When I was 5 years old my dad made a promise to me. A promise he was going to fulfill in 24 hours. I was very passionate about soccer. I found myself skipping classes, at that early age, to go play soccer out in the fields. I guess, it was that rubber ball that we kicked around everyday that prompted ,my dad to get me a brand new and real soccer ball.
I’ll never forget that morning when he whispered in my ear. That at the end of the day, I would have my own soccer ball. I was gripped with expectation. I couldn’t wait for him to come back home from work. I had it on my mind for the entire day. I always wanted one, but the likelihood of getting it that day, made my desire for it even more compelling.
I waited for the car to turn into the drive way. And before he could get out of the car I was right there with arms outstretched. He didn’t fail me either. I finally had a real soccer ball, and I was the happiest kid on the block.
Well, now I have a Heavenly Father, and He has promised to bless me with something more valuable than a soccer ball. And I find myself longing, waiting, and anticipating his return home to bless me with all His riches in Christ my Savior and Lord. I took the past 21 days doing just that in a time of fasting and praying.
As I read Joel 2:23-232, seven promises popped up from the pages. So I used them to wait upon the Lord. I hope you can tap into them as well:
The former and latter rain as an outpouring of His spirit upon me
”’…he has poured down for you abundant rain…” verse 23
At this stage of my life, I would gladly accept a million bucks. God knows I could use a new car right now. But I desire something greater than a million bucks. I need that fire burning in my bones. I need that refreshing. I need that weight of glory. I need the fullness of joy, pleasures evermore. I need the Holy Spirit’s comforting touch. More than anything – I need Him right now!
The threshing floors shall be full of grain for your Financial break-through
“…threshing floors shall be full of grain; vats shall overflow…” verse 24
I know I ought to pray more about my spiritual well-being. I don’t deny that I need some spiritual breakthroughs. But today, Lord, I need some financial assistance. Not for selfish reasons, but for school, church, missions and for provisions you know I desperately need that right now.
The years the locust has eaten completely restored
“…I will restore the years the swarming locust has eaten…” verse 25
My first love. My marriage. My health. My confidence. My career. My family. My peace. My sanity. I’m about to lose my mind, Lord – restore my hope. Restore my credibility. Restore my faith – because it’s hard right now. I need to see you at work. Show me a sign that I am going to make it, achieve my goals and fulfill my call. Being human often means bearing loss never to be regained. But we serve a God, a God of mercy and abundant grace who is fully able to restore. If it is restoration your need right now, I want your to realize that it is promised to you, so receive it.
I will deal wonderfully with you so get ready for your miracle
“… the Lord shall deal wondrously with you…” verse 26
I’m ready. I’m expecting, anticipating, anxiously waiting. Just one word Lord, and everything will be just fine. Just one command and I’ll be fine. Be it unto me according to thy word. You said, if I believe, I will see the glory of God. Lord, I believe. I believe you are able to do exceedingly abundantly above all we can ask or dream.
You shall know that I am in your midst, not in theory but in reality
“… you shall know that I am in your midst…” verse 27
Lord, I believe that where ever two or three are gathered in your name, there in their presence you are. But too many times, this is just a declaration of faith. we sing our songs, pray our prayers, jump around a little. But you’re not there. I know sometimes what really matters is that we know by faith and give sacrifice of praise and not trust in feelings. But today is not that day. I need to see you save sinners, heal the sick, move in our midst in ways like no one can deny.
Your sons and daughters will have an increase revelation knowledge
“… your sons and daughters will prophesy…” verse 28
I lift my two girls up to you today. May they be pillars adorned in the house of the Lord. Teach them and give them great peace. May the fear of the Lord be their wisdom. Hide them in the shelter of your wings. May your blessings and prosperity be their portion. And may they serve you all the days of their lives with dedication and faithfulness.
Everyone who calls on my name shall taste my deliverance
“… everyone who calls upon the name of the Lord shall be saved…” verse 32
Lord deliver me from evil, and from the evil one. Free me from deception, lies, and bitterness. Break the stronghold of the devil over me. Let no weapon that is fashioned and forged against me prosper. Bind the strong man, pull down principalities and powers and every thought that exalts itself above the knowledge of Christ. Take all my sin and debt and nail them to the cross. Let me live in freedom to worship and serve you the rest of my life. This is what I really want right now!
Lord, you said, that if I hunger and thirst for you, if I seek first the kingdom of God, I will be filled and all these other things will be added unto me. I thank you in advance for answering me. In Jesus Name, Amen!