“For the earth will be filled with the knowledge of the glory of the LORD, as the waters cover the sea” (Habakkuk 2:14).
It is very easy in the midst of the difficulties and trials of everyday life, to lose our vision. Sometimes we slip into survival mode: “I just want to make it through today without messing up too much.” Other times, we begin to develop a maintenance philosophy for the Church and our part in it. If we can just maintain where we’ve been, we’ll be successful.
The pressures of everyday living seem to make fresh vision for the future a commodity we can’t afford. We ask, “How can we possibly begin to dream of more, when we aren’t doing very well with what we currently have?” And so we drift back into the weariness of plodding forward in our Christian lives, with our eyes firmly fixed on the ground in front of us so we don’t stumble.
The prophet Habakkuk virtually grabs our heads and jerks us upward. “Look, can’t you see?” he asks. “There is something on the horizon that is so huge that you won’t be able to miss it,” is the real message of Habakkuk. The prophetic Word from God is that there is coming a day when the knowledge of the glory (Presence) of God will be experienced on planet Earth. That shakes us to our core. Things will not always be as they have been. It is time for a fresh vision among the people of God! It is time to pray for the fulfillment of His Word. It IS going to happen!
Lord, thank You for giving me this fresh vision from Habakkuk. I long for the day when the earth will know Your Presence by experience. Help me to live for that! Pour out Your Spirit upon me so that I may pray and live in a way that hastens that day. Forgive me Lord, for sometimes living a mediocre life that fails to take into account what You are longing to do in and around me. Help me to see with the eyes of my heart what is on Your heart to do in and through me so that You receive honor and glory!
–Adapted from Revolution on Our Knees: 30 Days of Prayer for Neighbors and Nations by David and Kim Butts. This book is available at prayershop.org. Use the code CONPSP3 at checkout to receive an additional 10% discount.
Praise your God, whose right hand is filled with righteousness (Ps. 48:10). Thank him for being righteous in all his ways and loving toward all he has made (Ps. 145:17). Confess your own sinfulness, especially times in the last day when you have acted in an unrighteous way toward others. Commit yourself to being “filled with the fruit of righteousness that comes through Jesus Christ” (Phil. 1:11). Ask God to keep you in close communion with him throughout this day.
Ask God to enable believing teens among your family and friends to “say ‘No’ to ungodliness and worldly passions, and to live self-controlled, upright and godly lives” (Titus 2:12).
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