SPIRIT OF PRAYER
S P I R I T U A L R E S T O R A T I O N D E V O T I O N A L: 1
JAN. 17, 2021
2 Chronicles 7
(I encourage us to read the entire 7 Chapter of 2 Chronicles)
We meet King Solomon in 2 Chronicles Chapter 7, after one of his historic accomplishments of building the Temple. Solomon dedicates the Temple, to the Lord and as soon as he finished praying, we see in the early verses that the spirit of the Lord filled the temple. We see that the Lord appears to Solomon later that night, and says in Verse 14, that the people should humble themselves to diligently seek the Lord in prayer and repent from their wicked ways. Then the Lord will bring forgiveness and healing into the land.
This scenario applies in our life as we set on this journey to pray and seek God’s face for the next 21 days. We are also called to humble ourselves and make room for the Holy Spirit to fill the temple of our hearts and souls during these days of prayer. May the Lord help us through the Holy Spirit to identify the things in our lives for which we need repentance and healing. As you make room in your life, for God to move, you will see that the Lord will increase the spirit of prayer in your life. When the church and His people join together in prayer God will bring healing to our nation. It is my faith that God will renew, rebuild & restore your life as you embark on this exciting journey of prayer.
Heavenly father, we pray that your Holy Spirit and your glory will fill our hearts as we set out these next 21 days in prayer. Help me to be open to hear from you and be sensitive to the Holy Spirit’s voice in my life. Lead me and guide me that I may be restored, revitalized and reformed through fasting and prayers. I praise you now for this work, by faith, being accomplished in me… in Jesus name, Amen.
RESTORED STRENGTH THAT COMES
FROM TRUSTING GOD
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JAN 18, 2021,
Isaiah 40:30-31, KJV
30 Even the youths shall faint and be weary, and the young men shall utterly fall:
31 But they that wait upon the LORD shall renew their strength; they shall mount up with wings as eagles; they shall run, and not be weary; and they shall walk, and not faint.
The word trust means “firm belief in the reliability or in the ability of someone or something”. As humans in everything we do, our confidence is drawn from the source of trust. Right from our childhood, we were confident that we will be fed every day because we trusted that our parents would do anything to provide for us, we trusted their love and ability. Very often in our spiritual life, this trust is a dilemma, we tend to trust people whom we see and at times feel confident in our own ability. However, trusting in our own ability will not take us much further, because we are limited and when something challenges us more than our ability we tend to feel fear, confusion, and disappointment.
The Bible clearly says that those who put their trust in the Lord will renew their strength and soar on wings like eagles. When we put our trust in the Lord we are not working in our ability but in the ability of God. The Bible also says “they run they will not grow weary, they will walk they will not faint”. The strength that comes from the Lord will keep us going and fills us with peace, vacating anxiety and gives confidence. It removes fear and makes us bold, it heals our failures and fills us with grace. It wipes away our past and gives us new hope and a great future.
In these days of prayer let’s take a moment to realize where our trust is. Make a decision to trust God’s ability in everything and renew your strength.
Father in heaven, I come before you today with a decision to trust you and you alone in everything. In my weakness, your grace is sufficient. Through you, I can do anything, help me set my eyes on Jesus in whom I am made righteous, perfect and a conqueror. Help me to run my race with the strength that comes from you in Jesus name, Amen.
RESTORED FIRST LOVE
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JAN 19, 2021,
Revelation 2:4-5, KJV
4 Nevertheless I have somewhat against thee, because thou hast left thy first love. 5 Remember therefore from whence thou art fallen, and repent, and do the first works; or else I will come unto thee quickly, and will remove thy candlestick out of his place, except thou repent.
As a new Christian, we would have experienced the “first love” with God, through this fervent hunger for God’s word. We would have spent hours praying and meditating upon His word. But as years went by, the busy life of this world might have kept us away from His word and we have lost our first love for God.
