A Prayer for Today, Part 2

A Prayer of Habakkuk the prophet upon Shigionoth.  O LORD, I have heard thy speech, and was afraid: O LORD, revive thy work in the midst of the years, in the midst of the years make known; in wrath remember mercy.

Habakkuk 3:1-2

We looked yesterday at what a great prayer this is.  It was a great prayer for the nation of Israel over two thousand years ago when Habakkuk first prayed it, and it is  a great prayer for our nations today was we pray it.  There are timeless truths in this prayer.

We need to be praying for revival.  Our nation, and many others, desperately need a revival.  We need to Lord to send one and we need to be praying toward that end.  However, just the fact that our society is so sinful does not automatically guarantee that we will have revival.  I think we would agree that our society is very deserving of judgment.  As a nation, we have rejected God and His Word, and have tried to follow after man’s wisdom.  We deserve God’s wrath.  That is why I like the end of the verse:

“In wrath remember mercy.”  I have prayed that prayer many times myself.  I have done things that I know have displeased the Lord.  I know that I deserve His chastening hand on my life.  And, crying out to God, I have asked Him to “in wrath remember mercy.”  I think that we could pray that prayer for our world today.  Our world deserves God’s wrath.  But we could (and should) ask Him to remember mercy.  We have no reason to ask for a revival apart from the great mercy and longsuffering of God.  God could destroy our nation and would be right in doing so.  But we can still ask for mercy.

I am ever thankful for a God, Who, in wrath, will remember mercy.

3 responses to this post.

  1. A-men Ben! I am praying this with you. I do believe that there will be one last great revival before the Great and Notable Day of the Lord comes!


  2. I love His mercy and that heart in you that wants that for everyone too. God bless you, Ben, as you continue to reach out to others in His name and love.


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