As when fire sets twigs ablaze and causes water to boil, come down to make your name known to your enemies and cause the nations to quake before you! Isaiah 64:2
The presence of God is real. When God chooses to show up in power, there are clear effects. Isaiah gives us a couple of simple illustrations: when fire comes, twigs are set ablaze and water begins to boil. When God shows up, things begin to happen. The presence of God in revival is powerful and life-changing.
The ultimate purpose of His manifest presence though, concerns making His name known to the nations. British preacher Martyn Lloyd-Jones says it well: “Does it grieve you that we are living in a godless age…But, we are living in such an age and the main reason we should be praying about revival is that we are anxious to see God’s name vindicated and His glory manifested. We should be anxious to see something happening that will arrest the nations, all the peoples, and cause them to stop and to think again”
Father, come to Your people in power and glory. Make Your name known to the nations. More than anything else, this world needs to see and experience You! And Father, me too! I long to see You, Lord Jesus…not only at Your second coming, as I live day by day in full awareness of Your presence in my life.
–By David Butts, author of The Devil Goes to Church (Combating the Everyday Attacks of Satan)
Praise God for his agape love, a liberating power, expressed through selfless acts. Thank God for times when you have experienced his unfailing love for you, his child. Confess those times when you failed to love him. Commit yourself to modeling God’s love in all your relationships with others. Ask God to make you sensitive to those occasions when unconditional love can be expressed in your actions.
Pray that God will give you a vision for what he is accomplishing through the lives of those who are close to you.
–Prayer Points taken from Patterns for Prayer by Alvin VanderGriend (Click on the blue title for more information about this resource).