THEME: THE LORD RESTORES
“Be glad then, you children of Zion, And rejoice in the LORD your God; For He has given you the former rain faithfully, And He will cause the rain to come down for you— The former rain, And the latter rain in the first month. The threshing floors shall be full of wheat, And the vats shall overflow with new wine and oil. “So I will restore to you the years that the swarming locust has eaten, The crawling locust, The consuming locust, And the chewing locust, My great army which I sent among you. You shall eat in plenty and be satisfied, And praise the name of the LORD your God, Who has dealt wondrously with you; And My people shall never be put to shame.”
-We can trace from various prophetic books that after a devastating experiential loss comes restoration. The word restore comprises of the word store and the prefix re. Store means to keep safely and re means you had something that you require back, for instance return, revive, recover, release. Restore therefore means that something was in your store house and it is being returned. The law of restoration can be referenced from the book of Proverbs 6:30-31. “People do not despise a thief If he steals to satisfy himself when he is starving. Yet when he is found, he must restore sevenfold; He may have to give up all the substance of his house.” It is through this law that we learn that the God of restoration restores seven fold; where seven is the number of completion. Prophet Joel therefore gives hope to the Israelites after the locust invasion or plague. After they humbled themselves are repented, a promise of restoration was pronounced. A promise to bring forth the former rain and the latter rain in the first month. This can be linked to the famous scripture 2 Chronicles 7:14, “if my people, who are called by my name, will humble themselves and pray and seek my face and turn from their wicked ways, then I will hear from heaven, and I will forgive their sin and will heal their land”. The Lord of restoration is healing our land and filling our bans with plenty this year and requires us to go back to Him with repentant hearts.
Thank You Lord for You have enabled us to see this new day. It is not by our power nor might but by Your Spirit Lord. Shepherd us through out this week according to Your will. Thank You for providing us, protecting us, leading our way, showing us mercy and giving us joy in our hearts. We humbly implore You Jesus to forgive us all our personal sins, sins of our family members, sins of our nation and those of the whole world. Cleanse us completely merciful Jesus and wash us with Your precious blood. Show us Your path of truth and heal our land dear Jesus. Go ahead of us Lord and make every crooked path straight. Restore us, O God and cause Your face to shine upon us, and we shall be saved. Restore to us what was stolen from us dear Jesus this past decade and accelerate us to the next level according to Your divine will. Furnish us with Your sufficient grace and favor that we may receive everything that belongs to us according to the riches of Your glory. Restore unto us every lost opportunity that has been taken away from us by COVID-19; merciful Father. Every closed business and lost job, restore unto us dear Jesus. Every financial resource that has been stolen from us in the past decade, restore unto us dear Jesus. Every delay that has been occasioned by the closure of learning institutions, restore unto us and our children Father. Every thing that pertains to our lives, families, churches, schools and nation, that has been devoured by the locusts; restore seven fold unto us merciful Father. Thank You for the rains that we recently experienced in the whole nation. We humbly ask that You may bring forth the former and later rains upon us this month, and shower us with Your unending blessings. Bless the work of our hands dear Master and help us to bear much fruit. Only You are the King of kings and Lord of lord. All glory and praise belongs to You Jesus, now and forever. Amen
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