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Twenty-One Days of Prayer, Day 12, Our Revival, Psalm 2 (Turning our World Upside Down)

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Twenty-one Days of Prayer, Day 12, Our Revival, Psalm 2:7-9. God, please turn our world upside down! “I will declare the decree: the LORD hath said unto me, Thou art my Son; this day have I begotten thee. Ask of me, and I shall give thee the heathen for thine inheritance, and the uttermost parts of the earth for thy possession. Thou shalt break them with a rod of iron; thou shalt dash them in pieces like a potter’s vessel.” Psalm 2 can be outlined as follows: Part 1, Man’s Rebellion (1-3); Part 2, God’s Response (4-6); Part 3, God’s Control (7-9); Part 4, Man’s Responsibility (10-12). Taking this into consideration, then our prayer for revival is essentially a plea for God to be in control of us in the same way that He controls all. Verse 7 is both an important and unique Old Testament passage because of two reasons. First, it is important because it recalls the basis for the Davidic Covenant as given in 2 Samuel 7 and is quoted in the New Testament at the birth of Christ. Second, it is important because it is the only Old Testament reference to the Father/Son relationship of the Trinity. This concept is a major part of the New Testament. Not only is this seen in the Gospel, but most epistles greet the readers with a greeting that includes both the Father and Son. So revival that we are seeking comes first from elevating Jesus Christ to the main thing in our lives. Verse 8 is an exciting verse because it reveals the prayer of the Son for the nations of the earth. The Son is instructed to “ask of Me” or “claim the promises from Me” by the Father. What promises are in view? Look at the verse, “I will give your inheritance of the nations of the earth and your possession of the ends of the earth”. God the Father is telling God the Son to claim the world. Today, Jesus is making intercession and is praying for His inheritance and possession of the world. It make sense that our prayer for our missions revival is to “claim the world” because we always pray “in the name of Jesus”. We pray what Jesus would pray and we know from this passage what Jesus is praying. Two things are in view in verse 9. First a breaking in mentioned. Our prayer is for God to break those who are rebellious with the convicting power of the Holy Spirit, using God’s Word. But the phrase can also refer to shepherding His people. Our prayer should be for the power necessary to break the hard hearts of those we seek to reach. We also need to pray that we will follow His leadership in sharing the Gospel with others. We need to pray for God to revive us and to convict those who need Him before we intersect with them. God, please, give me my part of the world as I share you. I pray for You to convict and guide with your great power. Use me by breaking me first so I depend totally upon You and I completely surrender to You.

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