If you did not read the text, take a minute or two right now and read these powerful words!
God is Light and in Him there is no darkness at all, not one bit! John, admonishes us that if we claim to have fellowship with God, we cannot walk in darkness. That means we cannot be living a double life. If we desire to have authority with God in our prayer life we must be willing to come clean with God. This is the “NO FAKE ZONE!”
To seek God for national revival, awakening and transformation without seeking Him for personal holiness is like going into combat with no weapons. Yes, we are holy because He is holy. But, His holiness must manifest, be lived out, in our lives. His holiness will be revealed in our transactions with others. We too often believe our own press about our lives. Take time in the Light of the Holy Spirit to allow Father to “search you.” Psalm 139:23 reads, “Search me, O God, and know my heart; Try me and know my anxious thoughts.”
As we approach Heaven today in prayer, let’s be truthful with God about ourselves.
Father, grant us grace to be honest in Your presence with the condition of our own souls.
Father, search our hearts and reveal in the light of Your love anything that grieves Your Holy Spirit.
Pray for personal revival. Ask the Father for a greater experience of His holy fire to purge and cleanse us from all that would hinder prayer.
Pray for your family, friends, co-workers and church family to encounter God who is Light and respond to His work in their hearts.
Seek the Lord while He may be found, call upon Him while He is near. What does the author mean by, “while He may be found”?
Does this imply that there may be times when we will not be able to find Him? I, for one do not want to discover what this means the hard way. I want to take advantage of every opportunity that I have to seek out His presence in my life. Will there be a day when circumstances around me may prevent me from finding Him – circumstances like sin, deception, death, or even the end of the age? May I make the most of the opportunity I have been given on this very day to seek His presence. May I not follow the example of the 5 foolish virgins spoken of in Matthew 25, who ran out of oil for their lamps.
Today, I press into His presence to re-fill my lamp to overflowing of the oil of His glory. I rely on the promise found in James4:8. “Draw near to God, and He will draw near to you.”
Prayer: Thank you for your glorious presence Lord. I long to walk with You in the cool of the day as Adam did in close fellowship and love. Prepare me for the days ahead with the fullness of your presence. I long to abide in You. Please abide in me. May revival begin with me. Revive me this day, and may it spread to others as I share the oil that You have given to me. I love You, Lord!
P R A Y E R F O C U S • Lord, make me a person of Your presence and power.
• Let my family and friends “smell” the fragrance of Your holiness and grace in my life.
DAY 4 JOY – THE ESSENCE OF PERSONAL REVIVAL
Prayerfully read Psalm 63:1-8
What is David’s secret for living in personal revival? Let us study three responsive acts in this Psalm that gave David his spiritual joy and overflow.
Verse 6: “Think of the Lord.” At all times, may I consciously turn my attention toward the Lord. Psalm 46:10 commands us to “be still and know that I am God.” Quiet your hearts and your minds in His Presence many times throughout the day.
Verse 7: “Sing to the Lord.” God is my Help and my Salvation, may my life song sing to Him. Joyfully in the rain and in the sunshine, I will choose to sing words of gratitude for His unending love, for His gift of Salvation through Jesus Christ, for His personal concern for my life.
Verse 8: “Cling to the Lord.” I acknowledge my utter dependency upon Him. As Jesus says in John 15:5b, “apart from Me, you can do nothing.” Yes, He alone is my Stability, my Refuge and my Strength. God is my ever constant Companion in times of trouble and in seasons of peace.
Pray that we, as children of God, would quiet our hearts and live in the Truth that it is “in Him that we live and move and have our being” (Acts 17:28). As we allow ourselves to soak in His love, we can then in turn pour His love into the lives of others. Loving well is the goal of our Christian walk – loving Him, loving ourselves, and loving others well. Revival of the heart begins in the secret place of personal adoration and worship.
P R A Y E R F O C U S
• Lord, restore to me the joy of my salvation.
• Pray that His Spirit may fill your life so that your family and friends may be thirsty for Him.
• Pray that you may live in the joy of His presence.
Sometimes when God allows us to face alarming circumstances, our first response in the natural is fear! Today, as we read II Chronicles 20: 1-30, we see God’s divine strategy for victory demonstrated for us. As you ponder this powerful chapter note that Jehoshaphat moves from alarm to resolve. He calls for a season of prayer and fasting to actively seek the Lord in trouble. His prayer is quite strategic (vs. 5-12), and it releases a prophetic strategy: “Do not be afraid or discouraged because of this vast army. For the battle is not yours, but God’s.” II Chronicles 20:15b As the people are commanded to take up their positions and to face the enemy with song, praise, and worship, an amazing victory is won. Not only do they defeat the enemy, but they plunder the enemy’s camp. In versus 25-26, they carried off so much plunder that it was more than they could carry. As we resolve to praise, pray and prophetically proclaim His Word, our God is always “more than enough” to win every battle. Today, declare His victory over every circumstance in your life, in your health, in your finances, and in your family! Shout the shout of faith.
Would you like to enlarge your understanding of the Lord today? Do you need a fresh revelation of how great our God really is? Then together let’s read all of Isaiah 40. This chapter has changed my life!! Isaiah sees Him as all-powerful and sovereign. Isaiah is also captured by the beautiful picture that He is tender and gentle as a good Shepherd. Our God is sovereign over the affairs of men and nations (good to remember this when watching the daily news). He is the creator, designer, and architect of the whole universe! But the Lord appears somewhat perplexed by the complaint of His own cherished people in verse 27. “He doesn’t see me nor does He seem to care,” they complain. To these charges against Him, the Lord emphatically reminds them that He is “more than enough” to give strength to the weary, to increase the power of the weak, and to so empower those who “wait” on Him. His people will soar into their destiny as an eagle. Lord, today let me live in the revelation of how great You are, and teach me to wait upon You, so that I may be refreshed, replenished, and revived. Lord, pour out Your Spirit on me, my family, our church family, and this nation. I worship You, great God!