April 25th - Devotion
“Awake! Awake! Clothe yourself with strength, you arm of the Lord! Awake, as in days gone by, as in generations of long ago.” Isa. 51:9
Have you ever felt like Gideon, a young Israelite, when an angel appeared and said; “The Lord is with you, you mighty man of courage?” Keep in mind that Gideon was threshing wheat in secret for fear of his enemies. Because of Israel’s great evil, God allowed the Midianites to defeat them. After seven years of oppression, the people cried unto the Lord for deliverance.
Gideon asked the angel, “If the Lord is with us, why has all this befallen us? And where are all His miracles which our fathers told us of?” Like Gideon, our hearts should desire, not just to hear about the miracles of past generations but to experience them in our lives today.
Ever since God heard the groanings and cries of his people in Egypt, and responded by sending Moses to deliver them, He has repeated this act of goodness many times throughout history. Whenever His people realize that their sins and lack of zeal for the Lord has opened the door for the enemy and they begin to pray asking God for forgiveness and restoration, He begins to move in their behalf with signs and miracles.
Mal. 3:6 states, “For I am the Lord, I change not; therefore you sons of Jacob are not consumed.” God is merciful to those who call upon Him out of a humble and sincere heart. “If My people, which are called by My name, shall humble themselves and pray, and seek My face, and turn from their wicked ways, then will I hear from heaven, and will forgive their sin, and will heal their land.”
Prayer: O Lord, we have heard of all your wonderful works throughout the past generations. We have seen and experienced your power even in our lives as you have saved, healed and blessed us in so many ways. Yet Lord, we desire to see your glory in ways we’ve never seen before. We cry out to you that revival fires would burn in our hearts and spread to those we come in contact with, in Jesus name.
“And now, Lord, behold their threatenings, and grant unto Your servants, that with all boldness they may speak Your word, by stretching forth Your hand to heal, and that signs and wonders may be done by the Name of Your holy child, Jesus. Acts 4:29-30
We are moving into a time that has been spoken of for centuries. It’ a time that the Bible refers to as the last days. What happened on the Day of Pentecost was only the beginning of what Joel prophesied. As they received the early rain of the Spirit, the early church experienced the glory of God as thousands received salvation, healing and the baptism with the Holy Ghost.
In James 5:17, we are exhorted to “be patient unto the coming of the Lord.” In other words, don't lose heart or give up, Jesus is coming again. James tells us that He’s “waiting for the precious fruit of the earth, and has long patience for it, until He receives the early and latter rain.’ The mercy of the Lord endures forever. He’s waiting for the church to take it’s place and prepare for His glory to come, reaping the harvest of lost souls for His kingdom. It’s time for the latter rain to fall.
Just as believers in the Book of Acts met resistance, so will we as we press to usher in revival. And just as He did then, God will give us boldness to speak His word, with signs following.
Healing is God’s dinner bell. It’s time for the church to ring that bell and let the world know that Jesus is the same yesterday, today and forever. Healing is the children’s bread but it’s time we share it with the sick and suffering. The Lord will work notable miracles by our hands if we will believe and step out in faith, laying hands on the sick.
Prayer: Father, creator of the heavens, the earth, the sea and all that is in them, we bow our knees unto You and pray for Your power and glory to manifest in a greater way than we have ever seen. We desire and ask that the gifts of the Spirit would operate and become commonplace in our church that You will be glorified as people are healed and blessed.
"O Lord, I have heard thy speech, and was afraid, O Lord, revive thy work in the midst of the years, in the midst of the years make yourself known! In wrath earnestly remember mercy." Hab. 3:2
The prophet heard God speaking of divine judgment and was afraid for the nation of Israel. He knew that unless the people repented, their sin would bring the wrath of God upon them. His response was to pray for revival in the land. An outpouring of God's Spirit is the only hope for a backsliding nation that has forgotten God. "The wicked shall be turned into hell and all the nations that forget God." Ps.9:17
As the prophet prayed, he appealed to God's mercy. Mercy rejoices against judgment. The heart of Gold is to forgive and restore people into a right relationship with Himself. That's why we must pray for revival now. The Lord has sent out from heaven a cry for revival. The sin of our nation is great and demands justice, just as when "the cry of Sodom and Gomorrah" ascended to God's ears because "their sin was very grievous."
Are you willing to live without revival? I, for one, refuse to live apart from an outpouring of God's Spirit. Let us lay aside every excuse that keeps us from praying and pursue hard after God until He rains righteousness upon us. Let us lay hold of God in faith, believing that He will hear us and send showers of mercy and grace, bringing conviction upon first the church and then, the world of lost sinners.
Hear the words of the Master to His disciples as He prepared them for the things ahead. "Could you not watch one hour?" The spirit is willing but the flesh is weak. The Lord is searching for those who will intercede for our nation that He will revive His work and make Himself known. "I sought for a man among them, that should make up the hedge and stand in the gap before me for the land, that I should not destroy it, but I found none."
Prayer: O Lord God, You who are full of compassion and slow to anger, have mercy upon us and our people who have sinned against You. Forgive us as a nation of people who have strayed so far from the path of righteousness. We yield our hearts to You and ask that You would send a spirit of prayer among Your people everywhere. May each of us be moved by Your Spirit into a life of prayer. Send revival, Lord. In Jesus Name
Just like a deer that craves for water, my whole being craves for you, God. My whole being thirsts for God. Ps. 42:1 The Psalmist of old expressed what many are experiencing today, a greater hunger and thirst for God than ever before. Imagine a deer so thirsty that it literally craves for water. That’s what the writer was feeling and that’s what we should be feeling right now. A longing for God, His Presence and Power. Maybe you’re not feeling it. Does that mean that you’re not saved or God has forsaken you? Of course not! The Presence of God must be cultivated in our lives. Desire follows attention. Make a decision to read your Bible and pray every day. Ask the Lord to create a hunger and thirst for more of Him in your heart. Before every great move of God throughout history, there came a hunger and thirst into the hearts of God’s people. That craving produced a desire that refused to be denied. As the people prayed, crying out to God for the outpouring of His Spirit, Heaven responded with signs, wonders and miracles. As we begin this 50 day Challenge from Passover to Pentecost, let us pour out our hearts to God, praying for a fresh move of His Spirit and committing our lives to Him in such a way that the sparks of revival will ignite in us today.
Prayer: Father, I come before you with thanksgiving and praise. You alone can satisfy the longing I have in my heart. Thank you for giving me ears to hear the cry of your Spirit, the call to prayer. This day, I commit to seek your face. O Lord, teach me to pray. Fill my heart with your desires. Create in me a greater hunger to see your glory and power. May revival begin with me today. In Jesus Name.