In Isaiah 59 and Isaiah 62 we see striking images
of the Lord, His people, and His manifest movement. But these images are not
only striking independently; they are striking in their contrast. One, an image
of desolation and darkness; the other, a hope-filled vision of God’s redemption.
In Isaiah 59, God searches for “one to intercede,” but there was no one, a fact that made the Lord “wonder” (v. 16). God was literally dumbstruck that no human being stood ready to intercede among the people or between Him and the people.
In Isaiah 62, God’s faithfulness endures, and His promises are remembered. Yet again, the call for intercession remains. Verse 6 and 7 say “On your walls, O Jerusalem, I have set watchmen; all the day and all the night they shall never be silent. You who put the Lord in remembrance, take no rest, and give him no rest until he establishes Jerusalem and makes it a praise in the earth.” Even as the Lord’s Presence was assured, the prophet calls for faithful intercessors to beg the Lord without ceasing to come and move among the people, to restore them and bring life back into the land.
On August 13, 1727, the Spirit poured out on a group of refugee Christians during a Communion service on the Herrnhut Estate in Germany. On this day, a 24/7 prayer movement began that continued for at least 120 years uninterrupted. And it began with a group of disgruntled, disunified, and frustrated Christians whose lives had been at risk for a century or more. This outpouring of the Spirit united the people in prayer and gave rise to what most believe to be the modern missions movement, as hundreds of missionaries arose due to the night and day prayers of Herrnhut.
Might God be willing to pour out His Spirit again? We the church, specifically at First Hewitt, must step up and be the intercessors of our day. We must become a people of radical prayer. All that we do must flow from and be covered by active and faithful prayer. What would it look like if we, each person doing their part, covered every day with fasting and every hour with prayer? What would it look like if we began to really ask God to manifest Himself in our midst and through us to our neighbors and the nations? Will you join us in asking?
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When God looks, let Him find us. Let Him have no rest while we are at His ear, and let us not prioritize anything over time with the One whose Presence our very breath depends on. Together, may we fill up the next 120 years of God’s time, praying for revival in our day, praying for His justice to be known and seen, praying for His salvation to lay claim to all the nations of the world.