These are days of judgment. In the context of the Days of Awe, a ten-day period between Rosh Hashanah and Yom Kippur on the Hebrew calendar, there is judgment involved in evaluating one’s relationship with both God and man. Since judgment exposes sin and provides for its removal, sin’s ability to usurp blessing and perpetuate curse is also removed. Zechariah chapter eight provides a glimpse of God’s plan for the future once judgment is past. Israel is the subject of the passage; after judgment, she can expect God’s presence to be restored to her.
Thus says the LORD of hosts: “ ‘Let your hands be strong, you who have been hearing in these days these words by the mouth of the prophets… For before these days there were no wages for man nor any hire for beast; There was no peace from the enemy for whoever went out or came in… But now I will not treat the remnant of this people as in the former days,’ says the LORD of hosts. ‘ For the seed shall be prosperous, The vine shall give its fruit, The ground shall give her increase, And the heavens shall give their dew— I will cause the remnant of this people to possess all these. And it shall come to pass that just as you were a curse among the nations, O house of Judah and house of Israel, So I will save you, and you shall be a blessing. Do not fear, Let your hands me strong.’ ” (Zechariah 8:9-13, NKJV)
Pray for the peace of Jerusalem
Father, I pray for the peace of Jerusalem–peace for her borders and peace at her gates. Today I judge myself according to the biblical standard, asking the Holy Spirit to direct me. I remove the influences that grieve the Lord and invite the presence of Almighty God. My expectation therefore is that my seed shall be prosperous, my life fruitful, my labor productive and producing increase and the blessing of heaven all around me.