Oh God, Step Down!
I want to share a scripture with you today that I feel is where God wants the Church right now:
“Oh, that you would rend the heavens and come down, that the mountains would tremble before You! As when fire sets twigs ablaze and causes water to boil, come down to make Your name known to your enemies and cause the nations to quake before You! For when You did awesome things that we did not expect, You came down, and the mountains trembled before You. Since ancient times no one has heard, no ear has perceived, no eye has seen any God besides You, who acts on behalf of those who wait for Him. You come to the help of those who gladly do right, who remember Your ways.” (Isaiah 64:1-5a; NIV)
There are times when the sin of a person, a people group, or even a whole nation make it hard for people to hear God. The atmosphere can become so devoid of people seeking God that the heavens become as brass. When there is little expectation that He will move, it becomes hard for Him to find the faith in the Church to facilitate His movement. We see this around the world in cultures, cities, and even whole countries where He is not welcome.
Here in America, we have many that are very passionate for Christ and we have a prayer movement that has been maturing. Nevertheless, there are pockets where things are still very dark. Church, we need to cry out for Him! We need to call for Him to rend the heavens and come down. We need to cry out in passionate, heartfelt worship for Him to show up before our enemies. It looks like all hell has broken out against this nation, but we know God is never mocked for long. He established this nation and He watches over it. He wants to partner with us to see His Kingdom come to America. We do that by expressing our desire for Him.
He wants us to call out for Him. We want to make the same cry that Isaiah did. We want to call for the Lord to come to this nation and make Himself known in our midst. We want Him to make Himself known in the hardest and darkest places. We want Him to be revealed to the lost, and we want Him to reveal Himself to His enemies. We also need Him to make Himself known to our leaders.
He tells us in Isaiah 61 that He desires to work with us to “rebuild the ancient ruins and restore the places long devastated.” We need to ask Him to “renew the ruined cities that have been devastated for generations.” He goes on to say, “I love justice and hate robbery and wrongdoing. In My faithfulness I will reward My people and make an everlasting covenant with them. Their descendants will be known among the nations and their offspring among the peoples. All who see them will acknowledge that they are a people the Lord has blessed.” (Scripture from Isaiah 61:1-4, and 8-9; NIV)
We need to tell Him we want to be those people the world sees His hand on. We want to be those who have answers to restore our cities and answers for the hurting. We are the people of God and the nation desperately needs Jesus. Call out for Him!
“O that thou wouldst rend the heavens, and wouldst come down: the mountains would melt away at thy presence.” (Isaiah 64:1; DRB)
Give Him 15 minutes in prayer:
Using Isaiah 64:1-5a, cry out for God to step down! Pray in the Spirit for a bit if you need to until you feel a strong passion, a strong call of your spirit to His.
See yourself worshipping Him in the dark corners of this nation. Maybe you will worship over Chicago, where gang violence takes many lives every week. Maybe you will worship over Portland, where far-left groups are terrorizing a city. Maybe you will worship over New York City, where the highest number of COVID-19 deaths have been recorded. Weep with the Lord over these cities. He loves the people who live there. Call for His manifest Presence to show up in these dark places.
Ask Him to reveal Himself to our leaders: to our President and those in His administration, to our Congressmen and women, and to our Supreme Court Justices. Ask Him to make Himself known to your Governor and other state leaders. Ask Him to show up to the mayors of your state’s major cities, as well as to your own mayor and city officials. Cry out for God to step down!
Say, “We want to be those people the world sees Your hand on. We want to be those who have answers to restore our cities and answers for the hurting.”
Declare, “The mountains of society will melt before the great and mighty God Most High! He will affirm His covenant with us and anoint us to proclaim the Gospel of HIs Kingdom throughout the land!”
A prayer you can pray:
God, You are our God. We say there is no other God but You. We are in desperate need of You, Lord. There is so much going on right now that all we can think to do is cry out for You. Our nation must have Jesus! Rend the heavens and come down! Since ancient times no one has heard, no ear has perceived, no eye has seen any God besides You, who acts on behalf of those who wait for Him. You will come and help us. We will remember and recount Your ways. Sin appears to be increasing, so let greater grace abound.
God, save our cities. Save the ungodly leaders that are allowing the takeover of their cities. Save the hardest hearts. Come and reveal Yourself to the anarchists, the gangs, and others causing havoc, fear, pain, and the suffering of others. Anoint us to reveal Your Son to them. God, we call for You to make Yourself known to our national leaders. Let them fall on their faces before You, even as Nebuchadnezzar did. Show them Who You are and straighten things out. Show them that we are the people You have Your hand on. Download revelation to Your people that can restore our cities. Give us answers for the hurting. We say, “The mountains of society will melt before the great and mighty God Most High! You will affirm Your covenant with us and anoint us to proclaim the Gospel of Your Kingdom throughout the land!” We say, “You are welcome in America, Jesus.” Amen.
God, rend the heavens and step down into America!