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集體性為日本禁食代求 / 章啟明

 
 

集體性為日本禁食代求

/章啓明長老

2011年3月18日

 

以斯帖記四章1-3、13-17節

「末底改知道所做的這一切事,就撕裂衣服,穿麻衣,蒙灰塵,在城中行走,痛哭哀號。到了朝門前停住腳步,因為穿麻衣的不可進朝門。王的諭旨所到的各省各處,猶大人大大悲哀,禁食哭泣哀號,穿麻衣躺在灰中的甚多。……

末底改託人回覆以斯帖說:『你莫想在王宮裡強過一切猶大人,得免這禍。此時你若閉口不言,猶大人必從別處得解脫,蒙拯救;你和你父家必致滅亡。焉知你得了王后的位分不是為現今的機會嗎?』以斯帖就吩咐人回報末底改說:『你當去招聚書珊城所有的猶大人,為我禁食三晝三夜,不吃不喝;我和我的宮女也要這樣禁食。然後我違例進去見王,我若死就死吧!』於是末底改照以斯帖一切所吩咐的去行。」

 

一、以斯帖、末底改集體性的禁食禱告

但以理的禁食為了能洞燭先機,以斯帖的禁食為了能扭轉局勢—整個滅族的局勢。但以理和三個朋友持守信仰,作先知性禁食的禱告;末底改和以斯帖號召全書珊城的猶大人,三晝三夜不吃不喝作國度性爭戰的禁食禱告。同樣地,在新約使徒行傳第十三章中,安提阿教會禁食禱告,由先知教師團隊按手差派保羅、巴拿巴作使徒展開宣教之旅。而使徒行傳第十二章,教會晝夜不住的為彼得禱告,透過天使超自然的神蹟,在希律要提他出來殺害的前一晚,將他從希律的監牢中拯救出來。

但以理的禁食是一種素菜白水,不進美食、酒類的禁食,但以理一日三次不停止的向著耶路撒冷的禱告,是一種個人、代禱者常態性的禱告生活。以斯帖的禁食禱告,則是急迫性、集體性、城市和國家層面,扭轉局勢的屬靈爭戰禱告。

如今,我們的21天但以理禁食禱告,來到了最後的階段,連結了以斯帖的禱告(3/17~19),特別是在日本地震滿了七天的此時,我們特別來為日本代禱。

 

二、為日本禁食代求

新聞報導東京知事石原慎太郎論日本地震是天譴,談到日本的自高自大需要扭轉,卻遭到媒體一致性的打壓。石原的言行常有驚人之舉,但姑且不論他過去言行的爭論性,此次天譴說確是先知性的說法。日本集體性國家民族悔改的時機現在是來到了。當人們疑問地震、海嘯、大火、核變,再加上這幾天災區下雪,連續性的災難接踵而來,真的是令人們疑問日本怎麼了?特別是日本一向擁有在科技、工程嚴謹卓越的形像,為何在福島核電的災難中一再失控,造成各國撤僑,甚至作東日本滅亡說的最壞打算。其實日本的這一週(3/11~18日),如同一台戲,演給世人及天使觀看,這一切都是災難的起頭。神的確賜下災難和審判來到日本,但審判的目的不是毀滅,乃是要喚醒日本,讓各國都一起為日本代求,求神使日本:

1.悔改:棄絕神道教及一切偶像的權勢,為二次大戰中侵略傷害列國的惡行悔改。為日本驕傲自大又自卑的心態悔改,特別從大日本男人主義中悔改。為日本過去殺害宣教士,抵擋神,抵擋福音而悔改。

2.謙卑:透過此次地震有敬畏神的心,承認自己不能,服在神的大能中,求神賜下柔和謙卑的肉心代替石心,願意用神所賜給日本的各樣恩賜、才能服事列國,而非侵略心態。

3.復興:求神復興日本教會,在日本興起福音的大能者。求神開日本百姓心眼,賜下極大的收割。求神使日本進入日出之地讚美耶和華名的命定。求神使東方的海島日本開啟東門,啟動歸回耶路撒冷的海上絲路。

4.宣告:日本翻轉的時刻已來到。亞達月是轉憂為喜、轉危為安的月份,為日本代求,特別為核災不再擴大代求,宣告日本是我主和主基督的國。

 

 

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Day 18 (3/18): Corporate fasting and prayer for Japan

 

Esther 4 : 1-3, 13,15, 17

(1) Corporate fasting and prayer via Esther & Mordecai

Daniel fasted to know God’s wills in advance. Esther fasted to transform a situation of pending annihilation. Daniel and his three friends hold on to their faith, fasting and praying prophetically. Mordecai and Esther called all the Jews in Susa to fast for three full days. In the same way, as seen in Acts chapter 13, the church at Antioch fasted and prayed. Then the prophets and teachers placed their hands on Paul and Barnabas to be sent to their apostolic mission trip. In Acts chapter 12, the church prayed earnestly night and day for Peter. With the help of an angel of the Lord, Peter was released supernaturally. It was a miracle that Peter was rescued from prison the night before his trial before Herod.

Daniel’s fasting followed vegetarian diet without gourmet food and wine. Later, He continued to pray toward Jerusalem three times a day. He exemplified a regular, personal prayer life of an intercessor. Esther’s fasting and prayer was for an emergency. It was urgent and corporate. It was for spiritual warfare at the level of cities and nations to transform the situation.

Our prayer guide incorporates Esther’s prayer (March 17-19), ended with Purim celebration, into Daniel’s 21 day prayer regimen. Today, our focus is Japan as the nation enters the 7th day since 311 quake tsunami devastation.

(2) Fasting and pray for Japan

The news reported that governor Shintaro Ishihara of Tokyo described Japan's earthquake as divine punishment. He said Japanese politics is tainted with egoism and populism and need to be wiped out. He was criticized by the press a lot. Although his talk was criticized before, but his recent remark of the divine punishment was somewhat prophetic. The time for Japan to repent as a nation corporately has come.

When earthquakes, tsunamis, fires, nuclear disaster, snows in affected area…come one after another, people really questioned what went wrong with Japan. While Japan took pride in her high standard of technology and engineering, the Fukushima nuclear disaster got worse. Certain foreign countries took actions to relocate their citizens out of Japan. There is the talk that east of Japan may be abandoned. In the week of March 11 to March 18, Japan has been made a spectacle to the world and the angels. Yet these are merely the beginning of birth pangs. Indeed God gave Japan disasters and judgments. But the purpose is not to destroy, but to awake Japan. Let every nation intercede for Japan.

Our prayer focus for Japan is as follows :

1. Repentance

Repent form Shintoism and idolatry of other gods. Repent from Japan’s wicked deeds done during WW II invasions of other nations. Repent form pride-arrogance-low-self esteem complex. Repent from male chauvinism. Repent from killing missionaries. Repent from anti-God, anti-Gospel mentality.

2. Humility

In the midst of devastation, humble themselves to fear God. Submit themselves to the power of God, not their own strength. May God grant them hearts of flesh to serve, not hearts of stone to invade, nations with God-given gifts and talents.

3. Revival

May God revive churches in Japan. Raise evangelists to preach Gospel. May God open the hearts of Japanese and bring in great harvest of souls. May God lead Japan into her destiny to be a place of sunrise for praise.

May God open Japan to open the nations in Eastern gates, activate the Silk Route on sea to return to Jerusalem.

4. Proclaimation

It is turning point for Japan. In month of Adar, mourning turned to joy, crisis turned to safety. Intercede for Japan to end nuclear crisis. Proclaim Japan will be a nation for our Lord Jesus Christ.