O God, whose glory it is always to have mercy: Be gracious to all who have gone astray from your ways, and bring them again with penitent hearts and steadfast faith to embrace and hold fast the unchangeable truth of your Word, Jesus Christ your Son; who with you and the Holy Spirit lives and reigns, one God, for ever and ever. Amen.
(Book of Common Prayer, Collect for the Second Sunday in Lent)
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TRANSCRIPT: James Robison Speaking With Dr. Michael Brown
MICHAEL BROWN: Last question: I posted a minute or two ago, America exists as a nation today only by the extreme mercy of God, and I don’t think anybody has disagreed with that. You’ve been in ministry for decades, you’re past seventy years old now — do you feel an even greater urgency for the state of our nation than before?
JAMES ROBISON: Ben Carson was prophetic when he was asked the question, “Who’s going to lead America? What’s going to happen?” He said, “We’re going to get what we deserve.” Well the fact is — and Ben Carson would lead that move — we don’t want what we deserve. We have sown some seeds of terrible bitterness and rottenness, and we have rebelled against the truth of God. We have turned away from that which is precious and sacred. And we want mercy. We want grace.
We want to be like that nation that Jesus extended the invitation to as he prayed over Jerusalem, “Come to me, to the shelter and shadow, like chicks to the wings of a hen.” I want to see us rush back into the shelter of the Almighty. And that’s what we’re going to do. I do not want what we deserve. I want the grace and mercy and forgiveness of God, and I want him to restore the land, and heal the land like he promises he will, if his people called by his name will respond to the invitation he has extended.
And Dr. Brown, that’s what you and I are offering to people every day, because we are ambassadors for Christ, and so is every believer on this planet; and we don’t have to sign the title deed of this earth over to the devil and the kingdom of deception and darkness and defeat. We don’t have to do it.
MICHAEL BROWN: No, we don’t have to, and all authority in heaven and on earth resides in King Jesus, and ultimately every knee bows to him. Thank you, sir, for what you’re doing on the front lines. It’s been a special joy to be connected more with you this past year, plus get to know you better. My admiration has only increased in our time together, so thank you.
JAMES ROBISON: Mine to you, too. Thank you, Dr. Brown and all your audience, let’s pray. Let’s ask God’s will to be done on earth as it is in heaven: His kingdom come.
Lord, thank you for your grace and mercy in our lives. Every day, your grace is new (Lamentations 3:22-23) and nourishes and blesses us. We need you, Father. In the flesh, we are not worthy, but by your Son, because you loved us, we have been made righteous. We find rest and peace in you, God, and again, it’s because of your love and your grace and mercy. All you want is for us to trust you. All you want is for us to lay back down at your feet what you have given us. You are so good, God! You don’t want our excellence. You want your excellence in us. You don’t want us to do great things for you. You want to do great things through us so that you can show your glory and how much you love us. That just takes away so much religious pressure when we know that we don’t have to worry about what to do, but instead just need to focus on who we are in you, Jesus. Help us to continue to tap into that and to grow in you and in our love for you. Thank you, Jesus.
Father, we lift up Wendy’s prayer request:
That my husband Tony will return to our marriage and walk a godly path. I am taking a stand on my covenant vows. He has filed divorce and with other woman. Believes God told him to leave and release from marriage vows 2 months ago.
Holy Spirit, bring healing and redemption to this marriage. We know that this is not your perfect plan for Wendy and Tony, but we don’t know much else and really, we don’t need to. God, you are sovereign in all things and that includes this marriage. We ask that you turn Tony’s heart back to his wife and that you heal the wounds in Wendy’s heart so that she can rejoin her husband without any bitterness or resentment. Work a miracle in this marriage, Lord. Strengthen it so that it is stronger than it ever was before. Thank you, Father.