Day 13 Friday August 18
Anyone can get happy after the miracle has come. Show me someone who celebrates before the answer, and I’ll show you someone who is about to experience the answer.
THERE IS A wonderful verse that speaks to the effect of extreme worship on barrenness itself. “Shout for joy, O barren one, you who have borne no child; break forth into joyful shouting and cry aloud, you who have not travailed; for the sons of the desolate one will be more numerous than the sons of the married woman,” says the Lord (Isaiah 54:1 NASB). What a promise. In this chapter we find a barren woman who is exhorted to shout for joy before she becomes pregnant. The end result is that she will have more children than the one who has been having children all along. This provides quite the prophetic picture. The people who are people of worship, regardless of circumstances, will become fruitful in ways beyond reason. This is the nature of faith— it looks ahead and lives accordingly.
DAILY SCRIPTURE READING: ISAIAH 54:1-3
My worship releases life where there is barrenness. In every circumstance— where there is hopelessness, impossibility, fear, or anxiety— keep me from agreeing with the problem and help me to release Your solutions. May every solution begin with a posture of praise. I don’t deny the problem; I just deny the problem of its power over my life (or over the life of the person it is afflicting). I declare Your praises. I exalt Your Name, King Jesus. I remember Your promises. Your Name is higher than any measure of barrenness. Even before my eyes see the miracle come to pass, I celebrate Who You are and what you are doing. You are the answer.
WHAT FATHER IS SAYING TO ME TODAY?