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Day #5 - Awesome Intercession

Friday, December 21st, 2012

Isaiah 64 (NIV)

Oh, that you would rend the heavens and come down,
that the mountains would tremble before you!
As when fire sets twigs ablaze
and causes water to boil,
come down to make your name known to your enemies
and cause the nations to quake before you!
For when you did awesome things that we did not expect,
you came down, and the mountains trembled before you.
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.
You come to the help of those who gladly do right,
who remember your ways.
But when we continued to sin against them,
you were angry.
How then can we be saved?
All of us have become like one who is unclean,
and all our righteous acts are like filthy rags;
we all shrivel up like a leaf,
and like the wind our sins sweep us away.
No one calls on your name
or strives to lay hold of you;
for you have hidden your face from us
and have given us over to[
b] our sins.

Yet you, Lord, are our Father.
We are the clay, you are the potter;
we are all the work of your hand.
Do not be angry beyond measure, Lord;
do not remember our sins forever.
Oh, look on us, we pray,
for we are all your people.
Your sacred cities have become a wasteland;
even Zion is a wasteland, Jerusalem a desolation.
Our holy and glorious temple, where our ancestors praised you,
has been burned with fire,
and all that we treasured lies in ruins.
After all this, Lord, will you hold yourself back?
Will you keep silent and punish us beyond measure?

Reflection

The cry in Isaiah 64 is a cry that acknowledges that when God comes, it is in unexpected and powerful ways, and things change - elementally, structurally within us (and around us).   As God’s people we join in this cry and acknowledge that when God came before, He brought about fundamental change in us and in our situation.  Our enemies fled before Him.  He did great and awesome things so much more than we expected.  And we can ask will you come now?  It is a cry that is willing to receive the unexpected and the transformation, to be formed by God as clay is formed by a potter.

Responding to the Transmission

Let’s respond by crying out for our churches and their ministries, and let’s ask of God to come down and change everything, that His enemies may quake and flee, and that His people may call upon His name (v. 7) and worship Him (v. 11).

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Thursday, December 20th, 2012

Day #3 - Real Transformation

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Day #2 - Awesome Intervention

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Day #1 - The True Hero

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