Restore us, O God; make your face shine upon us, that we may be saved. (Ps. 80:3, NIV)
It’s Sunday, time for another “mini-Easter.” As you’re probably starting to realize, the Kingdom of Heaven involves our participation. The world does not suddenly become all sweetness and light because God waves a magic wand over it. No, the Kingdom of Heaven comes choice by choice, prayer by prayer, as we align ourselves with God’s purposes for His great kingdom. The confessing of old patterns and agreement with God’s better ways that you’ve been doing in these Lenten prayer experiences are helping you to align yourself with God’s Kingdom and speed up its coming.
You can also participate with God in advancing His kingdom by praying from Psalm 80, a prayer for the revival and restoration of God’s people. Adapt and pray it for yourself, for the church, for your community, and the world—pray it however the Holy Spirit leads you.
Psalm 80, NIV
Hear us, O Shepherd of Israel,
you who lead Joseph like a flock;
you who sit enthroned between the cherubim, shine forth.
Awaken your might;
come and save us.
Restore us, O God; make your face shine upon us,
that we may be saved.
O Lord God Almighty, how long will your anger smolder
against the prayers of your people?
You have made us a source of contention to our neighbors,
and our enemies mock us.
Restore us, O God Almighty;
make your face shine upon us, that we may be saved.
You brought a vine out of Egypt;
you drove out the nations and planted it.
You cleared the ground for it,
and it took root and filled the land.
The mountains were covered with its shade,
the mighty cedars with its branches.
Why have you broken down its walls so that all who pass by pick its grapes?
Return to us, O God Almighty!
Look down from heaven and see!
Watch over this vine, the root your right hand has planted,
the son you have raised up for yourself.
Your vine is cut down, it is burned with fire;
at your rebuke your people perish.
Let your hand rest on the man at your right hand,
the son of man you have raised up for yourself.
Then we will not turn away from you; revive us,
and we will call on your name.
Restore us, O Lord God Almighty;
make your face shine upon us that we may be saved.