The One Year Devo

October 1, 2020

Isaiah 62:6-65:25; Philippians 2:19-3:3; Psalm 73:1-28; Proverbs 24:13-14

God calls for Isaiah and God's people to "call on the Lord" without rest. They are to continually call upon God for salvation and justice which they are not currently experiencing. This call for persistent prayer came 2,700 years ago and yet we are still waiting for the fulfillment of these prayers and therefore have the opportunity to join the chorus of prayers.

Since these first prayers were brought, Christ has come, salvation has been made available through him and yet we still wait for the fullness of his kingdom. Therefore, we must heed God's words in Isaiah 62:6 to give ourselves no rest but to keep praying and calling out to him, that his will would be done on earth as it is in heaven.

One of the things which keeps us from this type of prayer is described in Psalm 73.  It speaks of the pursuit of worldly wealth and envy of others. Since we can only serve one master, if we give our lives to the pursuit of things on earth then we don't have space to value salvation, justice and our ultimate hope in Christ. The more we remember that God is our strength, that he is our "portion forever" and that he is the only one who is always with us then we should be motivated to pursue and call out to him.

The surpassing greatness of God should compel us to call out to him with a neverending intensity. Knowing that he alone is God, he alone satisfies and he alone can bring healing to our broken lives and the world. Let us be people who pray without ceasing and long for the coming of Christ.

Question of the day: How can you push back against the distractions of this world to make more time for prayer?

Father God, thank you that I can always come to you in prayer and will never be turned away. Help me to pray without ceasing and to recognize you are my ultimate hope and the hope for the world. May your kingdom come on earth as it is in heaven, may your will be done on earth as it is in heaven and may I join with you in your work in the world. Amen.

Derek Newbery

Posted by Sarah Naples at 23:00