Revelation 19:1-2 King James Version (KJV)
19 And after these things I heard a great voice of much people in heaven, saying, Alleluia; Salvation, and glory, and honour, and power, unto the Lord our God:
2 For true and righteous are his judgments: for he hath judged the great whore, which did corrupt the earth with her fornication, and hath avenged the blood of his servants at her hand.
King James Version (KJV)
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The past seven days have been a focus of prayer, repentance, and growth under Anne Graham Lotz’s “777: An Urgent Call to Prayer” campaign. Visit Anne at her website here: http://www.annegrahamlotz.com.
Awaiting the delivery of one of her recent titles, Wounded by God’s People, I discovered the 777 (so named for the seventh day of the seventh month including seven hours of fasting) campaign and eagerly signed on. The results of my experience follow.
Discovering the Valley of Vision Puritan prayer book is a delight. Another Amazon purchase is anticipated so I may be able to delve into the entirety of the prose Anne spooned out in tempting bites.
The final day of the campaign climaxed as she offered seven hourly prayers and scriptures for meditation. The suggested focus reminded me of the ACTS approach to prayer: adoration, confession, thanksgiving, and supplication. Worship, repentance, and thanksgiving were concluded with intercession for protection and deliverance from evil, exaltation of Jesus, and an outpouring of the Holy Spirit upon our world.
I greatly needed the portion on repentance. Anne listed fourteen possible areas of sin, each followed with a sentence prayer and the conclusion, “I repent.” I find it very easy to look at other’s sins and be deeply astonished. My sins, however, are so well hidden to my conscious mind and are elusive to my unconscious. No surprise here that my tendency is to see myself in a much better light than I should.
Each one of us has “buttons” or areas of unique weakness that disable our best efforts at following Jesus. My most favorable marks came in the areas of ingratitude, neglecting Bible study, envy, slander, unconcern for the lost, and lying; these are not problem areas for me. I love truth, the Word of God, telling others about Jesus, and praising God for who He is and what He’s done. However, I failed in hypocrisy and pride, robbing God, and fear categories. How could I not admit that assessment of my own abilities, attitudes, and service fall short of God’s expectations of me? And, don’t forget the critical spirit category. Anne offered this explanation: “Finding fault with someone because he or she doesn’t measure up to my standards.” I had to repent…
From the Valley of Vision, Anne shared this:
Before thy cross I kneel and see the heinousness of my sin,
My iniquity that caused thee to be ‘made a curse,’
The evil that excites the severity of divine wrath.
Show me the enormity of my guilt by
the crown of thorns,
the pierced hands and feet,
the bruised body,
the dying cries.
Thy blood is the blood of incarnate God,
Its worth infinite, its value beyond all thought.
Infinite must be the evil and guilt that demands such a price.
I am so sorry. Amen.
I have been afflicted with an unbearable situation for several years, only able to bear it because I have gotten in the yoke with Christ and trudged along in His strength. I would love to say I have experienced deliverance, forgiveness, and release, but I have not. This problem persists and is embedded into my life without any foreseeable relief. Naturally, during 777 I cried out to the Lord to change things, realizing I must change in the process as well. My heart longs for release, but He spoke…
I have taught my students to cautiously interpret dreams, attributing these unconscious messages to late night pizza versus spiritual truths. I also know He is exceedingly abundantly able to do beyond all that we ask or think, so I try not to put a very big God into the small box of my thinking. I had a dream…
My situation will not change because of my dream. A touch from the Sovereign One reinforces the reality of His presence, His outstretched Hands, and His ongoing love for me. As I’ve told my students, perhaps He allowed this to occur because I needed it so badly. The sense of His nearness came not only because of a dream but due to the confession of the sin that separates from His Holy fellowship.
777 allowed me to pause, repent, reflect, grow, and to hear. Our God is ever faithful, able to save to the uttermost. Thank you, Anne, for your guidance and your love of our wonderful Savior.
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