After 777: Now What?
We, the people called by God’s name, have humbled ourselves, sought His face, prayed for 6 days, then on the 7th day, we have fasted and prayed for 7 hours as we have repented of our own sin, interceded for our nation and pleaded with God for a fresh outpouring of His Spirit on His church. Now what?
Now I will stand at my watch and station myself on the ramparts; I will look to see what He will say to me… Habakkuk 2:1. This is the hard part. The part that requires enormous discipline and self-control. We wait for the Spirit’s leading. We wait for Him to fall fresh on us. It’s critically important for us not to jump ahead, or make assumptions, or put words in His mouth, or manufacture a programmed response, or manipulate emotions and call them revival. Or in any way touch His glory.
Like the disciples in Acts 1 who were waiting for Pentecost and the historic outpouring of the Holy Spirit, we need to continue in the Word, in prayer and praise, fasting as we feel led. I am confident that God in Heaven has heard our prayers. They were, in the words of Eugene Peterson, like reversed thunder in the courts of Heaven. God’s Word to me to share with you is Daniel 9:20-23…While I was speaking and praying, confessing my sin and the sin of my people… and making my request to the Lord my God…while I was still in prayer, Gabriel…came to me in swift flight… He instructed me and said to me, “Daniel, I have now come to give you insight and understanding. As soon as you began to pray, an answer was given, which I have come to tell you, for you are highly esteemed.”
And you, dearly beloved child of God…in the midst of your own problems, pressures, persecution and pain…you are highly esteemed in Heaven because you have heard and answered the urgent call to prayer…
- For God the Father to restrain, protect, and deliver His people from the evil that has come into our world.
- For God the Son to be exalted, magnified, and glorified in His church, in our nation, and in our lives.
- For God the Holy Spirit to fall on us in a fresh way, compelling the church to repent of sin and our nation to return to faith in the living God, resulting in a great national spiritual awakening.
God has heard your prayers. God is even now answering, and He will continue to answer as we wait on Him. For the glory of His Name alone.
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