But you are our Father, though Abraham does not know us or Israel acknowledge us; you, O LORD, are our Father, our Redeemer from of old is your name. Isaiah 63:16
Today’s scripture passage has a powerful and much-needed statement of faith. In spite of the poor spiritual condition of the nation and their estrangement from God, His people still spoke out by faith the truth that God was their Father. It was an essential step for them. There was every indication that the presence of God has been removed. God, in fact, declared that he was fighting against them. But in their repentance and sorrow, they held on to the truth of their covenant relationship with God as their Father. It was a breakthrough moment.
How often we need those breakthrough moments. Christians everywhere are living below their spiritual potential. Prayers go unanswered. God seems far away. We wonder about our relationship with Him. It is time to speak by faith who He is and who we are in Christ. When we wonder and doubt whether revival can ever come again, it is time to hold on to the truth of God’s Word – that Jesus is coming for a Bride who is pure and holy, adorned in white…a Church that has been revived!
Father, how we love to call You by this name! You are indeed our Eternal Father. We have been brought into Your family through Jesus Christ, adopted as sons and daughters, and sealed with Your precious Spirit. Give me boldness to speak Your Word by faith, even when the circumstances around me seem to go against it. I believe You, Lord, more than my circumstances. Thank You for the unchanging nature of Your Word.
–Adapted from HeartCry for Revival devotional 2011 by David Butts, co-author of Revolution on our Knees: Thirty Days of Prayer for Neighbors and Nations. This resource is available at prayershop.org. Use the code CONPSP3 at checkout to receive an additional 10% discount on the book.
Praise God, your Father and great Teacher. Give thanks for teachers and mentors who helped make your paths straight (Prov. 3:6). Confess that you sometimes focus more on their quirks than their virtues. Commit yourself to noticing the good in those who can teach you more about faith. Ask God how you can best support education in your church.
Claim the Holy Spirit’s power to woo family members or friends who say Christianity makes no sense.
“A man’s state before God may always be measured by his prayers.” —J. C. Ryle