THURSDAY 13 DECEMBER // Hope for our Habitats
Habitats are the places where we are usually found, where we thrive and find joy and purpose. This might be your workplace, sports club, community group etc.
Have you ever been in the situation where after years of privately praying for the people in your workplace you are presented with the opportunity to pray healing over a colleague with an injury, or peace over a situation of conflict they are struggling with? It can feel like your moment, your chance to show them the power and love of God. You pray with them, but mountains don’t move. It can be discouraging.
Here’s a truth learnt the hard way - not everyone’s miracle is instantaneous and that is perfectly okay. In our time in history the perception of timing is a little off its axis, our world is increasingly becoming built around the need and expectation of instant gratification. Technology can connect us in seconds, fast food is exactly that, and our culture idolises the ‘busy’.
While it is 100% true that God can and will answer every prayer that aligns with His will (1 John 5:14), when we aren’t given a timeline waiting a week, month, year or 10 years can be a challenge. We are responsible for faithfulness, God is responsible for fruitfulness; and when we are holding faithfulness for those in our habitats it is also our responsibility to provide hope that what is happening in the ‘waiting’ is just as valuable as the answer to our prayer.
So, how are you facilitating biblical hope to those in your habitats in a culture dominated by instant gratification?
Read: Hebrews 6:19 (AMP)
This hope [this confident assurance] we have as an anchor of the soul [it cannot slip and it cannot break down under whatever pressure bears upon it]—a safe and steadfast hope that enters within the veil [of the heavenly temple, that most Holy Place in which the very presence of God dwells].
Pray: Continue to ask God to anchor your soul in His safe and steadfast hope and out of that pray for your habitats, invite God to reveal where He is at work and how you can join in.
Respond: On your Advent calendar colour in today’s bauble, you might also like to include a scripture reference or note what God is speaking to you about