Oh, that you would rend the heavens and come down, that the mountains would tremble before you! Isaiah 64:1
What a great heart cry for revival! Rip the skies apart and come down to be with Your people! Come in such power and awesome glory that the very mountains begin to shake in Your presence! Isaiah had caught a glimpse of the majesty of the presence of God and cried out for that glory to come into the experience of the people of God.
What are you praying for when you pray for revival? Do you ask for our assemblies to be more exciting? Do you ask to be happy? Maybe you ask to see many come to salvation? All of those things are good. But maybe our sights are set too low. Look with Isaiah to the skies and begin to cry out for God to come in power and majesty. May all the nations tremble before God as He manifests His presence in the midst of His people!
Holy Father, come and do what only You can do. Rend not just the heavens, but our hearts as well. Awaken our hearts to receive You in fresh new ways. Come in power and might, but also in tender mercy and love. Fill Your people with new love for Jesus and new awareness of all that He is for us.
–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.
Praise God as the Creator, Father, Savior, Lord, and indwelling Spirit of his church. Give thanks for “the holy catholic church, the communion of saints; the forgiveness of sins; the resurrection of the body, and the life everlasting.” Reflecting with God on how you aid or damage his church, confess any sin he reveals. Commit to being a helpful member of God’s community. Ask him to work through you to serve and enrich others.
Pray for each member of Christ’s body to excellently manage the treasures and gifts placed in his or her care. Ask God to prompt you to loving and generous service.
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