How to Renew Hope

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For twenty years, our family lived as foreigners overseas. Our view of systems and infrastructures was all from an outsider’s point of view. No matter the religion or lack thereof, all nationalities have something within them that bears witness to Someone greater. The countries who have forbidden Truth may be the hungriest for Him.

For Christians, disappointment in society and government become our impetus to increased prayer.

How has your prayer life increased for our nation? Of the 10,080 minutes you have each week, how many focus on revival prayers? Nineteenth-Century pastor Charles Finney encouraged that, “A revival is nothing else than a new beginning of obedience to God.

I am encouraged by the increased prayer desperation of God’s people. I hear of less time with online shopping and gaming, resulting in more dialog with the Divine. God promises to heal our land when we pray and pursue His Presence (2 Chronicles 7:14). He has accomplished His part, now let’s do our part in picking up the resources of Grace and Truth available for release (Matthew 18:18).

Renewal always begins with prayer. “It is in the closet, with the door shut, that the sound of abundance of rain will first be heard” (Andrew Murray). Let’s boldly go together to the storeroom of heaven for the resources we need.

“Holy Father,

“You amaze us. Although You are the Creator of all things, You still do nothing unless You first reveal Your secret counsel to Your servants (Amos 3:7). Your ways boggle our minds.

“As we ponder on Your essence, we see the dry contrast of our country and our world. It is Your desire for everyone to take the Water of Life You have provided, drinking deeply and freely (Revelations 22:17). Thank You for loving every single individual with such lavish extravagance (John 3:16-17).

“When we come to the throne room, we find that You and the Son are already busily discussing our world (Romans 8:34). We are surprised to see Life and Godliness already packaged for easy delivery onto the earth (1 Peter 1:3). You are merely awaiting us, the intercessors, to collect and distribute what You’ve already prepared (Psalm 2:8).

“So, now, I join my prayers with the groanings of other saints on behalf of our country. Although our prayers seem small, yet joined together and added to Your prayers, they become the “much incense” of Your promised action (Revelation 8:3-4). They billow and smoke before You like a sweet fragrance, which is pleasing to Your nostrils. Thank You that even though I often feel inadequate, You have made me a righteous person and are teaching me to pray effectively (2 Corinthians 3:5; 5:21; James 5:16).

“Heal our land, O Lord. Raise intercessors that will desire You with their whole hearts and seek You earnestly and fervently (2 Chronicles 15:15). Stir within us the ability to persevere in prayer, faithing the reward promised for our work (2 Chronicles 15:7). Send us revival, Father. And may it begin in me. In Jesus’ Name, Amen.”