Your name, El Kanna, tells us You are jealous of anything Your child has given their heart over to. Do not worship any other god, for the LORD, whose name is Jealous, is a jealous God. (Exodus 34:14 NIV) You were serious when You engraved in their heart the first commandment, You shall have no other gods before me. (Exodus 20:3) You cannot dwell in a heart whose space is occupied. You require all of Your child’s heart. Love the LORD your God with all your heart and with all your soul and with all your strength. (Deuteronomy 6:5 NIV) A partial heart will not do for You. You are jealous for Your beloved’s heart.
We risk so much when we cling to false idols! Those who cling to worthless idols turn away from God’s love for them. (Jonah 2:8) Please forgive your child for having idols—for looking to anything or anyone else to meet needs for which You provide. And I said to them, Cast away the detestable things your eyes feast on, every one of you, and do not defile yourselves with the idols of Egypt; I am the LORD your God. (Ezekiel 20:7 ESV)
Lord, You are jealous of anything that takes Your beloved’s heart, attention, and emotions away from Your providential care. Sometimes their troubles become an idol. The problems they stare at grow so big that You are pushed out of Your child’s line of sight. Worry takes some of Your space. (Matthew 6:25-34) Then fear interferes with Your perfect love. When Your child doesn’t see immediate change, unbelief and complaining block Your hand. (Numbers 14:2, Psalm 106:24) This grieves You!
Your child may be asking, “What idols do I have that God would be jealous of?” The answer: the internet, refrigerator, phone, the mall, work, ministry, addictions, people, their own way or false teachings. Turning first to these things or people for comfort, validation, hope, or provision is called leaving our first love. But I have this against you, that you have abandoned the love you had at first. (Revelation 2:4 ESV)
Forgive us please, Father.
What does someone do who is jealous of their space being occupied? They wait for the object of their desire to return. Therefore the LORD waits to be gracious to you, and therefore he exalts himselfto show mercy to you. For the LORD is a God of justice; blessed are all those who wait for him. (Isaiah 30:18 ESV) You love Your child so deeply You are waiting patiently for them to return to You. I pray they return to You this day!
Leaving You has had such a high cost. Your loved one’s lukewarm heart needs Your forgiveness. Today, they will remove their idols because their heart belongs to You. (2 Chronicles 16:9) Father, You can return to their heart to take Your place. Therefore tell the people: This is what the LORD Almighty says: ‘Return to me,’ declares the LORD Almighty, ‘and I will return to you,’ says the LORD Almighty. (Zechariah 1:3 NIV) They love YOU so much Jesus and want their relationship with You back. What happens now that Your beloved has cleaned their heart of idols and returned to You? This …
(Deuteronomy 30:3-10 MSG, emphasis added)
GOD, your God, will restore everything you lost; he’ll have compassion on you; he’ll come back and pick up the pieces from all the places where you were scattered. No matter how far away you end up, GOD, your God, will get you out of there and bring you back to the land your ancestors once possessed. It will be yours again. He will give you a good life and make you more numerous than your ancestors. GOD, your God, will cut away the thick calluses on your heart and your children’s hearts, freeing you to love GOD, your God, with your whole heart and soul and live, really live. GOD, your God, will put all these curses on your enemies who hated you and were out to get you. And you will make a new start, listening obediently to God, keeping all his commandments that I’m commanding you today. GOD, your God, will outdo himself in making things go well for you: you’ll have babies, get calves, grow crops, and enjoy an all- around good life. Yes, GOD will start enjoying you again, making things go well for you just as he enjoyed doing it for your ancestors. But only if you listen obediently to God, your God, and keep the commandments and regulations written in this Book of Revelation. Nothing halfhearted here; you must return to GOD, your God, totally, heart and soul, holding nothing back.
Yes, Father, “Outdo Yourself “in making things go well Your beloved child! May it be so!
In the mighty Name of Jesus we pray, Amen and amen.
I love you,
AMEN this prayer below!
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