Since ancient times no one has heard, no ear has perceived, no eye has seen any God besides you, who acts on behalf of those who wait for him. Isaiah 64:4
The nations that surrounded Judah worshipped an array of pagan deities, none of whom were concerned about those who worshipped them. Alone among these false gods, the One True God of Israel had compassion on His people and desired what was best for them. Among the people of the nations, it was hard to even imagine a God who acted on their behalf.
It is important for us to notice that God intervenes on behalf of those who wait for Him. Throughout the Bible we are commanded to wait for the Lord. It is precisely this waiting that allows Him to freely move in our lives. Those who wait, have submitted their desires to the One for whom they are waiting. They have chosen not to act until God acts. Rather than being a time of inactivity, waiting on God means intense focus that demands everything we are. As we cry out to God for revival in these days, it will mean devoting ourselves to waiting upon Him.
I wait for You Lord. My soul waits, and in Your Word I put my hope. I have set You before me always. Help me, Lord, not to run ahead… impatiently trying to do things for You without You. I have done way too much of that already. Teach me to patiently wait upon You so that I may then see Your amazing work on my behalf.
–Adapted from HeartCry for Revival devotional 2011 by David Butts, author of When God Shows Up: Essays on Revival. This resource is available at prayershop.org. Use the code CONPSP3 at checkout to receive an additional 10% discount on the book.
Praise “God, the Father Almighty, Creator of heaven and earth.” Thank him for being your Father through Christ Jesus. Confess tendencies to act like a spiritual orphan. Commit yourself to more consistently remembering the responsibilities and privileges of being God’s child. Ask him to help you bring honor to the family name.
Pray that your local congregation will bring pleasure to the Father through its weekly worship times. Ask God to help all members and regular attendees act with true family love toward one another.
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