Ron Sawka Ministries
August 25, 2021; Elul 17, 5781
“So Jehoshaphat dwelt at Jerusalem; and he went out again among the people from Beersheba to the mountains of Ephraim, and brought them back to the Lord God of their fathers. Then he set judges in the land throughout all the fortified cities of Judah, city by city” (2 Chron. 19:4–5).
“One thing have I asked of the Lord, that will I seek after: that I may dwell in the house of the Lord all the days of my life, to gaze upon the beauty of the Lord and to inquire in his temple” (Ps. 27:4, ESV).
The King Is in the Field Don’t Hold Back—Now Is Your Time to Ask!
I trust your summer has been a season of rest and refreshing. At the time, it was a bit hard to decide to take three weeks off from these updates and four weeks off from MPP, but I felt clearly from the Lord that we should take this length of time. Looking back, I’m glad that I did so. Resting when He tells us to connects to the Sabbath principle. If there ever was someone who didn’t need to rest, it would be God Almighty. Yet, He did rest on the seventh day (Gen. 2:2), and later commanded us to do so as well (Exod. 20:8–11). We don’t choose to rest because we can or can’t afford the time—we rest because the Lord told us to. Thus, resting when He tells us to is a sign of faith and trust. It is also a declaration that we are not trusting in our own efforts and strength, but that we are trusting in Him. He is our source. I have been refreshed and have seen great victories. I trust you have as well.
The King Is in the Field
We are still in the sixth Hebrew month, Elul, and one of its key concepts is “the king is in the field.” It’s the idea that the king is accessible; that he wants to meet with his subjects and help them. Normally, the king is in the palace and is more difficult to gain an audience with. But, “the king is in the field” means He is out there wanting to mingle with His people, wanting to hear from them, and looking on them with great favor.
It’s kind of like King Jehoshaphat who so wanted his people to be restored that he travelled from city to city urging them (2 Chron. 19:4). Another example is Melchizedek. He went out of the city to meet the returning Abraham and blessed him greatly (Gen. 14:18–20). But of course the greatest king who left His throne and came to help us is Jesus, “in whom we have boldness and access with confidence through faith in Him” at any time (Eph 3:12).
But “the king is in the field” carries the concept that you don’t need to hold back; you don’t need to ask carefully. Just ask. Now is your chance. It’s like blind Bartimaeus. When he heard it was Jesus walking by, he started shouting, “Jesus, heal me!” They couldn’t shut him up! He blurted it out—and he received his sight (Mark 10:46–52). Likewise, now is the time to ask. Don’t be overly careful and reason yourself out of asking a request. Sometimes we just need to blurt out what we want. A few thoughts are as follows:
We can expect restoration and coming much closer to God. Jehoshaphat’s purpose was that people be restored to God (2 Chron. 19:4). God wants to be so close to us.
We can expect justice. Note that Jehoshaphat appointed judges in the following verse (19:5). As we call out to God, we can expect His justice to come about. Unfair treatment will cease.
Ask for help with any personal failing or weakness. Even if you don’t understand yourself or why you fail, just blurt it out. Ask Him.
Ask to learn how to live daily in the presence of God. Note that Psalm 27 was read daily during the month of Elul. It talks about boldness and not being afraid of any enemy, even if surrounded by an enemy army. Yet David states the most important thing is that he could live continually in the presence of God. There is such a hunger in the heart of God’s people to know Him better—to experience more of His love, fire, and power. If you have that hunger, then just ask.
Thanks for praying,
Ron and Teddy
Seeing the Breakthrough and Increase
Elul—The Sixth Month of the Hebrew Year (Aug. 9–Sept. 6, 2021)
Elul is a time of preparation for the new year. Moses spent his third 40-day period on the mountain with God and received the law a second time (see Exod. 34:1, 27–28; Deut. 10:1–5). It was this same time period, Elul 1 through Tishrei 10, that Jesus was tested in the wilderness. He came out in the power of the Holy Spirit (Matt. 3:16) and began a new ministry. Enjoy this preparation time. God has new things for each one of us.
The blessings for the month of Elul may be found here.
Below is a list and times (Japan Standard Time) of public meetings you can connect with via Ron’s public Facebook page.
Apostolic for Russia—Friday, Aug. 27, 7:00–8:00 p.m., English/Russian
Apostolic for Chinese—Saturday, Aug. 28, 8:30 p.m., “Walking In and Maintaining Multiplication and Increase,” (English/Chinese)
Morning Prophetic Prayer (MPP)—Monday–Friday, 6:00–6:45 a.m. (MPP resumes Monday, Aug. 30.)
You can join the live broadcast via Facebook (Ron’s public page), or can access the other channels to view the recording at your convenience:
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