Thank you for your patience and willingness to share in our burden to pray for revival and for our prodigals. God has been answering our prayers, for which we are thankful. We like to see things happen immediately but this is not always God’s way. As we begin a new year of prayer let’s endeavor to stay single-heartedly devoted to our Savior and God.
The music group, Jars of Clay, released a song in 2009 called Two Hands. It speaks to the divided affections of a person who recognizes the need to do what is right while struggling with the propensity to do wrong. The chorus goes like this:
I use one hand to pull you closer,
The other to push you away.
If I had two hands doing the same thing
Lifted high, lifted high.
James writes about this in his letter to the first-century Christians when he says, “If you need wisdom, ask our generous God, and he will give it to you. He will not rebuke you for asking. But when you ask him, be sure that your faith is in God alone. Do not waver, for a person with divided loyalty is as unsettled as a wave of the sea that is blown and tossed by the wind. Such people should not expect to receive anything from the Lord. Their loyalty is divided between God and the world, and they are unstable in everything they do” (Jam. 1:5-8 NLT).
As we start into this year, let’s search our hearts and like the song says, ensure that both hands are raised in worship to our God, that both hands are working together for the glory of God, and that we are undivided in our loyalty to our Lord Jesus Christ. This requires a full commitment to a growing and deepening love relationship with Him. Let’s do it!
Thanks for praying.
Love in Christ,
Bryan and Rachel