Devotional for Day 29 – September 29, 2013
Pastor Daniel Ko, Suwon Hana Baptist Church, South Korea
God can choose to send a great revival quickly when His people obediently pray and proclaim His truth.
Jonah obeyed the word of the LORD and went to Nineveh. Now Nineveh was a very important city – a visit required three days. On the first day, Jonah started into the city. He proclaimed: “Forty more days and Nineveh will be overturned.” The Ninevites believed God. They declared a fast, and all of them, from the greatest to the least, put on sackcloth. (Jonah 3:3-5 NIV)
When God planned a revival for the Gentile city of Nineveh, the first thing He did was look for a person He could work through. Jonah was that one so God shared His plan with him.
However, Jonah was not happy with this plan. Perhaps he protested, “Lord, destroying Nineveh is more reasonable than saving Nineveh. If Nineveh prospers, then the Israelites will perish.” So, Jonah arose to flee from the presence of the Lord by ship to Tarshish. God had a passion for Nineveh and chased Jonah in order to fulfil His plan.
Jonah found himself in the belly of a great fish and finally submitted to the plan of God. After that, something amazing happened. Jonah went into the city and on the first day began to proclaim the destruction that God would bring in 40 days (verse 3). Surprisingly, the people of Nineveh repented and turned their hearts toward God. Even the king of Nineveh heard about this amazing event, and he publicly proclaimed a fast throughout the country. Great transformation started in Nineveh.
Yes, revival belongs to God. But the question is, who is going to submit to God’s will and pray? Compare the time of God’s preparation for Jonah to pray for the revival to the time when revival really did happen. Revival is not difficult for God, but we will be that one person fully submitted to God’s will and ready to pray and obey?
Today, God is able to save people and bring revival, even in just one day. However, who is going to pray and submit to His will? Will you?
Pray this Prayer:
Lord God, we pray for revival in the great cities of our day. You’re looking for your ‘Jonahs’ to use them as instruments of revival today, as You did in Nineveh. Please forgive us for any times we have not cared about others or preferred your judgment rather than repentance. We believe You are a merciful God who desires that none should perish. We believe that You have the power to bring revival even quickly as in Nineveh. So we ask You to do that in our day in our city and around the world. In your great mercy we ask You to begin that today. Amen.
Continue in prayer using the 4 prayer points as the Lord leads you.