A very long time ago, a prophet by the name of Habakkuk penned these words:
I will stand at my watch and station myself on the ramparts; I will look to see what he will say to me, and what answer I am to give to this complaint. Then the Lord replied: “Write down the revelation and make it plain on tablets so that whoever reads itmay run with it. For the revelation awaits an appointed time; it speaks of the end and will not prove false. Though He linger, wait for Him; He will certainly come and will not delay.” – Habakkuk 1:1-2.
In this edition of Church Talk, which is directed to the body of Christ, these words from Habakkuk are strategic in these times as this ‘Call To Prayer’ is resounding to our people.
Let’s unpack what the prophet said within these three verses remaining within its boundaries without compromising the context of the chapter or the book. Come with me as we delve into this so we can understand what he’s saying and more importantly, how it applies to us, today.
To ‘stand at his watch’ was simply Habakkuk’s time to station himself on the ramparts, to watch over their city in order to alert their armies of outside invaders.
The rampart was that part of the city wall which was close to his home, and, as was custom in those times, walls were built to protect the cities. So the men were assigned, different times throughout the day, to various ramparts around the wall, to watch over their city.
However, in the case of Habakkuk, he is not keeping watch to protect his city, rather he is looking to the Protector of his city – God himself, to see what God will say at this time.
If you continued reading the book of Habakkuk (which we won’t because of my earlier comment) you would also notice that the prophet’s complaint is not about outside invaders seeking to attack their borders, rather his complaint is regarding the corruption and lack of justice within the city walls. God’s response to Habakkuk’s first complaint is worth delving into, however I will leave that for the reader to dig.
God’s response to the prophet is to, “write down what God would reveal to him, and keep it simple, so whoever hears it, can run with it.” God tells the prophet that, “it speaks of the end and will not prove false, and though He lingers, wait for him, He will come.”
Students of the Bible may notice that I have changed the last verse which is commonly translated, “… though it lingers, wait for it; it will certainly come and not delay.”
Hebrew understanding and theological scholars acknowledge the item ‘it’ but use the reference toward the Lord Himself, so have translated to ‘He’. I, too, share this position.
In this second ‘Call to Prayer’ I’m calling the body of Christ to take your stand at this time, as you were called for such a time as this. To station yourself on the ramparts of your homes, in your tapere, in the area of your profession and on the ramparts of our nation.
I’m calling us to see what the Lord would say to us on the various ramparts that make up the wall of our nation; from the wall of our airport as borders open up again, to the ports of our harbour with incoming goods, not only in Rarotonga, but the illegal goods that sneak past our security systems through the various uninhabited motus of the Cook Islands.
From the Ministry of Education and its impact on our future generations to Ministry of Health guarding our people’s health, and those who visit our shores. From the Cook Islands Financial Intelligence Unit keeping the financial movements in and out of our nation, legal, to the Ministry of Justice.
From the Cook Islands Police and the great work they do, to our Government and the direction they lead us in, as a nation.
To our spiritual leaders, feeding, leading and discipling God’s people, to our Ui Ariki, keeping our old ways that have really come to the forefront during this season through our punas, and the flag system.
From Ministry of Finance and Economic Management and the handling of our taxes, to the Private Business Sector who form part of the group which helps to keep our economy going.
I’m calling the Body of Christ to seek God and to listen to what He would say to us at this time, that we would know how to pray in these various areas I’ve prescribed.
There may be other areas that the Lord will lead you in prayer, please be sensitive to His leading, this is simply a call to His Body to See and to Pray and when necessary to Declare what the Lord has spoken.
For those who have ears, may you respond accordingly, Amen.