Do not be angrybeyond measure, O LORD; do not remember our sinsforever. Oh, look upon us, we pray, for we are all your people. Isaiah 64:9
A powerful cry for revival is contained within today’s verse. The continued rebellion against God devastated the nation of Israel and caused them to lose the presence of God. But now the realization of sin had sunk in. Repentance and confession occurred. The people of God cried out for God to relent from his anger and to no longer remember their sins.
Their prayer was for God’s favor to return. This really was a prayer for revival…for the spiritual awakening of God’s people. For God to look upon them was to turn His face toward them again. They had wearied of trying it without His favor and presence. Now, as His repentant and returned people, what they needed more than anything was for His face to look upon them. Look to the written prayer below as we make this our prayer for the Church today.
Father, do not hold our sins against us. We have trusted more in our own strength, wisdom, and wealth, than in simple dependence upon You. Our assemblies are marked by entertainment, selfishness, discord, deadness and worldliness. We are desperate for Your presence with us once again. Look upon us Lord. We are Your people and we have been unaware of our great need for You. We are desperate for You to turn Your face to us and shine the light of the presence of Christ into our lives. Revive us again Lord!
–adapted from HeartCry for Revival devotional 2011 by David Butts, author of When God Shows Up: Essays on Revival
Praise God for his everlasting love (Jer. 31:3), which has no end. Thank God for demonstrating his love for you by sending his Son to die in your place (Rom. 5:8). Confess any lack of love you have experienced toward God or other believers. Commit yourself to bearing the fruit of love by the power of the Holy Spirit (Gal. 5:22). Ask God to enable you daily to “put on love” (Col. 3:14).
As you gather with other believers for worship this week, pray that “being rooted and established in love . . . [you may] grasp how wide and long and high and deep is the love of Christ” (Eph. 3:17-18). Let this thought flood your mind in worship.
–Prayer Points taken from Patterns for Prayer by Alvin VanderGriend