By Sonya Ward, Connect Group Pastor
“Because I love Zion, because my heart yearns for Jerusalem, I cannot remain silent. I will not stop praying for her until her righteousness shines like the dawn, and her salvation blazes like a burning torch." - Isaiah 62:1
We are now into the third and final week of our fast and our focus has gotten bigger. We have prayed for personal breakthroughs and breakthrough within our church family, but now it is time to seek God on behalf of our nation. Our nation, wow! That sounds like an overwhelming task. How do we, in little old Fredericksburg, affect the nation for Jesus? It starts small…very small. It starts in the hearts of individuals like you and me.
We need to ignite a fire within ourselves that burns so brightly that those around us can see it and feel it. Affecting the nation for Jesus begins with personal revival. We need a renewed interest and passion for the things of God. You cannot miss the passion contained within Isaiah’s statement when he says, “Because I love Zion, because my heart yearns for Jerusalem, I cannot remain silent. I will not stop praying for her until her righteousness shines like the dawn, and her salvation blazes like a burning torch.” Isaiah says he cannot remain silent and will not stop praying. There was an all-consuming passion burning inside of him and we need that passion burning within us if we want to affect the nation.
So where does that passion come from? It comes from obeying what Jesus says is the most important commandment, “And you must love the Lord your God with all your heart, all your soul, all your mind, and all your strength.” (Mark 12:30) When we decide to pursue God and intentionally make Him our treasure, then we can love Him with all our heart, “For where your treasure is, there your heart will be also.” (Matthew 6:21) And when you love Him with all your heart; your soul, mind and strength will follow. You will want to make Godly choices, honor Him with your words and live in obedience to His word. You give your will over to His, that’s loving God with all your soul. You will begin to fill your mind with His word and let it renew and transform you. His word directs your thoughts, that’s loving God with all your mind. You begin to express His love in all that you do with your resources, abilities and time. “And whatever you do or say, do it as a representative of the Lord Jesus…”(Colossians 3:17), that’s loving Him with all your strength.
If we want to see the Lord’s salvation blaze “like a burning torch” in our nation, then we must start by igniting a fire within ourselves.
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