Wednesday, April 28, 2010

April 28, Thursday Devotion

April 28, Thursday Devotion
Isaiah 62:1-12

Because I love Zion, I will not keep still. Because my heart yearns for Jerusalem, I cannot remain silent. I will not stop praying for her until her righteousness shines like the dawn, and her salvation blazes like a burning torch. 2 The nations will see your righteousness. World leaders will be blinded by your glory. And you will be given a new name by the Lord’s own mouth. 3 The Lord will hold you in his hand for all to see—a splendid crown in the hand of God. 4 Never again will you be called “The Forsaken City” or “The Desolate Land.” Your new name will be “The City of God’s Delight” and “The Bride of God,” for the Lord delights in you and will claim you as his bride. 5 Your children will commit themselves to you, O Jerusalem, just as a young man commits himself to his bride. Then God will rejoice over you as a bridegroom rejoices over his bride. 6 O Jerusalem, I have posted watchmen on your walls; they will pray day and night, continually. Take no rest, all you who pray to the Lord. 7 Give the Lord no rest until he completes his work, until he makes Jerusalem the pride of the earth. 8 The Lord has sworn to Jerusalem by his own strength: “I will never again hand you over to your enemies. Never again will foreign warriors come and take away your grain and new wine. 9 You raised the grain, and you will eat it, praising the Lord. Within the courtyards of the Temple, you yourselves will drink the wine you have pressed.”10 Go out through the gates! Prepare the highway for my people to return! Smooth out the road; pull out the boulders; raise a flag for all the nations to see. 11 The Lord has sent this message to every land: “Tell the people of Israel, ‘Look, your Savior is coming. See, he brings his reward with him as he comes.’” 12 They will be called “The Holy People” and “The People Redeemed by the Lord.” And Jerusalem will be known as “The Desirable Place” and “The City No Longer Forsaken.”

Quick Notes/Questions
We are encouraged to pray until God completes his work.  Most who tell you this mean it in a selfish kind of way: "Pray until everything works out for you", "pray for sick people to get better", etc.  We think that the work that God is completing has to do with our own feelings and emotions of dealing with life.  Though God's work does involve that, it is more about reconciling the world to Him, the Creator.  Does this involve our lives?  Absolutely.  But not that we become happy so much as God becoming All in all.  That literally all will come to worship the risen Lamb who was slaughtered as Lord.
Quick Prayer
God, I'm sorry that I pray selfishly.  It is easier to pray for me than to pray for things that I do not completely understand.  Amen.

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