For a little while your people possessed your holy place, but now our enemies have trampled down your sanctuary. We are yours from of old; but you have not ruled over them, they have not been called by your name. Isaiah 63:18-19
The consequences of Judah’s rebellion against God still faced them. Even their place of worship had been defiled by their enemies. That which was their spiritual birthright had been stolen from them because of their continued sin and rebellion. Sin, especially sin apart from repentance, brings serious consequences.
Has anything been stolen from you because of your sin? Certainly God’s Word teaches us that Jesus has given us His peace. Is your life marked by peace, or has it been stolen from you because of the sin of worry and anxiety? There are many things that God has given to His people, but because we have wandered away from Him, they have been lost to us. It is time to put a stop to the defilement of God’s holy place. As we, His people, return to Him in repentance and humility, we will see a restoration of the purposes of God for His people.
Lord, we have in so many ways been a plundered people. Through our sins, we have allowed the walls of our families, churches and nations to be torn down and the enemy has come in like a flood. Now Lord, as we turn back to You in repentance and humility, we ask You to rebuild the walls of protection, provision and purpose. Restore to us a double portion of the years the locust has eaten. Empower Your people to rise up in Your strength and provision to accomplish what You have called us to do!
–Adapted from HeartCry for Revival devotional 2011 by David Butts, author of When God Shows Up: Essays on Revival. This resource is available at prayershop.org. Use the code CONPSP3 at checkout to receive an additional 10% discount on the book.
Praise God for the example of servanthood given when Jesus washed the disciples’ feet (Jn. 13:5-15). Thank Jesus for his promise that you will be blessed in being a servant, following his example (13:17). Confess those times you are quarrelsome and resentful, not wanting to be a servant (2 Tim. 2:24). Commit yourself to God as Samuel did and respond: “Speak, for your servant is listening” (1 Sam. 3:10). Ask God to reveal clearly his assigned task for you, even as he did for Paul (1 Cor. 3:5).
Pray that your church will faithfully learn the joy of servanthood in every area, fixing their eyes on Jesus, not growing weary or losing heart (Heb. 12:2-3).
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