Prayer & Fast – Day 12

JANUARY 14TH, 2022      |      According to Isaiah 43:7, we are created for His glory. We are witnesses chosen to know and believe Him. What does it mean to be created for His glory? The Hebrew word for glory is “kabod” meaning weight, heaviness (figuratively) honor, abundance, riches, and reputation. In ancient biblical history, all value was estimated on the basis of weight. We were created to be God’s abundance in a world of scarcity and to live out the estimation of His value with our lives.

As we’ve already seen (Day 2), this word “know” in Isaiah 43:10 implies a knowing that is intimate, at the heart level, not just the head. This invitation to an intimate relationship with the Lord is very personal and beautiful. However, these passages in Isaiah and Matthew give us a broad sense of what our ultimate purpose is – to know God but not just know Him, but to also make Him known. The final words of Jesus to His disciples in Matthew are to “go”. Go and tell a broken, hurting world that Jesus is the Way, the Truth, and the Life and that no one comes to the Father except through Him. (John 14:6)

Go and tell a broken, hurting world that Jesus alone can mend their broken places and heal their hurts. He alone can satisfy their longings and give them the desires of their hearts. Go and tell them that true freedom, meaning, and purpose are found only in knowing and following Jesus. And don’t just tell, but teach them how to live that out.

Prayer & Fast – Day 12

Isaiah 43:7-13; Matthew 28:16-20

Isaiah 43:7-13; Matthew 28:16-20

According to Isaiah 43:7, we are created for His glory. We are witnesses chosen to know and believe Him. What does it mean to be created for His glory? The Hebrew word for glory is “kabod” meaning weight, heaviness (figuratively) honor, abundance, riches, and reputation. In ancient biblical history, all value was estimated on the basis of weight. We were created to be God’s abundance in a world of scarcity and to live out the estimation of His value with our lives.

As we’ve already seen (Day 2), this word “know” in Isaiah 43:10 implies a knowing that is intimate, at the heart level, not just the head. This invitation to an intimate relationship with the Lord is very personal and beautiful. However, these passages in Isaiah and Matthew give us a broad sense of what our ultimate purpose is – to know God but not just know Him, but to also make Him known. The final words of Jesus to His disciples in Matthew are to “go”. Go and tell a broken, hurting world that Jesus is the Way, the Truth, and the Life and that no one comes to the Father except through Him. (John 14:6)

Go and tell a broken, hurting world that Jesus alone can mend their broken places and heal their hurts. He alone can satisfy their longings and give them the desires of their hearts. Go and tell them that true freedom, meaning, and purpose are found only in knowing and following Jesus. And don’t just tell, but teach them how to live that out.

Responding to the Word

In what ways is the Holy Spirit speaking to You from God’s Word? 

How can you apply this to your life? Take some time and reflect on what the Holy Spirit spoke to you.

Prayer

Holy Spirit, help me today to know God more intimately and to make Him known to the people around me. Today, I pray for . . .

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