“New Days” Meditations 29: Revelation leads to Prayer
Isa 42:10 “Sing to the Lord a NEW song, his praise from the ends of the earth, you who go down to the sea”
There is one further aspect of this to be considered. We’ve talked about making preparations, trying to get ready to be available for whatever new thing He might do, but having done that, what else? Well, we then considered yesterday about these things being sovereign acts of God and we can be those who lose out if we hold back and resist the work of God – just like the Pharisees did in the time of Jesus’ ministry. But what else is there to consider?
One thing I observe among the Psalms and in the Prophets, is that once the general will of God is discerned, the writers start speaking and acting as if it is done. If God declares His sovereign will, that is not conditional upon us, then once He has spoken it, it is as good as done. Yes, it has yet to happen in time-space history but when God decrees it, it WILL happen. It IS as good as done, and our part if we are like the psalmists or prophets whose hearts were knitted to God’s, is to start thinking as if it HAS happened.
But there is a second, apparently at first sight anyway, strange thing that takes place – they start praying urgently for it to happen. It is as if the Holy Spirit urges them in prayer to pray for what they now know is God’s will. Now whether this is to prepare them for it by changing them, or whether it is somehow something the Lord uses to bring about what He is then going to do, is unclear. However the fact remains – they now pray for the will of God to come about, this will that has been revealed to them.
So where does that leave us? All through this series we have been reminding ourselves that this word about God coming to do something new, has been appearing around the globe in the past few years. Hopefully, as we have considered this, the Holy Spirit has been able to establish that belief within us, this is the will of God. If that is so, it is time to pray. So here’s an exercise: stop and think and write down say five things you would like to see changed WHEN God comes in power. Now pray and thank and praise AS IF they have already happened. As you do the Spirit will witness with your Spirit to the truth and faith and power will flow. Go for it. Praise is a faith response. Maybe, though, as you pray, you will find the Holy Spirit will start drawing you closer to Him and you will start sensing more fully His heart – which maybe much bigger than your five things – though they will be a good starting place, so don’t be put off by feelings of inadequacy. I find prayer often starts with me feeling inadequate, then He turns up!