A Prayer for Spiritual Awakening
By Emma Danzey
Ezekiel 37:4-5 says, “Then he said to me, ‘Prophesy to these bones and say to them, ‘Dry bones, hear the word of the Lord! This is what the Sovereign Lord says to these bones: I will make breath enter you, and you will come to life. I will attach tendons to you and make flesh come upon you and cover you with skin; I will put breath in you, and you will come to life. Then you will know that I am the Lord.’”
Spiritual awakening is something that Christians everywhere desire to see take place. Whether this be in our own neighborhoods or globally, we are going to ask the Lord to do again what He did in Ezekiel. For those who have no hope, who are dead in their sins, because of the power of Jesus, their dry bones can come to life. The breath of God will give them life. They can be reborn because of Christ.
Who have you been praying would receive the gift of salvation through Jesus? God has not given up on them. Today, as we pray for others, may it remind us of the people in our lives and around us each day who are in desperate need of our Savior. May it renew a passion within ourselves to be living life through the power of the Holy Spirit and not in our own human strength.
Our Powerful God,
We call on Your name Jesus today. We ask that You would move boldly and that you would do a new thing in the hearts and lives around us. We pray for spiritual awakening to take place. As we look around at the dry bones in our societies and in our cities, we see people who have no idea who You are. We see people who have been hurt by the sins of others. We see people who are so thirsty for truth.
You say in John 4:14, “But whoever drinks of the water that I will give him will never be thirsty again. The water that I will give him will become in him a spring of water welling up to eternal life.” This is our prayer today that the nations and our towns would drink of the living water of You, Jesus. That they would be eternally satisfied in You. We pray that their spiritual dryness would be revived and refreshed by Who You are and what You have done on their behalves.
Jesus, we pray for spiritual awakening within our own hearts. In the places which we have become hardened to You, soften our hearts and open our eyes to You and Your gospel. Speak to us through Your Word. Guide us by Your Spirit to be ambassadors for You. We pray for creative ways to share the gospel and for open doors to love those around us. Keep us sensitive to Your Holy Spirit as we go through our days, knowing that You are working in our midst.
Show us Your power and Your glory. Help others to see the work of Your hand. May our messages of the gospel come across clearly and fall on open ears. Give those who are spiritually dead hope and revive their hearts in You. Help us as we share and provide opportunities for them to hear the hope that we have in You. God, we pray that our cities, our states, and our nations would know that You are the Lord. There is none like You.
Spiritual awakening begins with one person at a time. Remind us of the value of sharing Your message with one person. We pray for multiplication, but we pray for individuals who you celebrate. You tell us in Luke 15:10, “In the same way, I tell you, there is rejoicing in the presence of the angels of God over one sinner who repents.” Please give us the spiritual insight to see others as You do, not at numbers, but as creations of the Almighty who are made in His image. We praise You for the work You have already done and for the work you have yet to do. Thank you for allowing us to be part of it. Amen.
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Emma Danzey’s mission in life stems from Ephesians 3:20-21, to embrace the extraordinary. One of her greatest joys is to journey with the Lord in His Scriptures. She is wife to Drew and mom to Graham. Emma serves alongside her husband in ministry, she focuses most of her time in the home, but loves to provide articles on the Bible, life questions, and Christian lifestyle. Her article on Interracial Marriage was the number 1 on Crosswalk in 2021. Most recently, Emma released Treasures for Tots, (Scripture memory songs) for young children. During her ministry career, Emma has released Wildflower: Blooming Through Singleness, two worship EP albums, founded and led Polished Conference Ministries, and ran the Refined Magazine. You can view her articles on her blog at emmadanzey.wordpress.com and check out her Instagram @Emmadanzey.
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Originally published Sunday, 01 October 2023.