The desert and the parched land will be glad; the wilderness will rejoice and blossom. Like the crocus, it will burst into bloom; it will rejoice greatly and shout for joy. The glory of Lebanon will be given to it, the splendor of Carmel and Sharon; they will see the glory of the LORD, the splendor of our God. Isaiah 35:1-2
Scripture says that the land itself pays a price for sin. In the Old Testament, droughts, destructive wars, plagues of locusts, etc. all came as a result of unrepentant sin and the withdrawal of God’s protection. As the Lord’s favor returns to His people, the land begins to blossom again. The glory of God touches all of creation.
In the New Testament, we read of the world groaning as a result of sin and eagerly anticipating the return of Jesus to bring redemption. Salvation and revival is not just a personal matter, but affects society and the physical world. How eagerly we should be praying for revival, knowing that as we “see the glory of the Lord, the splendor of our God,” we can expect amazing transformation in the world around us.
Lord, how we long to see Your glory and be changed…not just at Your return, Lord Jesus, although we long for that, but also in a great revival that may precede Your coming. How desperately the physical world around us, our human societies and structures, and our individual families and lives need the transforming touch of Your presence.
–adapted from HeartCry for Revival devotional 2011 by David Butts, author of Asleep in the Land of Nod (Thirty Days of Prayer Toward Awakening the Church)
Praise the one who came as the Prince of Peace (Isa. 9:6). Thank Jesus for giving peace to his beloved ones (Jn. 14:27). Confess those times when you’ve allowed Satan to fill your soul with unrest. Commit yourself to bearing the fruit of peace by the power of the Holy Spirit (Gal. 5:22). Ask God to guard your heart and mind today with his peace (Phil. 4:7).
Warfare, bloodshed, strife, and turmoil mar every corner of the globe these days. But the good news is that Christ came “to reconcile to himself all things . . . by making peace through his blood, shed on the cross” (Col. 1:20). Pray for all those who seek to bring Christ’s reconciliation to a restless world.
–Prayer Points taken from Patterns for Prayer by Alvin VanderGriend