Devotional for Day 22 – September 22, 2013
Adapted from a devotion by Lynne Bartholomew, Southampton Vineyard Church, United Kingdom
In the beginning God made the heavens, the earth and people. He made everything beautiful. He was and is delighted with what He has made.
“A voice crying in the wilderness prepare the way of the Lord, make straight in the desert a highway for our God. Every valley shall be lifted up, and every mountain and hill be made low, the uneven ground shall become level and the rough places a plain. Then the glory of the Lord shall be revealed.” (Isaiah 40:3-5 NRSV)
When God created the world His intention was clear. It was to be filled with people who would be responsible on this earth, walk in fellowship with Him, and live for His glory. Humbly and willingly serving our Maker in this way, all would live in peace with Him and each other.
How far we have strayed. We have sinned against His commands, wronged one another, poorly stewarded His creation, polluted our rivers, and put our selfish will above His perfect will. Yet all this pales into insignificance at what has happened to our souls and minds. The fallen world has misled the hearts of His people, blinding us to His will, leading us to live according to greed, corruption and selfishness. Instead of beauty we see injustice, poverty, slavery, and lawlessness. The grace and joy of the abundance life in Christ is replaced with the grime of our sin.
Yet He loves us with an unending, caring devotion. The LORD has not given up on this world or its people and neither should we. What He began in creation, He will bring to completion. He longs to forgive, renew our hearts and minds and bring us into His will.
Pray this Prayer:
Mighty and wonderful God, we have fallen so far and failed so pitifully. Forgive us we pray about the part we have played in allowing our culture to sink so low. Forgive us for the unborn lives lost through abortion, the poor, widows, and fatherless neglected in our cities. Forgive us for the poverty, starvation, death and decay we see all around us. May we become instrumental in bringing renewal to the world. We ask this, oh Lord not because we are good, but because You are faithful. Amen.
Continue in prayer using the 4 prayer points as the Lord leads you.
1. Pray for a worldwide outpouring of the Holy Spirit for revival and transformation of the nations of the world.
2. Pray for the lost to find Jesus Christ as their Lord and Savior.
3. Pray for a multiplication of prayer, praise and worship to God across the world as never before, to bring great glory to God.
4. Pray for the ReFRESH conferences, Sherwood and our part in seeking revival in our country and the nations.