Praying for the Crop to Fail

A cyclist who just started a farming business needs to harvest his crops, what does he do? He buys sickles! Ho hum… now there’s a dad joke for you! Seriously, crops are good things, right? Who would ever pray for a crop to fail? But there is an old adage based on Galatians 6:7 that simply states you reap what you sow, and sometimes what we sow is not always something we want to reap, especially when it comes to the darkness being experienced in our land and culture these days.

I don’t intend for this post to be all about listing the many sins of America or the Church in America over these past several decades. We all know we’ve been asleep and allowed the darkness to creep in and fully permeate all the major mountains of society. We know that we are indeed reaping what we’ve sown. So it isn’t surprising to hear people praying for this crop to fail, and for America to be redeemed. To be honest, crops have been known to fail and I’m on that bandwagon. Lord this evil we have allowed to be sown into our land over these last decades, may it completely and utterly fail, and may this once again be a country that glorifies You!

BUT… (see you knew there was a “but” coming, didn’t you) – in order for the crop to fail, God will have to go against the laws He himself has already established. Can He, in His higher law and authority usurp this lower law and bypass consequence? Yes, no question, He can. Can we be certain this is His plan? I know many who would like for it to be. They have this bifurcated belief that you reap what you sow UNLESS you’re a Christian in America, and then, well, you know, because we’re so special, then we’re sure God will make an exception in our case, and so surely God will swoop down and save us like the comic book hero we believe Him to be. After all, tyranny could never come to the land of the free, could it? Hmmm…

I know it’s nice to believe in Santa Claus but let’s look at a real life example in order to glean a bit of understanding around what scripture can tell us of reaping and sowing, and how we can fight this battle.

Anyone who knows me or is familiar with the book I just published, titled “Secrets of the Bride”, knows I have been saying we are all Esthers and that these days we find ourselves living in will reveal our “Esther” moments.

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The unknown can be scary, and yet at the same time there are those of us who sense that in some fashion, like Esther of old, we have been placed here and now for such a time as this. But when was the last time you really looked at the story of Esther? Long story short, the bad guy (that’s Haman) takes advantage of the graces and trust of the King of Persia (that’s Ahasuerus) by using the King’s signet ring to establish a law that stated on a certain day of a certain month, all Jews were to be annihilated. Anyone anywhere by law could slaughter any Jew and plunder their personal property.

Esther’s uncle Mordecai heard of this and came to the palace in deep mourning, wailing loudly and approaching the King’s gate dressed in sack cloth and ashes. Esther, who is busy living the fairy tale life, is mortified by this and sends a servant down to give him what I’ve heard pastors in a couple of sermons now refer to as “glad rags”. Why? Because denial loves outward appearances. Esther wanted Mordecai to put on a happy face and forget about all this noise of imminent danger towards her people. Besides, approaching the King on the matter would truly be putting her own life at risk, and so why should she rock the boat? An exchange takes place, where Mordecai utters these now famous words:

13 Then Mordecai told them to reply to Esther, “Do not imagine that you in the king’s palace can escape any more than all the Jews. 14 For if you remain silent at this time, relief and deliverance will arise for the Jews from another place and you and your father’s house will perish. And who knows whether you have not attained royalty for such a time as this?”  Esther 4:13-14 

Mordecai gave a dire warning to Esther, plainly telling her that if she chose to do nothing, the Lord would raise up another person or way to bring salvation, but she herself would surely die. She could face death by her choice to approach to the King or she would face death by her choice to do and say nothing. The risk she took would save not only her life but the lives of her people.

“Silence in the face of evil is itself evil: God will not hold us guiltless. Not to speak is to speak. Not to act is to act.”

Dietrich Bonhoeffer

But was Ahasuerus able to reverse the law set into motion by Haman and essentially cause that crop to fail? No, he wasn’t. Once the signet ring sealed the motion into law it could not be reversed. That crop had been firmly planted and it would surely come to harvest at the appointed time. So what happened? Another law was set into place that not only gave the Jews warning, but also allowed them to prepare, stand their ground, and fight back.

Did you catch all of that? Here’s a quick summary:

  • Once the law was established (or the “crop” had been “sown”), there was no reversing it (there would be a “harvest”)
  • Just because Esther lived in the King’s house didn’t make her exempt!
  • God was determined to save the Jews and He had established Esther as Queen for that very purpose
  • If she had refused, God would have raised another, but Esther would not have survived

Fast forward to today. God has chosen that we should be born into this time in history for a purpose, and He obviously wants us here now, otherwise we’d be out of here. An evil crop has been sown across our land while we willfully slept, and the harvest of that crop is not only coming, it’s upon us. We are about to reap what we sow. What can we do other than pray for the crop to fail? Here’s what:

  • Pray for a higher law to be established on earth as it already is in Heaven.  Just as in Esther’s day, when the King signed into law the motion that allowed all the Jews to prepare, fight, and overcome their enemies, we too can call down from Heaven God’s higher Kingdom law to be established here on earth so that we too can overcome.  Think of it a little like gravity and flight.  What goes up must come down.  Logically because of gravity, an airplane should never have been able to go up and stay up as long as needed but guess what – it does!
  • Prepare.  Just like the Jews of Esther’s day, we need to be prepared to fight with the understanding of HOW we fight out battles – in the spirit realm, by abiding in Him, staying close to His side.  Like the song that says “it may look like I’m surrounded, but I’m surrounded by You”.  Amen. He hides us when needed, and gives us the boldness and courage to speak out when needed. He even gives us the words to say.

Rest assured there is a battle coming that we cannot run from.  It is a crop fully ready and about to be harvested. BUT GOD… (oh how I love that phrase).

You are from God, little children, and have overcome them; because greater is He who is in you than he who is in the world. 1 John 4:4

2 thoughts on “Praying for the Crop to Fail

  1. However, there were many faithful Christ-followers in WW 2 who saved many from Hitler’s “Demon Reich,” yet died doing so. Most readily, I think of Betsy ten Boom, Corrie’s sister, and how she died in Ravensbrück before Corrie was released on a clerical error. And of Dietrich Bonhoeffer whose godly witness before his martyrdom left writings for us to show that there are things in this life that matter more than blessings in this life.
    Consider, too, our Lord’s illustration of the many widows in Israel in Elijah’s drought years and the many lepers in Israel in Elisha’s day; but both were called to minister to people NOT of Israel, though certainly many of the Israelite widows of Elijah’s day and lepers of Elisha’s day were godly, and probably died from hunger or leprosy.
    “Whether we live or whether we die, we are the Lord’s.” Romans 14:8
    ❤️& 🙏, c.a.

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