For when you did awesome things that we did not expect, you came down, and the mountains trembled before you. Isa.64:3
In CS Lewis’s Chronicles of Narnia, the lion, Aslan, is clearly a Christ figure. One of the story’s characters says of Aslan, “He is not a tame lion.” Nor is God tame. He delights in doing the unexpected. Dividing the Red Sea so the Israelites can walk on dry land through its midst…a pillar of fire…delaying the sunset so a battle can be won…protecting 3 boys in a fiery furnace…the Son of God dying on a cross outside Jerusalem. Awesome things that we did not expect!
When you pray for revival, what are you expecting? Maybe the best question is: how is God going to answer your prayer? We don’t get to choose. Our job is to ask. Perhaps we’ll see something like the Great Awakenings, or maybe the mountains will tremble. Whatever God chooses to do, it will be something so awesome that we never could have expected it!
Holy Father, we long for a fresh move of Your Spirit that awakens Your people and changes the nations. Come in Your awesome power. Help us, so that we are not hemmed in by our own expectations. You are God! You will do what You will do. We choose to fix our eyes on You and glorify You… however You manifest Yourself.
–Adapted from HeartCry for Revival devotional 2011 by David Butts, author of Asleep in the Land of Nod. This resource is available at prayershop.org. Use the code CONPSP3 at checkout to receive an additional 10% discount on the book.
Give heartfelt praise to God as Jehovah-raah, “the Lord my shepherd.” Thank God for leading you into quiet places and restoring your soul as you meet him daily in prayer. Confess those times when you have resisted the discipline and guidance of his shepherd’s crook. Commit yourself to becoming so familiar with the Lord’s voice that you will follow him without hesitation or fear (Jn. 10:3-5). Ask God to give you a shepherd’s heart toward others.
Pray that the unsaved people you know will come to meet and love their Savior, who wants them to “have life, and have it to the full” (Jn. 10:10).
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