Devotional for Day 34 – 8 Sept 2013
Ian Cole, World Prayer Centre, Birmingham, England
Intention: To ask for God’s help in the breaking of unbelief in our hearts, in our churches and across the body of Christ worldwide and to increase our faith to see His Glory revealed across the nations.
Scripture: Jesus said to her (Martha) “did I not say to you that if you would believe you would see the Glory of God” (John 11:40 NIV).
Reflection: We thank God for all that He is doing around the world today. However from a Westernised Church view we have to confess that a root of unbelief has taken hold both inside and outside the Church that has led, and is increasingly leading, to the rejection of God and His Word. The fruit of this root is an increased godlessness and wickedness that is affecting individuals, families and communities in every area of society.
Throughout scripture we are told of the consequences of unbelief. Deuteronomy 2 tells us that the Israelites could not enter the Promised Land because they did not believe God. Jesus could do no miracles in His own town because of unbelief.
However as unbelief breaks God’s heart, so faith pleases and thrills His heart. As today as we pray, we pray with thanksgiving and with faith. Today Jesus comes to us and says, “do not be afraid, only believe”. If together we can believe, then we shall see the Glory of God, for that Glory will cover the earth as the waters cover the sea.
As we pray let us remember that we are saved by faith, justified by faith, we live by faith and we walk by faith.
Prayer: Father it is Your will that none should perish but that all should come to know You. As we pray to You in faith today, we do so in worship and thanksgiving and in the knowledge and belief that You hear our cry and that in Your wrath you will remember mercy. Today we declare that as we believe, we shall see the Glory of God in our nation and the nations in our time. Amen.
[Blogger’s Comment: I remember reading Beth Moore’s book “Believing God” several years ago when I was going through a very difficult time in my life. Her challenge was to be a ‘believing believer‘! This had a deep impact on me. The subtitle of her book is “Experiencing a Fresh Explosion of Faith”. Beth Moore, a well-known American Bible teacher, had been a believer in God all her life and even dedicated herself to teaching others to believe in Him. But in her 40s she was meditating on these verses:.
“You are my witnesses”, declares the Lord,
“and my servant whom I have chosen,
so that you may know and believe and understand that I am he.”
This stirred within her a very important question.
“Do you believe God or merely believe in him?”
Abraham and Moses believed God. This planted in them a seed of faith that grew into towering oaks of steadfast trust and belief. Hebrews Chapter 11 is full of other examples of such bold belief. Believing God is so important as we pray. Remember “Without faith it is impossible to please God” (Hebrews 11:6). Unbelief brings fear, failure and defeat. “If you do not stand firm in your faith, you will not stand at all” (Isaiah 7:9).
Take a concordance and search the Scriptures for the words, ‘believe’, ‘faith’ etc. If you don’t have one read the Gospel of John and see how many times the words are used. John himself declares, “But these are written that you believe that Jesus is the Christ, the Son of God, and that by believing you may have life in his name” John 20:31.
Meditate on Ian’s devotion through the day and ask God for a fresh impartation of faith that your seed, no matter what size, may grow stronger. MR]
Pray in faith 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.