A Prayer of Rebuilding
A prayer of Moses the man of God.
17 May the favor of the Lord our God rest on us;
establish the work of our hands for us—
yes, establish the work of our hands.
“You have your world to rebuild, and I have mine.”
– Ransom Riggs, American author and filmmaker
So far this week, you have prayed a prayer of acknowledgement, humility, contrition, sobriety, one for mercy, and one for restoration. This last prayer of Moses is one that is often used when someone is dedicating a new business or starting a new venture. I can’t imagine what Moses was feeling when he prayed it over a nation taking possession of a whole new land! It is definitely a prayer for rebuilding.
A prayer to rebuild has at least three focuses: foundation, framing, and roofing. For God to establish the work of our hands, we have to build on the foundation of Christ. That means that from the beginning, the dream is to build something only on what the death, burial, and resurrection of Jesus makes possible. It also means that what is built on that foundation frames up a floor plan perfect for people to experience Jesus’ love and purpose through what you are building. Finally, it means putting a shelter on it that provides the covering of God’s promises, many of which are conditional upon proper construction and activity. This is so important before we enter week two of this journey and pray prayers that build community.
So how do we convert these three focuses into prayers that wrap up a week of pursuing God while we wait in quarantine? Here’s how.
Is Jesus really the foundation of what you are building, or is it a different dream, maybe someone else’s dream? Test that foundation now by asking God to reveal to you what you are actually building your life on these days.
Is what you are building making room for what God wants to do through your life? Ask yourself, “If God answered all the prayers I prayed this month, would anyone be trusting God more, following Jesus more passionately or for the first time, serving and loving others more sacrificially?” Quantify that a bit and let the answer to that question form a fresh conversation with God about what you are building through your life.
Pray that God would cover, shelter and protect everything you are working on in your life right now by praying Moses’ prayer today in verse 17 over it.
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