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Read: Zechariah 2

In the first six chapters, Zechariah shares eight visions he had in the night. An angel appears and explains the meaning of the visions, but we’re still left with a lot of symbolic imagery.

But there’s one picture in Chapter 2 that’s staying with me: a wall of fire.

“The declaration of the Lord: ‘I myself will be a wall of fire around it, and I will be the glory within it.'” (Zechariah 2:5)

Remember, Zechariah delivered his messages at a time when the temple had not been finished yet. Nor had the walls around Jerusalem been rebuilt. Jerusalem was a defenseless city. The people had every reason to fear their enemies in surrounding regions.

But God assures them that he will be their protector.

He will be a wall of fire around the city. And his glory will shine within it.

I can think of a couple areas in my life where I’m feeling pretty vulnerable — pretty wide open to attack. And today’s passage of Scripture has given me the words to pray.

Lord, be a wall of fire around me today.

Today and always.

WRITE IT

In a journal or notebook, write Zechariah 2:5.

“The declaration of the Lord: ‘I myself will be a wall of fire around it, and I will be the glory within it.'”

Or write any passage from today’s reading that stands out to you.

PRAY IT

Thank you, Lord, that you take a personal interest in your people. You care about their protection. You care about my protection. In every situation, Lord, I pray that you will be a wall of fire around me. Be a fiery shield the enemy cannot penetrate or extinguish. Thank you for the fierce way you love your children. I am so grateful for your love and grace and protection. In your name I pray, amen.

Denise J. Hughes

A lover of words and the Word. Author of #DeeperWaters and the #WordWriters Bible studies.

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