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Day Five: “Rend the Heavens”

Friday, October 31st, 2014

Isaiah 64.1-4 (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.”

Expectation is the state of looking forward to or anticipating something that is to come. We can probably all remember the excitement, anticipation and expectation of when we were children, waiting for Christmas morning to arrive. When we are expectant, we often think about how things might be or imagine how we would like things to turn out.  Sometimes we might even look to the past, to how things were in a similar situation.

But when God works, it is like nothing that we have ever seen before.  As we pray, God answers and exceeds even our greatest expectations. So, like kids who can’t wait to rip open their gifts on Christmas, we can’t wait for God to rip open the heavens and come down.

“Prayer orients us to God’s design… Out of the silence of heaven, actions are prepared. The prayers are not simply stored on the altar, they are mixed with the fire of God’s spirit and returned to the earth [cf. Rev 8.3ff]. Prayer is as much outer as inner. It is the most practical thing anyone can do. It is not mystical escape, it is historical engagement. Prayer participates in God’s action. God gathers our cries and our praises, our petitions and intercessions, and uses them. The prayers that ascended to God now descend to earth. God uses our prayers in his work, ‘Prayer,’ wrote Pascal, ‘is God’s way of providing man with the dignity of causality.’” (Eugene Peterson)

We need revival when we see signs of death around us. God invites us to pray for revival, and as we pray, He uses our prayers in His work.  He acts on behalf of those who wait for Him, who cry out to Him.  So, today, let’s pray, “Rend the heavens, Lord, and come down!”  Let’s cry out for revival, and wait in eager expectation for all that God will do.

Day Four: “Spirit-Led Prayer”

Thursday, October 30th, 2014

Day Three: “May Your Kingdom Come Soon”

Wednesday, October 29th, 2014

Day Two: “I Will Not Stop Praying”

Tuesday, October 28th, 2014

Day One: “You Are Our Father”

Monday, October 27th, 2014