Devotional for Day 8 – September 8, 2013
Jim Hester, International House of Prayer, Kansas City MO
To encourage persistent, hope-filled prayer until the justice of the Lord is seen on the earth.
“Will not God bring about justice for His elect who cry to Him day and night, and will He delay long over them? I tell you that He will bring about justice for them quickly.” (Luke 18:7-8 NASB)
Injustice throughout the world has reached monumental proportion. From drug cartels, terrorist organizations, rebel factions and natural disasters, injustice seems to be to common place throughout the earth. If we are not careful, the overwhelming reality of negative circumstances can discourage us from believing that the Lord will hear our prayers and will act with justice.
In Luke 18:7-8, Jesus promises us that when we pray continually and fervently, the Lord will not just hear our prayers but will answer with “quick justice”. Jesus began chapter 18 with a strong exhortation that we should always pray and not lose heart. Discouragement comes too easily to us when it appears the Lord is not quickly responding with answers to our prayers. 2 Corinthians 1:20 declares that the promises of God through Jesus will be established. We cannot lose heart even as the Lord delays His answers to our petitions. He is faithful, even in the midst of our impatience.
As we cry out for the great release of the Lord’s justice and the redemption of the lost, it is important not to let the circumstances of this unjust world cause our hearts to lose hope. Our God is a God of justice. No one desires justice on the earth more than the Lord. He promises to release His justice as we continue to pray with hope and endurance. Join with us as we continue to pray and not lose heart until we see the justice of the Lord released upon the earth.
Pray this Prayer:
God of justice, we pray with faith and fervency. Release Your justice on the earth. Exalt the name of Jesus and reveal Your Son to the lost and the destitute. May we continue to cry out day and night until Your justice is seen on the earth. 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.