And a highway will be there; it will be called the Way of Holiness. The unclean will not journey on it; it will be for those who walk in that Way; wicked fools will not go about on it. No lion will be there, nor will any ferocious beast get up on it; they will not be found there. Isaiah 35:8-9
The way of revival is the way of holiness. It is always the encroachment of sin in the lives of believers that creates the absence of the power and perceived presence of God. Turning from sin (repentance) and a recommitment to following the ways of God will always mean a revival of holiness among the Lord’s people.
It is interesting that the earliest Christians were known as followers of The Way. Jesus said that He is the Way….the truth and the life. The Way of Jesus is the same Way of Holiness that Isaiah wrote about.
Jesus also described the Way as “narrow.” Isaiah shows that it is not a way for those who will not follow the Lord. The prohibition against lions and beasts on this way, may even have a spiritual warfare aspect, since the Bible describes Satan as a roaring lion. Could it be that the Way of Holiness is a place of spiritual protection as we follow the ways of the Lord?
Lord, You have called me to follow You and I recommit myself this day to staying on the Way. Help me to walk in the holiness that comes only from You. Father, may holiness become a topic and lifestyle that stirs the hearts of every believer. Forgive us for the worldliness that has so often marked Your Church. Through the grace of God we choose to walk now on that highway of Your making,…the Way of Holiness.
–adapted from HeartCry for Revival devotional 2011 by David Butts, author of The Devil Goes to Church (Combating the Everyday Attacks of Satan)
Give praise to the one by whom all things were created, the one in whom all things hold together, the head of the church (Col. 1:16-18). Thank God for giving direction and purpose to your life in this day. Confess those times in the past few weeks when you’ve tried to take over the direction of your life. Commit yourself completely to Christ’s leadership in this week. Ask him to help you find the time to listen for his voice at the beginning of each day.
Intercede for the leaders in your congregation, that they may find the wisdom and courage to follow Christ’s plan for your church without hesitating.
–Prayer Points taken from Patterns for Prayer by Alvin VanderGriend (Click on the blue title for more information about this resource).