Day 2

Awaken Us: 40 Days to Fast & Pray – Day 2

Throughout the Old Testament we see references to sack cloth and ashes.  In our day and culture that seems at best a strange ancient ritual.  It is much deeper and richer than that.  It was a confession of utter humiliation.  It was a statement of total dependence on something or someone outside of one’s ability.   It was a stance before the Lord, in effect saying, “I have nothing to offer in my own strength .  Lord, deal mercifully with me.”  We cannot cause revival to happen.  Only God can bring true revival.

Perhaps as individuals and as a body of believers we should look into the sack cloth and ashes thing. What would a twenty first century wearing of sack cloth and ashes look like?  I think it would be very much like what God asks for in 2 Chronicles 7:14.  Humility is the starting point, and for most of us, the most difficult.  We shouldn’t have a problem with praying.

Seeking God’s face?  I think that thought is worth meditating on.  And, oh yes, the other thing is to turn from our wicked ways.  If we are unwilling to turn away from sin, we can’t expect revival.  But if we do these things, He says he will forgive our sins and heal our land.  And that is what revival will look like—a healed and forgiven land.

Marvin Sanders
American Family Radio

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One Response to Day 2

  1. Debbie says:

    I did a short, incomplete word study on the word “humble” and was delighted to see the many times in Scripture that God promises to hear us, deliver us, and stop being angry at us when we humble ourselves. My prayer is that I may be humble and “…seek, crave, require of necessity [God’s] face…” now and always. (2 Chronicles 7:14b AMP)

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