On Thursday, 2017 August 10, I participated in a prayer call for B’ney Yosef North America (BYNA). During the call, I prayed that Ephraim would not turn back in the day of battle this time (Psalm 78:9). WEB reads, “The children of Ephraim, being armed and carrying bows, turned back in the day of battle.” I prayed that we would be different this time and armed with courage. After the prayer call, that afternoon, I had a very powerful time of personal praise and worship. It was then the Father spoke so clearly and lovingly to me, “That the prayer I uttered earlier in the day was for me.” I inquired of the Father why this was so. He impressed upon me that the field of prayer is a battle field and that we are to enter into it through praise and worship. In other words, praise and worship is the gateway or door to the battlefield of prayer. If we don’t enter into this gateway to the battlefield of prayer, we will be like our Ephraimite ancestors who turned back in the day of battle. He said that I needed to repent of continuing in my forefathers footsteps. I had been turning back during the battles of prayer because I had not entered in through the gateway/doorway of praise and worship first. So Father, this day I repent and choose to enter into the gateway/doorway of praise and worship before I enter into the battlefield of prayer.
– Tzefanyah Pappas
Repentance has always been a crucial element in maintaining right standing with God. He warned the Hebrews to follow his instructions, and he told them what would happen if they rejected him and did not repent. In Deuteronomy 28:15-68, there is a long list of what God said would be the consequences of disobedience and unrepentance. He even specifically mentions the condition of the heart:
“…you will not find repose, and there will be no rest for the sole of your foot; rather Adonai will give you there [among the nations] anguish of heart, dimness of eyes and apathy of spirit.”
(Deuteronomy 28:65, CJB)
Unrepentance will cause anguish of heart, dimness of eyes, and apathy of spirit. Is this a condition you wish to suffer?
Make this your earnest prayer:
“Create in me a clean heart, O God; renew in me a resolute spirit.”
(Psalm 51:10, CJB)