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3 Days of Prayer and Fasting (2024/06)

Habakkuk 3:16-19 (ESV)

16 I hear, and my body trembles;
my lips quiver at the sound;
rottenness enters into my bones;
my legs tremble beneath me.
Yet I will quietly wait for the day of trouble
to come upon people who invade us.

17 Though the fig tree should not blossom,
nor fruit be on the vines,
the produce of the olive fail
and the fields yield no food,
the flock be cut off from the fold
and there be no herd in the stalls,
18 yet I will rejoice in the Lord;
I will take joy in the God of my salvation.
19 God, the Lord, is my strength;
he makes my feet like the deer’s;
he makes me tread on my high places.

To the choirmaster: with stringed instruments.


DAY ONE: LOVING GOD
Reflect:

Israel’s primary inheritance from the Lord was the land of Canaan, which was “a good land, a land of brooks of water, of fountains and springs, flowing out in the valleys and hills, a land of wheat and barley, of vines and fig trees and pomegranates, a land of olive trees and honey, a land in which you will eat bread without scarcity, in which you will lack nothing, a land whose stones are iron, and out of whose hills you can dig copper” (Deut. 8:7-9). These were the things that God had promised them, and they were a sign of God’s favor. But verse 17 tells us that, due to invasion from their enemies, Israel was deprived of these very signs of divine favor, the most valuable produce from their land—figs, grapes, olives, grains, sheep. This could have made Habakkuk doubt and despair the goodness of God. And “yet,” Habakkuk says in verse 18, “I will rejoice in the LORD; I will take joy in the God of my salvation.” He put his trust and hope in the Lord’s salvation despite appearances to the contrary. What are some areas of your life that you feel are “not producing”? In what areas of your life do you feel lack and discontentment? Direct your attention to the Lord and His salvation, which can never be taken away from you, and rejoice!

Recommended Song: “Come Ye Souls by Sin Afflicted” by Indelible Grace (Find it on our church’s Spotify playlist, “Trinity Hymnal,” at http://bit.do/trinityhymnal)
Pray:
  • Confess the areas of your life about which you have been discontent and disgruntled toward God. After naming these, relinquish your control over these things in your life and entrust them to God.
  • Spend some time thanking God and “tak[ing] joy” in who God is and what He has done for you.

DAY TWO: LOVING ONE ANOTHER
Reflect:

Habakkuk was not merely mourning his personal pain and suffering, but that of his people, as the pronoun “us” in verse 16 reveals, “Yet I will quietly wait for the day of trouble to come upon people who invade us.” But Habakkuk has not lost faith that, “GOD, the Lord, is my strength; he makes my feet like the deer’s; he makes me tread on my high places.” A deer could swiftly flee from predators, and “high places” were refuge from attacks of the enemy, not only in a geographic, strategic sense, but in a theological sense, because “the LORD is exalted, for he dwells on high (Isa. 33:5). Do we as a church, find our strength in the Lord or in ourselves? Do we flee to Him as our refuge and “high place,” or to the comforts and pleasures of this world?

Recommended Song: “Who Is Like the Lord?” by Sovereign Grace Churches (Find it on our church’s Spotify playlist, “Trinity Hymnal,” at http://bit.do/trinityhymnal)
Pray:
  • Spend some time mourning the sins and the troubles that plague our local church and the broader Church today. Then, wait on the Lord, entrusting these things to Him and trusting that He will act.
  • Pray that our church would grow in prayer that we would be a church that relies on the strength of the Lord and not in our own strength.
  • Pray for the baptism/membership class that just finished, and the baptism/membership interviews that will be taking place. Pray that unbelievers will repent of their sins, believe in Jesus, and get baptized, and that new members would be welcomed into our church family.

Day 3: Loving Our Neighbors
Reflect:

Though Habakkuk did not see this day, he “quietly wait[ed] for the day of trouble to come upon people who invade us” (v. 16). As we saw in Revelation 19:1-2, the day of God’s vengeance upon unrepentant sinners is surely coming:

“Hallelujah!
Salvation and glory and power belong to our God,
    for his judgments are true and just;
for he has judged the great prostitute
    who corrupted the earth with her immorality,
and has avenged on her the blood of his servants.”

Recommended Song: “Revelation 19:1” by Maverick City Music (Find it on our church’s Spotify playlist, “Trinity Hymnal,” at http://bit.do/trinityhymnal)
Pray:
  • Pray that we would live with an eternal perspective, so that we recognize the urgency of evangelism and the eternal peril that awaits unbelievers.
  • Pray that the unbelievers in our church (and in the Baptism Class) would repent and believe in Jesus, and get baptized.
  • Pray that God would send out more laborers into the harvest field, both here and abroad, especially, this month, for Nigeria—a nation we are praying for throughout June.
  • Pray by name for your unbelieving family members, friends, and neighbors. Pray that you might be filled with the Holy Spirit to bear bold witness to Jesus.
  • Pray that our church members might be the light of Christ and shed abroad the love of Christ in their respective friends/family as they visit them over the Summer.

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