeased them greatly that someone had come to seek the welfare of the people of Israel (V. 19).
Demonic principalities and powers are stirred up in great displeasure at the audacity of believers who have determined to seek the welfare of their cities and nations. As we have put forth in the second of our tactics for our Let God Arise prayer relay –Submit to God and Resist the devil.
So I answered them, and said to them, “The God of heaven Himself will prosper us.” (v. 20).
We are in a prophetic hour, a set time of favor for America to arise and shine in her destiny. It’s not by might nor by power, but by the Spirit of the Lord that we will rebuild and restore the desolate places of our nation and heritage. Let God Arise!
Also read our Let God Arise Article.
Mahesh and Bonnie Chavda, 6/14/2012