Sanctifying the Day — Asking and Asking Again
A Call to Worship —
1 “How lovely is your dwelling place,
O Lord of hosts!
2 Our souls long, yes, they faint
for Your courts O Lord;
our hearts and flesh sing for joy
to You, the living God.
“So this morning,
draw our hearts to Yours.
Connect our minds to Your will.
Bend our spirits to say yes
to everything you desire of us,
and make us a people
who bring delight to You
and everyone You bring into our lives.
For the glory of Your name. Amen.”
cf. adapted from Psalm 84:1-2
A Mid-Day Prayer for Revival
“Restore us, O God;
let your face shine, that we may be saved!” (vs. 3)
Restore us, O God of hosts;
let your face shine, that we may be saved! (vs. 7)
Restore us, O Lord God of hosts!
let your face shine, that we may be saved! (vs. 19)
“Three times the psalmist asks the same thing, but each time with a growing intensity. And he keeps reminding Himself of who he is talking to by expanding on Your Name, reminding himself of how powerful you are.
Lord, We have been praying the same prayers over and over. We keep asking You to restore us, to revive us and we keep waiting for You to answer. Maybe that is what is happening now. Are You delaying the answer until we are truly desperate for deliverance? If that is so, make us more desperate still, that our revival and Your glory would be revealed and the world will know that Your power to save.”
cf. adapted from Psalm 80:2, 7, 19
This song by Michael W. Smith is one of the truly great modern choruses. Fantastic lyrics and soaring music coupled with an implied passion that is miraculous——-if real. Unfortunately, and I say with with deep sadness, it is possible to get swept up in the passion and music and moment and miss being truly in tune with its lyrics. Most of the versions of it on Youtube, in my opinion, are over-produced and work too hard to produce what only God’s Spirit can produce.
So before you listen, if you listen, ask God to do something miraculous in your spirit. Ask him to tune the strings of your heart to His Spirit. And don’t be afraid to spend more time than normal this afternoon in seeking His face.
A Benediction to Sanctify the Night
“May the Mighty One Who has done great things,
and Whose mercy goes on from generation to generation,
be our strength and shield.
May all the perils and fears that confounded us today
be laid at His feet this evening.
May His counsel guide us to His side;
and may our sleep be sweet this night,
that tomorrow we can serve Him with renewed passion.”
cf. Luke 1:49-50
adapted from Benedictions: A Pocket Resource, 068
by Robert Vasholz