We can see in Revelation Chapter 2 that the Church of Ephesus had started with great enthusiasm and love for the truth, however, the battles of this world and spiritual negligence caused them to lose their enthusiasm for God. This is also true in our lives and today’s churches. Many of us who started our Christian walk with God and the launch of new churches happened with great enthusiasm and evangelistic vision. Somewhere down the line, we have lost our hunger and zeal for the Lord as we had in our early days. May these days of prayer re-kindle and renew your fire for God. We have to remember from where we have fallen and repent so that we will go into a renewal with God. (Revelation 2:5)
If we return diligently to read God’s word and ask him to renew your hunger for His truths, the Lord will definitely answer your prayers. As you keep reading His word you will find God speaking to you directly and your spiritual strength will be renewed. God also wants us to stir up one another and help them renew and find their “first love” for God. One of the key aspects of Church is to have fellowship with our fellow believers and to strengthen each other.
Lord, I pray that you will restore/renew my heart and help me to repent from where I have fallen. Restore my hunger for your word during these days of prayer in Jesus name, Amen.
I WILL PRAISE YOU AS
I LEARN YOUR RIGHTEOUS LAWS
S P I R I T U A L R E S T O R A T I O N D E V O T I O N A L: 4
JAN 20, 2021,
Psalm 119 Vs 1-8, NKJV
1 Blessed are the undefiled in the way, Who walk in the law of the LORD! 2 Blessed are those who keep His testimonies, Who seek Him with the whole heart! 3 They also do no iniquity; They walk in His ways. 4 You have commanded us To keep Your precepts diligently. 5 Oh, that my ways were directed To keep Your statutes! 6 Then I would not be ashamed, When I look into all Your commandments. 7 I will praise You with uprightness of heart, When I learn Your righteous judgments. 8 I will keep Your statutes; Oh, do not forsake me utterly
How does this Psalmist approach the Law of God in these verses? What does he think of the law; how important is God's Law to him? These are important questions, not only for the Psalmist, but also for us! It's interesting that he equates love and obedience to the law with walking faithfully with God.
Does that mean that all we have to do is obey the Law of God and we will be Christians? That would be true if we could obey the law. The problem is that no matter how much we desire to obey; no matter how hard we try, we are simply not able to keep His law perfectly.
Verse five addresses this problem by saying, Oh, that my ways were steadfast in obeying your decrees! Then I would not be put to shame. So what are we to do? Because Christ has perfectly obeyed the law for us and has died to pay for our sins, we must continually cry out to Him to help us to live uprightly and obedient before God. As we continue beyond Vs 1-8 of the 119th Psalm, we will discover the great peace and joy that comes to us when we are obedient to the Law of God.
Pray today that God will help you to obey His righteous decrees. It does not matter how we look to those around us; it only matters how we look to God!
REBUILDING YOUR FOUNDATION
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JAN 21, 2021,
11 O thou afflicted, tossed with tempest, and not comforted, behold, I will lay thy stones with fair colours, and lay thy foundations with sapphires.
12 And I will make thy windows of agates, and thy gates of carbuncles, and all thy borders of pleasant stones. 13 And all thy children shall be taught of the LORD; and great shall be the peace of thy children. 14 In righteousness shalt thou be established:
thou shalt be far from oppression; for thou shalt not fear: and from terror; for it shall not come near thee.
God promises in this verse from Isaiah 54:11 that he will rebuild the city that is lashed by storms with precious stones. Life brings us many storms and it can feel unsettling and without comfort at these times. When we make a commitment to follow Jesus we allow God to start a process in us where he can rebuild us from those storms. But this is not an easy process, like my neighbors toiling each day to lay foundations, we have to lay those foundations and allow God to begin those changes in us.
If we were to take an easy path and just make everything look good on the surface without the proper foundations then eventually our foundations would sink. We need to allow “the master builder” to break up our shaky foundations and to rebuild our lives. This may mean giving up things we once held as important, it may mean accepting where we have been going wrong (the sin in our lives) and asking forgiveness from God.
In 2 Corinthians 5:17 we read how we can be made new. God does not rebuild us with the same old stones he rebuilds us with precious stones, we are much improved, we are a new creation and we can shine like the precious stones that Jesus rebuilt us with.
Thank you, Father, that you can rebuild our lives and when storms have lashed us, you are our comforter. We pray that however hard the process of rebuilding our foundations is, that we are open to this so that we can be a new creation that can shine for you. In Jesus name, Amen.
