All of us have become like one who is unclean, and all our righteous acts are like filthy rags; we all shrivel up like a leaf, and like the wind our sins sweep us away. Isaiah 64:6
The prophet Isaiah and the Apostle Paul were listening to the same Spirit as they wrote of the universal sinful condition of man. In Romans 3:10, Paul writes, “there is no one righteous, not even one.” Neither Paul nor Isaiah will allow us to look at the situation in Judah’s day and say that we are exempt. On the contrary, Isaiah tells us that even our attempts to be righteous are as filthy rags. Impure motives and double-mindedness affect even those acts that appear to be right in God’s eyes.
As those who cry out for revival, we are reminded that we are not answered because of our own personal righteousness. Our place of intercession and petition before God has been secured for us through Jesus Christ. In humility and repentance, we come before the Lord seeking mercy and grace.
Holy Father, I humble myself before You today. I acknowledge the truth of Your Word concerning my sinfulness. Even in my attempts to please You, I often find deadly pride creeping in. Forgive me, Father! As I cry out for revival, I do so with the awareness that revival is not a reward for good behavior, but a great mercy from heaven, poured upon a people made aware of their sinful condition. Have mercy, Lord!
–By David Butts, author of The Devil Goes to Church (Combating the Everyday Attacks of Satan). This resource is available at prayershop.org. Use the code CONPSP3 at checkout to receive an additional 10% discount on the book.
Would you prayerfully consider a special gift to our ministry? If this daily devotional has been valuable to you, encouraged your heart, enabled you to share with others, etc. would you donate to keep this email free and available to whoever wishes to receive it? Please click on the Donate link and select “Connection Daily Devotions”. Thanks so very much! Your gift of ANY amount will make a difference! CLICK HERE TO DONATE!
Praise “the God and Father of the Lord Jesus, who is to be praised forever” (2 Cor. 11:31). Thank him for giving you spiritual leaders, past and present, who have led you in walking with God. Confess times of veering away on ungodly sidetracks. Commit yourself to following leaders who truly follow Christ, and ask God to use you as a godly leader for someone else.
Pray by name for those called to be the spiritual leaders in the households of your family and friends. Ask God’s Spirit to prompt them to the diligence such a great responsibility requires.
Connection is sponsored by Prayer Connect Magazine.
You may download a free issue of Prayer Connect Magazine here.
Click here to subscribe to this valuable resource that will help you and your church connect to the heart of Christ through prayer!
**The dollars you spend on our resources help Harvest Prayer Ministries to train churches to become houses of prayer for all nations! Visit our online PrayerShop! You will find many valuable resources on prayer to help you, your family and your church!