Tuesday, July 15, 2008

Weekly Prayer Thought

O LORD, I have heard Your speech and was afraid;
O LORD, revive Your work in the midst of the years!
In the midst of the years make it known;
In wrath remember mercy.
Habakkuk 3.2

This passage is filled with important stuff for us to know and remember.

  • Listen to the voice of God.
  • Be filled with respect and fear toward God.
  • Pay attention to the work of God.
  • Do not take God's word and work for granted.

These are all great points, but as we continue our year of prayer, let's focus on a line right in the middle of this verse: "Revive your work in the midst of the years!" This is a heartfelt prayer to a God who desires to do a work.

Our American founding fathers, as well as many others then and now, were deists. That is, they had a belief in God, but to them God was unattainable. He was far away and relatively disinterested in the work of humans. Basically, desists believe that people are on their own. If you want something done, you need to do it yourself.

This is why prayer is seen as a course of last resort. If we cannot solve the problem ourselves, we will then turn to God for assistance. But our God is not at all like that. He is here. He is interested. He cares and loves each of us very much. When you and I neglect our relationship with the Lord, we turn away from what he wants to do in our lives. That is why today, and everyday, we should pray for God to revive his work!

PRAYER: Refresh us, Lord. Refresh our spirits that we may follow you with new vigor. Renew us, Father. Renew our minds that we may learn and know you more. Revive us, Holy Spirit. Revive us that we may ever live in your presence. Amen.

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