Raising Our Sights

Oh, that you would rend the heavens and come down, that the mountains would tremble before you! Isaiah 64:1

What a great heart cry for revival! Rip the skies apart and come down to be with Your people! Come in such power and awesome glory that the very mountains begin to shake in Your presence! Isaiah had caught a glimpse of the majesty of the presence of God and cried out for that glory to come into the experience of the people of God.

What are you praying for when you pray for revival? Do you ask for our assemblies to be more exciting? Do you ask to be happy? Maybe you ask to see many come to salvation? All of those things are good. But maybe our sights are set too low. Look with Isaiah to the skies and begin to cry out for God to come in power and majesty. May all the nations tremble before God as He manifests His presence in the midst of His people!

Holy Father, come and do what only You can do. Rend not just the heavens, but our hearts as well. Awaken our hearts to receive You in fresh new ways.  Come in power and might, but also in tender mercy and love. Fill Your people with new love for Jesus and new awareness of all that He is for us.

–adapted from HeartCry for Revival devotional 2011 by David Butts, author of The Devil Goes to Church: Combating the Everyday Attacks of Satan

Prayer Points
Praise God, who teaches you to pray “not as I will, but as you will” (Mt. 26:39). Thank God for his counsel as you set the Lord always before you, thus keeping you from being shaken in any circumstance (Ps. 16:7-8). Confess your struggle with God’s will when you are tempted to fail him as you see the world prospering (Ps. 73:1-22). Commit yourself to God anew today, knowing he holds you with his right hand, guides and counsels you, and will take you to glory (73:23-28). Ask the Lord for the assurance that whenever you come to him, he will never drive you away (Jn. 6:37).

Pray that God’s kingdom will be advanced by your willingness to do whatever God may require of you and to do it joyfully (Acts 21:13-14).

–Prayer Points taken from Patterns for Prayer by Alvin VanderGriend  (Click on the blue title for more information about this resource).

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