Devotional for Day 8 – 13 August 2013
Jim Hester, International House of Prayer, Kansas City MO
Intention: To encourage persistent, hope-filled prayer until the justice of the Lord is seen on the earth.
Scripture: “Will not God bring about justice for His elect who cry to Him day and night, and will He delay long over them? I tell you that He will bring about justice for them quickly” (Luke 18:7-8 NASB).
Reflection: Injustice throughout the world has reached monumental proportion. From drug cartels, terrorist organizations, rebel factions and natural disasters, injustice seems to be to common place throughout the earth. If we are not careful, the overwhelming reality of negative circumstances can discourage us from believing that the Lord will hear our prayers and will act with justice.
In Luke 18:7-8, Jesus promises us that when we pray continually and fervently, the Lord will not just hear our prayers but will answer with “quick justice”. Jesus began chapter 18 with a strong exhortation that we should always pray and not lose heart. Discouragement comes easily to all of us when it appears the Lord is not responding with answers to our prayers. 2 Corinthians 1:20 declares that the promises of God through Jesus will be established. We cannot lose heart even as the Lord delays His answers to our petitions.
As we cry out for the great release of the Lord’s justice and the redemption of one billion souls, it is important not to let the circumstances of this unjust world cause our hearts to lose hope. Our God is a God of justice. No one desires justice on the earth more than the Lord. He promises to release His justice as we continue to pray with hope and endurance. Join with us as we continue to pray and not lose heart until we see the justice of the Lord released upon the earth.
Prayer: God of justice, we pray with faith and fervency. Release your justice on the earth. Exalt the name of Jesus and release the revelation of Your Son to the lost and the destitute. We will continue to cry out day and night until Your justice is seen on the earth. Amen!
Continue in prayer 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.
[Blogger’s Comments: The International House of Prayer kansas City (IHOP KC) believe in and practise 24/7 prayer and praise. That’s what they are known for around the world with 85,000 hits on their website each week. As I was visiting their Prayer Room yesterday, I noticed this caption, ‘we seek to combine 24/7 prayers for justice with 24/7 works of justice‘. I had never before linked prayer and justice together. And now here today Jim Hester, the Executive Director of the Praying Church Initiative at IHOP KC, does that very clearly for us. Jim has worked as a missionary in Mexico for 20 years and Uganda for 10 years so he has seen injustice firsthand. He now has a passion to see true biblical justice released to as many as he can influence.
Lastly, this morning as I have prepared this post, I have had 3 indications that God is up to something big and is laying on the hearts of many the topic of end time revival and transformation. One was an up-to-date message from Mike Bickle delivered on 6 Aug, the second day of IHOPKC’s Daniel Fast, in which he talks about a prophecy given 38 years ago that talks about 1 billion coming to Christ. You can listen or read the notes. MR]