What Are You Expecting?
For when you did awesomethings that we did not expect, you came down, and the mountains trembledbefore you. Isa.64:3
In CS Lewis’s Chronicles of Narnia, the lion, Aslan, is clearly a Christ figure. One of the story’s characters says of Aslan, “He is not a tame lion.” Nor is God tame. He delights in doing the unexpected. Dividing the Red Sea so the Israelites can walk on dry land through its midst…a pillar of fire…delaying the sunset so a battle can be won…protecting 3 boys in a fiery furnace…the Son of God dying on a cross outside Jerusalem. Awesome things that we did not expect!
When you pray for revival, what are you expecting? Maybe the best question is: how is God going to answer your prayer? We don’t get to choose. Our job is to ask. Perhaps we’ll see something like the Great Awakenings, or maybe the mountains will tremble. Whatever God chooses to do, it will be something so awesome that we never could have expected it!
Holy Father, we long for a fresh move of Your Spirit that awakens Your people and changes the nations. Come in Your awesome power. Help us, so that we are not hemmed in by our own expectations. You are God! You will do what You will do. We choose to fix our eyes on You and glorify You… however You manifest Yourself.
–adapted from HeartCry for Revival devotional 2011 by David Butts, author of Asleep in the Land of Nod (Thirty Days of Prayer Toward Awakening the Church)
Praise God that birth and conception are miraculous and a special gift from God. Thank him for planning all your days before you were even born (Ps. 139:16). Confess any dissatisfaction over the gifts and abilities God has given you. Commit yourself to God daily and, like Paul, be content in whatever situation he has placed you (Phil. 4:11). Ask God to bring personal peace as a member of your family.
Pray that children in your family circle and among your friends may be blessed with godly parents who are good examples and who discipline them in love (Prov. 22:6).
–Prayer Points taken from Patterns for Prayer by Alvin VanderGriend
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