“Sow for yourselves righteousness, reap the fruit of unfailing love, and break up your unplowed ground; for it is time to seek the LORD, until he comes and showers righteousness on you” (Hosea 10:12).
“It is time to seek the Lord.” Those who are in periods of spiritual dryness often go looking for answers in many places. But God’s Word directs us to seek the Lord, for he is the only source for the renewing rain of heaven. You may argue, “But I’m already a Christian. Why should I seek the Lord?” The sad truth is that we all have a tendency to move away from His presence. We find ourselves spiritually dry and wonder why such a thing could happen to a believer. The Lord’s presence must be continually sought after. Complacency and a natural tendency toward getting distracted by the affairs of this world require us again and again to put aside other matters so that we may seek after the Lord. Whenever there is spiritual drought in the land and rain is being desired, the almost automatic response ought to be, “It is time to seek the Lord!” Seeking requires effort. It is not a vague desire but a consuming passion. It requires persevering prayer.
–Adapted from Asleep in the Land of Nod (Thirty Days of Prayer Toward Awakening the Church) by David Butts
Gracious Father, it is so easy to get distracted by the things of the world when my heart should be set upon Your plans and purposes. Pour a renewed passion within my heart to seek Your face and to live in Your Presence continually.
Praise the God of Israel, who comes in glory to meet with his people. Thank God for coming to consume the darkness and to make what is purified radiate with his glory (Ezek. 43:1-5). Confess any wickedness that hinders the brightness of his presence. Commit to letting God’s glory shine upon you in worship. Ask God to shine through you to others.
Pray that the Holy Spirit will cause the glory of God to blaze in you, setting your heart on fire for the lost. Ask that God will send forth his Word, bringing his light to lives swamped in darkness.
–Prayer Points taken from Patterns for Prayer by Alvin VanderGriend
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