Shining as Sons and Daughters

All creation is groaning.  We see the effects of it in the aches and pain all around us.  Romans 8:19-22 says that all of creation is earnestly longing for the revealing of the sons of God.  This revealing speaks to a showing forth and a making evident of Christ in us, the hope of glory (Colossians 1:27), to the world.  Although we became sons of God when we were born again, the planet aches for the outward expression of what we know is already our inward positional reality, and it simply starts with a willing heart.  

The world has never been changed by people who pray, "Oh God, change my nation through someone else!"  Our identification as sons - heirs of God (Romans 8:17) and co-laborers with Christ (1 Corinthians 3:9) - gives us the privilege to answer the ache of mankind in an expressed way.  Esther almost missed this privilege.  Mordecai challenged her belief that she could pray while denying her God-given assignment in the answer.  "Who knows whether you have not attained royalty for such a time as this?" (Esther 4:14) Esther answered the call.  The intercession she made as she fasted and prayed for 3 days compelled her to risky action that ended up saving the Jewish nation.  Her intercession in secret became a powerful weapon when married to her willingness to be one that God could use to bring forth justice.  May we be such a people.  

Scripture:You are the light of the world.  A city set on a hill cannot be hidden; nor does anyone light a lamp and put it under a basket, but on the lampstand, and it gives light to all who are in the house.  Let your light shine before men in such a way that they may see your good works, and glorify your Father who is in heaven.” Matthew 5:14-16

Prayer: God, I come with a willing heart.  I pray that you would move powerfully in my church, school, workplace, city (go ahead and list them out).  I make myself available for your purposes, to pray your heart, to decree your Word in intercession, and to carry that burning heart wherever I go.  Here I am, send me!  Baptize your people in holy fire and boldness to let our light shine brightly in our world for the glory of Your name! In Jesus' name, Amen.

Hannah Savage, [M]Watch Senior Leadership Team