Isaiah 61: 10 – 11
10 I delight greatly in the Lord; my soul rejoices in my God.
For he has clothed me with garments of salvation and arrayed me in a robe of his righteousness, as a bridegroom adorns his head like a priest, and as a bride adorns herself with her jewels. 11 For as the soil makes the sprout come up and a garden causes seeds to grow, so the Sovereign Lord will make righteousness and praise spring up before all nations.
Our corporate prayer nights are such a powerful time with the Lord. He speaks to us and through us. At one of our prayer events we were praying for our loved ones’ salvation and restoration and I was struggling to trust the Lord to do what he said he would. I pushed through my doubt and prayed in agreement with others. I was reminded of the faithfulness of God and that He is the promise keeper. Then the Lord reminded me of the above verses.
I was confused how this was to encourage me but then Pastor Manny spoke about the confusion that has surrounded our loved ones. How the scales needed to be removed from their eyes and plugs removed from their ears and when those were removed then the Spirit of God calls us all to truth and His truth cannot be denied. Then I understood that as we waged spiritual warfare, we had the authority to speak against the confusion that has them bound and declare God’s word over them and that the spirits of confusion and oppression must go! When they did God’s truth would come pouring in!
When His truth comes just “as the soil makes the sprout come up and a garden causes seeds to grow, so the Sovereign Lord will make righteousness and praise spring up before all nations.” This is a promise to us that our loved ones will “delight greatly in the Lord” as they are restored to right relationship with Him.
During our fast, one of our focuses has been our morning prayer calls. It was during one of our prayer calls we prayed about the gift of joy and how we are to claim that. Pastor Laura reminded us that Christ was able to endure the torture and death of the crucifixion because he focused on the joy set before him. I am reminded that this is a choice we have, to choose joy. Regardless of our circumstances, no matter if we are hungry, or our lost loved ones look beyond His reach, we are to choose joy. Trust in the joy set before us which is his promise of salvation for them.
As we press into the fast and into the Lord, no matter if you stumble a little. Get back up and press back into it. Keep praying and seeking and fasting. Don’t give up because of the joy set before YOU! What is the promise that the Lord has gifted you with? Claim, decree and declare that word over yourself and family. Then choose joy! Rejoice because the tougher the circumstance the greater the victory and glory for our Lord!
Isaiah 61: 10 – 11