Devotional for Day 24 – 29 August 2013
Intention: Our sensitive repentance is an imperative in our passionate pursuit of intimacy with God. He draws us gently and encompasses us completely.
Scripture: Blessed are the pure in heart, for they will see God (Matthew 5:8 NIV).
At that time Jesus said, “I praise you, Father, Lord of heaven and earth, because you have hidden these things from the wise and learned, and revealed them to little children. Yes, Father, for this is what you were pleased to do.
All things have been committed to me by my Father. No one knows the Son except the Father, and no one knows the Father except the Son and those to whom the Son chooses to reveal him.
Come to me, all you who are weary and burdened, and I will give you rest.
Take my yoke upon you and learn from me, for I am gentle and humble in heart, and you will find rest for your souls. For my yoke is easy and my burden is light.”
(Matt 11:25-30 NIV)
Reflection: In the aspects in which we are pure-hearted, we glimpse God’s perspective.
The more pure-hearted we become, the more we see God. It is our Father’s will that we know Him as His sons and it is our privilege, through grace, to repent from everything that separates us from Him. When we rest deeply in the wholeness, the gentle lowly light and ease of who God is, we become like Him. All obstacles, all that separates us from Him,
all that is not love, in us, dissolves. Then, others can see their Father and be drawn to His loving kindness.
Prayer: You are my Beloved. All I am I offer you. Consume me, that only purity remain as my gift to you, Jesus, that this beloved world might see you and know you as Lord and Saviour. Convict us with repentance, worldwide, so the nations may be transformed into abundant life that brings glory to you.
[Blogger’s Comment: The verse highlighted today, in the image and the devotion, comes from the Beatitudes, which are 8 seemingly contradictory statements about how to be blessed (happy). They were made by Jesus as he began teaching his disciples in what is called the Sermon on the Mount (Matt Ch 5-7). The Beatitudes describe what we should be like as Christ’s followers in His kingdom. Each one builds on an Old Testament concept but expands it to its fulfillment in the new kingdom as preached by Jesus when
he declared, “Repent, for the kingdom of heaven is near” (Matt 4:17).
Purity of heart (the 5th Beatitude) is found in Psalm 24:3,4 and Psalm 51:10. In the new kingdom, being pure in heart enables us to ‘see’ God, that is to have a personal intimate relationship with God, our Father, because of all that Jesus, His Son, has done for us. Living this way we are truly happy. This happiness is not about laughter, pleasure or material prosperity but about deep joy and hope independent of outward circumstances.
In fact, living this way, Jesus’ way, is contrary to the world’s way and even the religious leaders’ outwardly pious ways (as seen in the Pharisees of Jesus’ day).
Sue, in her reflection, reminds us that the pure in heart not only see God, but see His perspective. We catch the heart of God, the will of God and the purposes of God. This causes us to grieve deeply for everything in us, and around us, that is not aligned with His heart, will and purposes. This is the repentance awakening that my husband and I feel we are experiencing in our lives as we have journeyed through these past 24 days. This is the repentance awakening we long to see in the Church worldwide today.
In fact, it was because the cities that experienced the most of Jesus’ miracles did not repent (Matt 11:20-24), that He taught His follower’s the truths in the second Bible reading today (Matt 11:25-30). I have never associated ‘rest for your soul’ with ‘repentance’ before! Today, I encourage you to seek your Father God as ‘a little child’ for understanding from the Spirit of what it means to follow Jesus, live in His kingdom and reflect His love to the world in need each day. MR]
With this heart pray, fast and repent for things on God’s heart 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.