Turn us again to yourself, O Lord God of Heaven’s Armies.
Make your face shine down upon us.
Only then will we be saved.
Psalm 80:19, NLT*
I’m praying this for the Body of Christ in Canada and around the world. We’re in as bad a situation as Old Testament Israel as the psalmist describes them in Psalms 79-80, although the worst of our devastation is spiritual, not physical. Our enemies are unseen forces, not physical armies.
The result is the same, and, like theirs, it’s caused by our own rebellion, delusion and turning away. Some among us have chosen to “redefine” God according to our own thoughts. Some have been deceived. Some are standing firm, grieving for what we see.
Corporately, we’re a mess. Only God can rescue and restore us. Only God would want to.
Holy and righteous God, You rescued us once through the Cross, and called us out to be Your people. Individuals are shining for You but as a Body we’re infirm and ineffective. We’re not displaying Your glory—who You are—to the needy world around us. We are crumbling under attack instead of demonstrating Your power. For the sake of Your Name and because of Your mercy, turn us back to Yourself. Renew, restore and re-commission us in Your service.
*New Living Translation (NLT)Holy Bible. New Living Translation copyright © 1996, 2004, 2007 by Tyndale House Foundation. Used by permission of Tyndale House Publishers Inc., Carol Stream, Illinois 60188. All rights reserved.