Thy Kingdom Come // Blog // Day 7
Kingdom Come: Make Us Ready, Lord
Thank you for journeying with us as we have prayed for revival in our land. We have been exploring what that means. I hope it’s helped us pray for God’s transformation of our world. I know we’ve quoted this already, but it’s an enduringly glorious picture of God’s will:
“The Spirit of the Sovereign Lord is on me,
because the Lord has anointed me
to proclaim good news to the poor.
He has sent me to bind up the broken-hearted,
to proclaim freedom for the captives
and release from darkness for the prisoners,
to proclaim the year of the Lord’s favour
and the day of vengeance of our God,
to comfort all who mourn,
and provide for those who grieve in Zion –
to bestow on them a crown of beauty
instead of ashes,
the oil of joy
instead of mourning,
and a garment of praise
instead of a spirit of despair.
They will be called oaks of righteousness,
a planting of the Lord
for the display of his splendour.
They will rebuild the ancient ruins
and restore the places long devastated;
they will renew the ruined cities
that have been devastated for generations.” (Isaiah 61.1-4, NIV)
If God answers our prayers next week, are we ready?
When we read the first few chapters of Acts we have amazing glimpses of the budding church responding to many new believers – and of course they were still figuring it all out themselves: no-one had been a Christian for much more than three years! They had practical, spiritual, personal, political challenges; they wrestled with right and wrong and questioned what was of God and what was not; they had to address criticism from those who didn’t understand.
But beyond it all, they knew without a shadow of doubt that God was the source of any transformation. When Peter prayed for the lame man at the gate of the temple, who then went walking about, leaping and thanking God, Peter said to the growing crowd, ‘Why do you stare at us as if by our own power or godliness we had made this man walk?’
We are praying that God would bring many into his beautiful kingdom. When that happens, it will be a blessing if we remember that it won’t have been by our own righteousness or striving, but by the grace of God. (See Deuteronomy 8.) This is a safeguard, because God wants us to be thankful, not proud or overwhelmed. It’s a job impossible for us to undertake without God’s power, so we pray for God to protect our hearts as we learn from him and take up his yoke.
‘And what does the Lord require of you? To act justly and to love mercy and to walk humbly with your God.’ (Micah 6.8, NIV)
Let’s pray for the church in our area; for all the churches; for all Christians around here; for us to be ready and willing, and to stick close to Jesus. We are not perfect; we need God’s grace in season and out of season.
// Victoria Byrne