Wednesday, March 4, 2009

Spring Rain

Ask the Lord for rain in the spring, for He makes the storm clouds. And He will send showers of rain so every field becomes a lush pasture. (Zechariah 10:1)

Rain in the spring. I watch it fall from heaven and observe how the landscape around me is transformed.

This is what we want and what we need for the barrenness of a winter season has left our spirit browned and lifeless and we long for the lush greenness of summer.

We need the rain because we desire growth and new life.

Rain is associated in the Bible with God's blessing. He would withhold the rain when His people turned from Him but would open the windows of heaven when they listened to His commands and sought Him with all their hearts. (Deut. 11:13-17, Jeremiah 5:23-25)

A prayer for rain is not only to pray that God will send down His blessings but also to align myself in right standing with God so that my sin does not stand in the way of His favor. (I Kings 8:35, 36)

"Even now," declares the Lord, "return to me with all your heart, with fasting and weeping, and mourning."

Rend your heart and not your garments.

Return to the Lord your God for He is gracious and compassionate, slow to anger and abounding in love...

He sends you abundant showers, both autumn and spring rains as before. The threshing floor will be filled with grain, the vats will overflow with new wine and oil.

"I will restore to you the years the locust has eaten...You will have plenty to eat and will be satisfied and you will praise the name of the Lord your God who has worked wonders for you...Then you will know that...I am the Lord your God and that there is no other"
(Joel 2:12, 13, 23-17)

Lord, rain on me.

What are your thoughts?

Is your heart dried up? barren? lacking in vibrancy and life?

Was there a time it was more of a lush pasture than it is now?

What stands in the way of God raining His favor down on you?

Will you let each spring rain remind you that God longs to bless us with Himself if our hearts are right with Him and use each shower as a reminder to seek Him?

Will the prayer remain on your lips this season "Lord, send rain in the Spring"?

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