Day 19 Joshua 6:4 “On the seventh day,
march around the city seven times.”
In 1994 Tony was deeply concerned that innocent children were being introduced to pornography simply because adult channels were one click away from cartoon channels. He authored legislation that would force the cable industry to fully scramble those channels and prepared to go and visit all 435 House offices and 100 Senate offices. He decided to circle the Capitol in prayer seven times before his visits knowing that prayer is the difference between us fighting for God and God fighting for us. After his seventh time around he even let out a Jericho shout!
Tony then began meeting with every member of congress. Some applauded his efforts but he was told over and over, his efforts were too late. He was trying to amend a bill that was already gone to markup and there was no way the chair was going to reopen the bill to include his amendment because it would open it to everybody else’s. As Tony walked out of his 220th office he was depressed, defeated, and ready to give up. He went over to the window and sat on the sill dejected, ready to go home. He writes this about what happened next.
“Never before, and never since, has God spoken to me so clearly. While I sat there looking down at the marble-tiled floor, totally dejected, these words were spoken to me as clear as a bell: ‘Who is doing this – you or Me?’ I can’t explain how I felt when I heard those words, but I straightened up and responded, ‘You are, Lord!’ Instantly I was filled with more excitement than when I had first begun. At each of the following 215 offices, my presentations were given with renewed faith.”
Just as Tony walked out of that 435th Congressional office his pager went off. Chairman Dingle had just agreed to allow his amendment to be added to his telecommunications bill. You see, Sometimes God Shows up; Sometimes God shows off!
God’s timing is always perfect. He’s never late. He’s never early. God is right on time all the time! It is no coincidence that Tony’s pager went off right as he exited the last office. We have a God who directs our steps, who prepares good works in advance, who causes all things to work together for good, who fights our battles for us! If you pray through, there will be a breakthrough! So, don’t lose heart. Don’t lose hope. Don’t lose faith. Don’t lose patience. Whatever you are praying for, interceding for, believing for – keep asking. Keep seeking. Keep knocking.
God rarely does things how or when we expect and it leads us to question His strange and mysterious ways. We may be pushed to the limits of our faith, our patients, of our gifts. That’s how our faith and character is built. I bet the Israelites had some questions about marching around Jericho for seven days. I bet they just wanted to go for it. But look how it turned out. They kept circling. If you keep circling, the walls will come down. If you pray through, the breakthrough is inevitable.
Go ahead. Keep circling!