Make The Crooked Paths Straight

Those of you who have not yet decided who to support in this presidential election — one out of seven, according to a recent poll — you hold the keys to the castle, and my prayers are with you.

Consider this disturbing report revealing details about Senator Obama’s support for Kenya’s Raila Odinga in 2006 (Odinga claims that he is Senator Obama’s cousin).  Watch this clip from YouTube, and then read the words of Isaiah, in Isaiah 59, below the clip:

Listen! The Lord’s arm is not too weak to save you,
nor is his ear too deaf to hear you call.

Lord, we cry out you!  Save us, Father, from ourselves.

All their activity is filled with sin,
and violence is their trademark.

Father, please protect us from violence, and place your shield of protection around us and around our brothers and sisters in Kenya and around the world.

They don’t know where to find peace
or what it means to be just and good.
They have mapped out crooked roads,
and no one who follows them knows a moment’s peace.

Please make the crooked roads straight.  Wipe away the distortions of the evil one so that those in our nation can see.  Awaken a desire within us to seek out your word…write your word on our hearts.

So there is no justice among us,
and we know nothing about right living.
We look for light but find only darkness.
We look for bright skies but walk in gloom.
We grope like the blind along a wall,
feeling our way like people without eyes.

Open the eyes of those who will vote this Tuesday, Father.  We call on you directly to intervene.

We look for justice, but it never comes.
We look for rescue, but it is far away from us.
For our sins are piled up before God
and testify against us.
Yes, we know what sinners we are.

We know we are not perfect.  We know that we have allowed the government to ban your word and our prayers from our public schools.  We know that we have left on the television at times that we should have turned it off.  We know we have caved in to the American “Keeping up with the Jones'” attitude at times.  We have neglected to pay attention to those we elect to lead us.  We have neglected to hold each other and ourselves accountable for our actions.  We have bailed out our kids when they would have been better off if we had just let them suffer natural consequences.  We have turned our backs on the needy without even realizing we are doing so.  Father, forgive us!  Help us turn back to you.

Truth stumbles in the streets,
and honesty has been outlawed.
Yes, truth is gone,
and anyone who renounces evil is attacked.

Those of us who take a stand for morality are attacked in the media.  “Evangelical” is a bad word in today’s society.  We are ridiculed.  We are berated for “clinging” to our religion.  The press that is charged with reporting the truth distorts it for their own aims, and they neglect to report information that proves the wolf really is in sheep’s clothing.

The Lord looked and was displeased
to find there was no justice.
He was amazed to see that no one intervened
to help the oppressed.
So he himself stepped in to save them with his strong arm,
and his justice sustained him.

As you did before, Lord, I pray that you will intervene.  I pray that you will step in and save us with your strong arm.

In the west, people will respect the name of the Lord;
in the east, they will glorify him.

We will glorify you and  your name, Lord, no matter what the outcome this Tuesday.  Still we plead for mercy and judgment…and that your will be done.

“The Redeemer will come to Jerusalem
to buy back those in Israel
who have turned from their sins,”[b]
says the Lord.

We have turned from our sins, Lord!  We believe in the name of Jesus, and we eagerly await his return!

“And this is my covenant with them,” says the Lord. “My Spirit will not leave them, and neither will these words I have given you. They will be on your lips and on the lips of your children and your children’s children forever. I, the Lord, have spoken!

Yes, Father, you are with us always.  Thank you for sheltering us beneath your wings.

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