A Prayer of Restoration
“return to the original, unimpaired condition”
A prayer of Moses the man of God.
15 Make us glad for as many days as you have afflicted us,
for as many years as we have seen trouble.
16 May your deeds be shown to your servants,
your splendor to their children.
“You would not ask someone with a broken arm to swim the English Channel, so you cannot demand that the broken live as if they were whole.”
– John Eldredge, author, psychologist
Our definition of restoration is “returning to an unimpaired condition.” If a marriage is restored, it is because two people were removed from each other for a time. If someone’s health is restored, it is because something vital to their health was removed or missing at one point. When we visualize a family, culture, or world restored, it has been reunited with something it had been separated from that was necessary to its function.
God entrusted this world to the care and management of the human family. When our ancestors disconnected from God in ancient times, they disconnected the world from the life force and energy source it was meant to run on: God. No wonder Moses prayed for the days of brokenness to be replaced with days of splendor for our future children and grandchildren!
That’s why the Bible ends with a picture of restoration in Revelation 22:1-5 that looks a lot like what we had been separated from in Genesis 2:8-10. Similarly, that is what happens when a person, a marriage, a family, a friendship, a business, an economy, and a community is restored to the God whose absence has resulted in heartbreak, need, and scarcity. That’s why Jesus Himself will influence our prayers today as we join Him in praying that God’s will be done again “on earth (including your part of it) as it is in heaven.”
Where does God’s kingdom (the reign, rule and ordering of Jesus) need to come most in your life right now? List each area and pray for His kingdom to come to the patch of physical and relational real estate that you have been put in charge of or are most connected to.
Because Moses pursued God, God restored Israel as a nation and restored them to their land. Pray now for an impossible restoration project that could only happen if God were behind it.
Pray that God would remove any obstacles to anything you have prayed for so far. Name each obstacle (any “Pharaoh” that is in the way), and ask Him in Jesus name to take it down.