It was heart breaking and uplifting at the same time. I’d definitely recommend you see it! If it’s not showing in your area, you could suggest your church host a screening, I think I might.
Near the beginning of the movie these words flashed across the screen…
How well does that describe us??! I mean 31 days of prayer for revival? Day after day seeking Him out, eager to know His ways… perfect!
I was really getting pumped about this movie and how it was going to line up with what we’re doing… not to mention I had been praying off and on all day for God to search my heart and know me, see if there was any offensive way in me and lead me in the way everlasting… couldn’t wait to see what He was going to show me!
Then, another verse showed up on the screen, after several minutes of footage and discussion. I think it was this one…
Loose the chains of injustice, set the oppressed free, break every yoke…
There were sad, beautiful and amazing stories of God’s provision through believers and the needs MANY others face day by day around the world in the slums of Kenya, bond slavery and sex trafficking in India, dry lands of Ethiopia, etc.
And more words…
IF… THEN…. Immediately followed by the next verse…
Now if that doesn’t sound like revival, I don’t know what does!
Which leads me to today’s prayer for revival…
I’d like to encourage us all to fast and pray for the poor, hungry, thirsty and oppressed. (Remember the if/then statements above)
Here’s what Isaiah 58 says on acceptable fasting…
Is it not to share your food with the hungry
and to provide the poor wanderer with shelter—
when you see the naked, to clothe them,
and not to turn away from your own flesh and blood?
Then your light will break forth like the dawn,
and your healing will quickly appear;
then your righteousness will go before you,
and the glory of the LORD will be your rear guard.
Then you will call, and the LORD will answer;
you will cry for help, and he will say: Here am I. – Isaiah 58:7-9
May this be a glorious day of prayer for revival as we answer the call to fast!
May we spend ourselves – our time, talents, treasures, prayers, appetite – in behalf of the hungry and oppressed… then our light (His Light shining through us) will rise in the darkness.
May it be, May it be!!
May you be glorified in our day of fasting and praying.
May you send revival to your people and your name be praised!
How 58: works
The Fast must be chosen. It is intentional. Throughout Scripture and across history a fast simply means not eating food – either in a spirit of grief or in a sacred moment. Isaiah 58 broadens the concept of the Fast. To live 58: is to choose your Fast. This is a call to join with others in practicing an ancient spiritual discipline with a spirit of grief over the suffering of the poor and in a spirit of sacredness for the unique opportunities God has given this generation to bring an end to that suffering.
1) Pray. Align your heart with God’s over the suffering of the poor and seek His vision for the unique possibilities of our time.
2) Choose your fast. Commit to go hungry. You might simply forgo a meal, commit to a regular fast, or choose to give up something other than food. There are countless ideas and options.
3) Invite friends to join you or join an existing group to fast together. Grow your church, your fellowship group or other group of friends by fasting together. Sharing this experience with others will be valuable on many levels.
4) Offer whatever you have fasted for the benefit of the poor. If you saved $10 by not eating a meal, give it to help end extreme poverty. If you fasted from television, give that time to advance the cause or learn more.
(quoted from http://www.live58.org/about/how-58-works/)
I’m going to fast from eating out today (which includes my daily Coke from McDonald’s). What will you fast from?