Jesus Christ always. Because of His birth, death, and resurrection, we can go to our heavenly Father in prayer, and He will send His Spirit to revive His people. May we be light in this dark world, and direct others to the only True Light, Christ our Savior and Lord.
During this Christmas season, I turn our thoughts of praying for revival, praying for the Holy Spirit to pour out power that will renew our hearts, to the Lord Jesus Christ through Whom believers are redeemed. Let scripture speak:
“He is despised and rejected of men; a man of sorrows, and acquainted with grief” KJV
“For to us a child has been born, to us a son has been given;
and the rule will be on his shoulder;
and his name will be called Wonderful Counselor,
Mighty God, Everlasting Father,
Prince of Peace.” ULB-EN
He knows our sorrow, our grief, yet is our Wonderful Counselor & Prince of Peace. May we find comfort in Christ, and peace that our heavenly Father does all things well.
As I travel for the next 24 hours or so, I want to share a quote from The Resurrection in Your life: How the Living Christ Changes Your World, by Mike McKinley. @Michael McKinley/The Good Book Company. 2015, p. 70
“Wherever your day takes you, take the gospel there!”
May the Holy Spirit help me do just that, as part of the great commission. And, my sisters, may we this day call on our Father:
Psalm 120:1 “In my distress I called out to Yahweh (the Lord), and he answered me.” ULB-EN
Psalm 50:15 “Call on me in the day of trouble; I will rescue you, and you will glorify me.” ULB-EN
How sweet these two Psalm are, even if we are not in distress or trouble, but also especially then; that He promises to answer us and rescue us…that we may glorify Him.
As we again and again petition our God, we know that He not only does not grow weary, but loves to have us come to Him. Oh, that we would together urge Him to send His Holy Spirit to the hearts of His people to revive us to be lights in this dark world, to herald forth the Good News that Jesus Christ came to seek and to save sinners.
Remembering the King Who left His throne for this lowly world, to die for my sin, now returned there to reign forever.
“And the Lord shewed me four carpenters.” Zechariah 1:20 KJV
I found the following a great encouragement to our time of prayer today. As we ask God to send forth His Spirit to renew and revive souls, let us remember that He has answered in the past and will in the future. Especially note the areas I have marked in bold.
“In the vision described in this chapter, the prophet saw four terrible horns. They were pushing this way and that way, dashing down the strongest and the mightiest; and the prophet asked, “What are these?” The answer was, “These are the horns which have scattered Israel.” He saw before him a representation of those powers which had oppressed the church of God. There were four horns; for the church is attacked from all quarters. Well might the prophet have felt dismayed; but on a sudden there appeared before him four carpenters. He asked, “What shall these do?” These are the men whom God hath found to break those horns in pieces. God will always find men for his work, and he will find them at the right time. The prophet did not see the carpenters first, when there was nothing to do, but first the “horns,” and then the “carpenters.” Moreover, the Lord finds enough men. He did not find three carpenters, but four; there were four horns, and there must be four workmen. God finds the right men; not four men with pens to write; not four architects to draw plans; but four carpenters to do rough work. Rest assured, you who tremble for the ark of God, that when the “horns” grow troublesome, the “carpenters” will be found. You need not fret concerning the weakness of the church of God at any moment; there may be growing up in obscurity the valiant reformer who will shake the nations: Chrysostoms may come forth from our Ragged Schools, and Augustines from the thickest darkness of London’s poverty. The Lord knows where to find his servants. He hath in ambush a multitude of mighty men, and at his word they shall start up to the battle; “for the battle is the Lord’s,” and he shall get to himself the victory. Let us abide faithful to Christ, and he, in the right time, will raise up for us a defence, whether it be in the day of our personal need, or in the season of peril to his Church.”
Let us wait upon the Lord, but in all things,
“Pray without ceasing.” 1 Thessalonians 5:17 ULB-EN