“Now, therefore,” says the LORD, “Turn to me with all your heart, with fasting, with weeping, and with mourning.” (Joel 2:12)
LORD, help us return to you and your ways.
So rend your heart, and not your garments; return to the LORD your God, for he is gracious and merciful, slow to anger, and of great kindness; and he relents from doing harm. (Joel 2:13)
Jesus, thank you for giving us what we do not deserve, and for not giving us what we do deserve.
Who knows if he will turn and relent, and leave a blessing behind him– a grain offering and a drink offering for the LORD your God? (Joel 2:14)
Holy Spirit, help us in true humility bring our offerings to you.
Blow the trumpet in Zion, consecrate a fast, call a sacred assembly; (Joel 2:15)
Father, move the hearts of the clergy and leadership of your church to call us to a season of fasting and prayer.
Gather the people, sanctify the congregation, assemble the elders, gather the children and nursing babes; let the bridegroom go out from his chamber, and the bride from her dressing room. (Joel 2:16)
Holy Spirit, move all our hearts to turn to Jesus.
Let the priests, who minister to the LORD, weep between the porch and the altar; let them say, “Spare your people, O LORD, and do not give your heritage to reproach, that the nations should rule over them. Why should they say among the peoples, ‘Where is their God?'” (Joel 2:17)
Spare your people, O LORD, and do not give your heritage to reproach.
A word received: Come to me, my people. Return to me, come to me. I have rest for the weary.
A word received: Pray for my purposes to be accomplished. Pray that future generations will not be blinded by circumstances. Pray for my hope to be lodged in their hearts.
Tuesday: 78:40-72; Joel 1:15-2:2(3-11); Revelation 19:1-10; Luke 14:25-35
Wednesday: 81, 82; Joel 2:12-19; Revelation 19:11-21; Luke 15:1-10