BREAKING THE STAFF
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JAN 22, 2021,
Exodus 4:1-5, KJV
1 And Moses answered and said, But, behold, they will not believe me, nor hearken unto my voice: for they will say, The LORD hath not appeared unto thee. 2 And the LORD said unto him, What is that in thine hand? And he said, A rod. 3 And he said, Cast it on the ground. And he cast it on the ground, and it became a serpent; and Moses fled from before it. 4 And the LORD said unto Moses, Put forth thine hand, and take it by the tail. And he put forth his hand, and caught it, and it became a rod in his hand: 5 That they may believe that the LORD God of their fathers, the God of Abraham, the God of Isaac, and the God of Jacob, hath appeared unto thee.
At this point in his life, Moses had been a shepherd. His staff, that is, his work, was to shepherd sheep. With that staff he herded and guarded and protected the flock he watched. His role as shepherd would invite disdain from the Egyptians, and they would know him by his staff. You know, however, the story of how God transformed his staff to become the instrument of judgment upon the Egyptians and deliverance for his people. What about the “staff ” in your hand?
God often uses what is despised and counted as nothing among people to do great and mighty things. God took that which was despised and turned it into a God-given sign and weapon of deliverance for an entire nation. Think of what God can do with the lowly instruments of work or play that you use. While we marvel at technological advancements, they are nothing compared to what God can do with a cell phone, or a computer, or an accountant’s adding machine, or a hammer and saw. We should always know this, but sometimes we bemoan our lack of knowledge or strength or gifting for God’s work. Yet, He uses our staffs all the time. They just need to be submitted to the hand of God for Him to use however and whenever and wherever He places us. They just need to be “broken” to be useful to God.
God often surprises us with what He calls us to do with our staffs. Moses depended on his staff, but he had to surrender it to God for a new purpose. Perhaps God wants you to surrender, to break your staff, in this new year for a new purpose. Let God do that in and for you.
Dear Heavenly Father, thank you, Lord, for the staff in my hand, my work, my skills,
my strengths and gifts. But I freely give them to You to “break” and use however, whenever and wherever You want to accomplish your purposes in this world. May You be honored and glorified in and through me in this new year, however that looks.
RENNOVATION FOR RESTORATION
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JAN 23, 2021,
Joel 2:12-14, KJV
12 Therefore also now, saith the Lord, turn ye even to me with all your heart, and with fasting, and with weeping, and with mourning:13 And rend your heart, and not your garments, and turn unto the Lord your God: for he is gracious and merciful, slow to anger, and of great kindness, and repenteth him of the evil. 14 Who knoweth if he will return and repent, and leave a blessing behind him; even a meat offering and a drink offering unto the Lord your God?
The book of Joel opens by talking about destruction. He describes fires and droughts, natural disasters, food shortages, animals suffering, and death sweeping across the country. There is a lot of confusion and immorality going on. Joel describes a plague of locusts that came to the land. Locusts are like grasshoppers, but they can be gregarious, which means that they can form swarms and become a mighty force on the earth, destroying and devouring miles of land. Whatever is fruitful can be devoured.
Joel describes a time this loss cripples the nation. What was happening in the natural world—locusts eating everything that looked to be fruitful—was a reflection of the spiritual world. This is often the case. In the spiritual realm, the people’s dreams, their destiny, and their future were being squandered—not by insects, but by the demonic hordes of the day that were feeding on their sin and their disobedience, stealing away their future and their hope.
However, God showed the people there was a way out of all that destruction and hopelessness. All they had to do was turn back to Him: give their hearts to the Lord, repent, and return to Him. We live in a time where the locusts of darkness have devoured what was supposed to be fruitful, glorious, and wonderful in many lives. Many of our futures, purposes, and destinies have been eaten up. It is time we blow the trumpet, wake up, and get involved in seeking God! God promised that when we seek Him properly, in humility, He will heal our land (2 Chronicles 7:14). He is the God of restoration and can make everything new again by His presence.
Dear Heavenly Father, thank you for making your word available to me. I meditate on it day and night. Please guide me into a closer and more intimate relationship with you. Please guide me into Restoration and Renewal by your spirit, for your glory of your great name! In Jesus name, I pray, Amen.