The PATH, May 10-16, 2021
Theme: This week we will once again concentrate on things that we should be praying as we lead up to revival. Over the past few weeks we have looked at the prayer of Moses in Psalm 90 and we saw how it formed a good foundation for revival praying. It teaches us to pray that we would find our satisfaction in Jesus (v. 14). It also teaches us to pray that we would be a rejoicing people (v. 14). Then we are told to pray for God’s work and that we would get a glimpse of His glory (v. 16), and finally we are instructed to pray that God would establish the works of our hands (v. 17) This means that we should be praying that revival would not be a work of man but a work of God. We need to continue to pray for these things as we lead up to revival but this week I want us to look at some other things that we as followers of Christ should be praying.
Monday – Psalm 125
Psalm 125 is one of the songs of ascent. These songs were sung by the people of God as they journeyed to Jerusalem. Some scholars even think they were sung as the people climbed the steps into the temple. They were psalms designed to help the worshipper get their eyes on God and of course as we have talked about in the past when we truly get a glimpse of God and who He is, when we see His glory and His grace we will experience revival. So the psalms of Ascent can be viewed as revival songs. In Psalm 125 the psalmist makes a great declaration that the “Lord surrounds His people.” What he is telling them is this look to God because God in His goodness and grace surrounds you with His love. This is a good prayer for us to pray today, God help us to see how you surround us and how you love us. God help us to be constantly aware of your grace. The reason for this is because God is good all the time and all the time God is good! We need to get a glimpse of that goodness as we head towards revival because again when we see the love of God and we see His glory it will change us and transform us. Take time today to thank God for His continual love and for the fact that His grace surrounds you.
Tuesday – Psalm 51
David seemed to be a living contradiction. On the one hand he was known as a man after God’s own heart and on the other hand he was a murderer and an adulterer. In Psalm 51 courageously confronts his sin by confessing it to God and crying out not only for forgiveness, but for cleansing. David didn’t just want to be forgiven, he wanted to be changed. He wanted God to remove his sinful desires so that he could be more of what God called him to be. He wanted God to help him realize that God’s salvation was his source of joy and he wanted God to strengthen him to follow Him because of that.
In many ways we are like David. The theologians of old said that we are “simul justus et peccator,” which is latin for saying we are both saints and sinners at the same time. We are made saints through the blood of Jesus and through us putting our faith in Him, yet at the same time we still have a sinful nature and struggle with sin. Because of that our prayer needs to be the prayer of David: “Create in me a clean heart, renew a right Spirit within me, cast me not away from your presence and take not your Holy Spirit from me. Restore to me the joy of your salvation and uphold me with a willing Spirit.” In other words “God, please forgive us but also change us. Help us to desire your presence and cling to your Holy Spirit. Give us the joy of salvation and help us to see just how wonderful the salvation is so that we might follow you.”
Wednesday – Proverbs 28
Solomon makes a great declaration in Proverbs 28:1, “the righteous are bold as a lion.” Certainly when we read this what jumps out to us is us people who follow God standing strong in their faith and that is part of what is meant here, but it goes beyond that. The boldness that Solomon is talking about here is a boldness for life. A person who trusts God can be bold in life knowing that they can face whatever comes their way because God is with them. It also indirectly shows us that a person who follows God can have a boldness in the decisions that they make because they are operating not out of their own wisdom but out of the wisdom of God. We can also be bold as we live because we have the promise of heaven before us. So yes we should be bold and courageous in our faith, but we should also live life courageously, tackle problems with God’s boldness and know that He is with us every step of the way. A great prayer to pray as we head towards revival (and beyond) is God give me your courage. After all God has not given us a spirit of fear but of love, power and a sound mind.
Thursday – 1 Peter 3:8-9
Being “bold” in our faith does not mean being insensitive or rude, instead we are called to walk in truth and in love. Peter talks about this in 1 Peter when he says we are to be in unity with one another, we are to display sympathy to one another and we are to have brotherly love for each other. He also calls us to be tender hearted and humble. In other words he calls us to care about people to not be selfish or rude, but to put others’ needs even above our own. Peter is calling us through the power of the Holy Spirit to live like Jesus. Jesus was strong and Jesus was bold but Jesus was also compassionate and full of love. Remember when he saw the crowds He was moved with compassion. We need to pray and ask God to soften us, we need to ask Him to help us see other people’s needs and to help us truly care about them and love them for His glory.
Friday – Jeremiah 18
The Christian life should be a life of constant change. We should be growing daily and becoming more and more like Jesus. As John the Baptist said, “more of Him and less of me.” We see that in Jeremiah 18 as Jeremiah goes to a potters house and sees a potter working and reworking a piece of pottery. He takes it and removes anything flawed in it and then he reworks it into what it was supposed to be. He took the piece of clay and turned it into a piece of art. The goal for every Christ follower is to be like Jesus, but for us to get there God may have to work us and rework us just like the potter does with the clay. This transformation is not immediate but it is a process. It takes a lot of time and a lot of grace. Because of that our prayer needs to pray, “Lord I want to be like clay in your hands. Mold me, make me, and shape me into what I’m supposed to be.”