Devotional for Day 23 – 28 August 2013
Fred and Sue Rowe, MDs, Transform World, Celebration Challenge Facilitators
Intention: Seeing through the smoke.
Scripture: Now the appointed sign between the men of Israel and the men in ambush was that they would make a great cloud of smoke rise from the city (Judges 20:38 NASV).
Reflection: In the Bible smoke is a symbol of a blinding power in times of change for good or evil (for example, when the Lord descended on Mount Sinai to give Moses the 10 commandments in Exodus 19:17-20:26).
As challenges continue to pummel the news of the nations with record rains, floods, tornadoes and more, it is like fires filling the atmosphere with smoke. A supernatural smoke-screen confrontation is being released with a fervent cry of the desperate behind it saying, “Lord give me eyes to see and ears to hear what the Spirit is saying to the Church.”
Today we are in a critical time of cleansing and shift. Yes, fire and smoke is all over the news! But can we see beyond it into God’s heavenly purposes? Though our circumstances may not seem like they are changing, God is making a way in the spiritual realm. Manifestation will come if we keep our eyes fixed on Him. It is an hour to move beyond the smoke-screens of news, disappointments, discouragement, rejections in our lives, and cling to the promises in the Word of God.
We are in an hour when the spirit of Elijah is rising up to restore all things (Matthew 17:11). In the midst of the destruction, can we see that God is at work in our circumstances today? Will the spirit of Elijah rise up within us to see that which has been taken, stolen, lost or destroyed even over centuries, now be restored? Can we see through the smoke-screens around us into the heavenly realms to call forth and not let go of heaven’s purposes until we see them come to pass?
Prayer: Thank you God that you are calling us, as your people, to see your redemptive purposes and will through the smoke-screens of life and to cling to your promises until we see them fulfilled.
Forgive us for the times when we have allowed the smoke-screen to throw us off track. You are raising up a NEW army with RENEWED strength, focus, fervor and vigor for the hour we are in. In the midst of the smoke of our lives, help us to press in to you. Thank you that the light of your Word and your promises are waiting for us. Amen.
[Blogger’s comment: If you join us in the teleconference in an hour you will be able to hear the Rowes for yourself. Last month they were in the Solomon Islands at the launch of the first House of Prayer for Melanesia. The Prime Minister of that nation was involved in this in front of some 3,000 people. The man behind the SI-HOP, Roy Funu, Solomon Island missionary to Australia and the nations, will be on the teleconference too. Soon the Rowes will be travelling to Turkey and then Israel on a prayer journey to encourage Houses of Prayer in the Middle East. I encourage you to check out the websites they give us above. Now I must get this off so I can be on the teleconference too! MR]
Continue in prayer with fasting and repentance as the Lord leads you today.
- Pray for a worldwide outpouring of the Holy Spirit for revival and transformation of the nations of the world.
- Pray for a billion people to find Jesus Christ as their Lord and Saviour.
- Pray for an end to abortion and for God to turn back the tide of death and immorality that is sweeping the nations of the world.
- Pray for a multiplication of prayer, praise and worship to God across the world as never before, to bring great glory to God.