Devotional for Day 31 – 5 Sept 2013
Pastor Daniel Ko, Suwon Hana Baptist Church, South Korea
Intention: God can choose to send a great revival quickly when His people obediently pray and proclaim His truth.
Scripture: Jonah obeyed the word of the LORD and went to Nineveh. Now Nineveh was a very important city–a visit required three days. On the first day, Jonah started into the city. He proclaimed: “Forty more days and Nineveh will be overturned.” The Ninevites believed God. They declared a fast, and all of them, from the greatest to the least, put on sackcloth. (Jonah 3:3-5 NIV).
Reflection: When God planned a revival for the Gentile city of Nineveh, the first thing He did was look for a person He could work through. Jonah was that one so God shared His plan with him.
However, Jonah was not happy with this plan. Perhaps he protested, “Lord, destroying Nineveh is more reasonable than saving Nineveh. If Nineveh prospers, then the Israelites will perish.” So, Jonah arose to flee from the presence of the Lord by ship to Tarshish. God had a passion for Nineveh and chased Jonah in order to fulfil His plan.
Jonah found himself in the belly of a great fish and submitted to the plan of God. After that something amazing happened. Jonah went into the city and on the first day began to proclaim the destruction that God would bring in 40 days (verse 3). Surprisingly, the people of Nineveh repented and turned their hearts toward God. Even the king of Nineveh heard about this amazing event, and he publicly proclaimed a fast throughout the country. Great transformation started in Nineveh.
Yes, revival belongs to God. But the question is, who is going to submit to God’s will and pray? Compare the time of God’s preparation for Jonah to pray for the revival to the time when revival really did happen. Revival was not difficult for God, but it was the matter of finding that one person fully submitted to God’s will and ready to pray and proclaim.
Today, God is able to save people and bring revival, even in just one day. However, who is going to pray and submit to His will? That is the question.
Prayer: Lord God, we pray for revival in the great cities of our day. You’re looking for your ‘Jonahs’ to use them to bring revival today, as you did in Nineveh. Please forgive us for any times we have wished that judgment and destruction would come upon sinful people and wicked cities. We believe you are a merciful God who desires that none should perish. We believe that you have the power to bring revival even quickly as in Nineveh. So we ask you to do that in our day around the world. In your great mercy we ask you to do that today. Amen.
[Blogger’s Comment: Today we enter into the last 10 days for the Billion Souls Revival Prayer Call. This is our opportunity to give ourselves totally to prayer, fasting and repentance for these remaining 10 days.
Prayer with fasting and repentance have long been associated with revival movements in Christianity. Jonathan Edwards fasted for 22 hours prior to preaching his famous sermon that helped spark the Great Awakening. During the Second Great Awakening Christians fasted during their lunch break so they could meet in churches to pray. During the worldwide awakening in 1906, Christians earnestly sought the Lord for spiritual blessings. Billy Graham fasted and prayed on his voyage to England to conduct his crusades there in the early 1950s. The response to his meetings was described as one of the greatest revivals of our time.
Are we ready to make this sacrifice today? Right now the world is in desperate need of God’s intervention. 9 Reasons Why We Need to Pray and Fast Today.
In 1996 Bill Bright wrote ” I strongly believe that America and much of the world will experience a great spiritual awakening. This divine visit of the Holy Spirit of heaven will kindle the greatest spiritual harvest in the history of the Church. But before God comes in revival power the Holy Spirit will call millions of Christians to repent, fast and pray in the Spirit of 2 Chronicles 7:14. I have been impressed to pray that God would call at least 2 million Christians to fast and pray for 40 days for the coming revival.”
Will you be one of those by taking up the challenge of being a willing Jonah today? MR]
Commit yourself afresh today for 10 days of prayer, fasting and repentance using the 4 prayer points as the Lord leads you.
- 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.