Thursday, February 7, 2013

Do It Again, Lord

Jesus said His Father’s house (the temple in that day and the church in ours) should be a house of prayer for all nations (Mark 11:17). Prayer is our connection with our heavenly Father; it is the means by which we communicate and build a relationship with Him. In the time when Jesus walked this earth, the Pharisees went through the motions in their religious activities, but their hearts were far from God. They seemed to know about God and about the history of His faithful provision, but they didn’t look for God’s activity in their daily lives.

But read a prayer of Habakkuk, one of God’s Old Testament prophets:  

A prayer of Habakkuk the prophet. On Shigionoth.

Lord, I have heard of your fame; I stand in awe of your deeds, O Lord. Renew them in our day, in our time make them known; in wrath remember mercy. (vs. 1-2 NIV84)

Habakkuk knew of God’s “fame,” and of His acts on behalf of His people. He cried out to God, asking Him to act again. He begged God to dazzle the people with His awesome deed—to do a mighty work among them. God faithfully brought His people out from under the oppression of the Egyptians (Exodus 12). He parted the waters of the Jordan River and brought His people into the land of milk and honey (Joshua 3 & 4). God preformed mighty works long ago, and He still performs mighty works today.

The next time you face a trial, I challenge you to pray as Habakkuk did. I encourage you to locate an example in Scripture of when God moved in a mighty way on behalf of His people. Ask Him to do it again. Ask Him to do a work such as that in your life. He just may part the waters of dissension or strife and provide a clear path for you to find a “land of milk and honey” on the other side. Pray with eager anticipation and watch Him move on your behalf.

-An adapted excerpt from Eyewitness to Majesty: Peter: Abandoning Self for Christ.
Used with permission. Copyright © AMG Publishers, 2013. All Rights Reserved.

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