Cry Out While You Wait

Editor’s Note: Hello, True Woman readers! Just a reminder that in the month of October, we’re pausing our regular blog content to bring to you an opportunity to Cry Out! in earnest prayer with the Revive Our Hearts family. Rather than bringing you more noise during these days, we hope this content from the 31-Day Cry Out! Email Challenge, will help you to quiet your heart and seek the Lord with us. —Laura Elliott, Managing Editor, Revive Our Hearts

“You shall serve the Lord your God, and he will bless your bread and your water, and I will take sickness away from among you.” —Exodus 23:25

Wouldn’t it be nice if there were a “right now” attached to the end of every promise in God’s Word? If we could read a verse like Exodus 23:25 and say, “I will serve God right now, He will bless my bread and water right now, and He will take sickness away from me right now.” 

If that were the case, COVID-19 would be gone right now (at least from the lives of those who trust in Him). As God’s children, we know that when it comes to many of His promises, even those that directly apply to us, we live in the tension of “already, but not yet.” His promises are as good as fulfilled. You can take them to the bank. But can you see how they’ve come to fruition? Not necessarily. Not yet. 

But while we wait, what can we do? Notice our passage is one part us and two parts God. He is the only One who can bless us. He is the only One who can sustain us. And He is the only One who can eradicate the sickness (physical and spiritual) from our land. 

Believer, our job is to serve Him with increasing intensity while we wait for the ultimate fulfillment of His promises. And the way that we do that is to love Him wholeheartedly, to cry out to Him for mercy on behalf of our neighbors, and to share with them the reason for our hope that one day the “not yet” will be before our eyes. 

How to Pray

Strengthen me to pray with the conviction 
  that whatever I receive is thy gift,
  so that I may pray until prayer be granted; 
Teach me to believe that all degrees of mercy arise 
  from several degrees of prayer,
  that when faith is begun it is imperfect and must grow,
  as chapped ground opens wider and wider until rain comes. 

So shall I wait thy will, pray for it to be done, 
  and by thy grace become fully obedient. —The Valley of Vision1

What to pray 

  • Pray that the Lord would impress upon your heart a need to serve Him during these days—not just a desire to serve, but a need
  • Cry out for God’s mercy to fall like rain upon your home, your church, your neighborhood, and your nation. 
  • Pray that the virus would be eradicated, that lives would be saved, and that as a result of these difficult hours, His Church would be purified and many would come to repentance and faith.

It’s not too late to Cry Out! with the Revive Our Hearts team—and more than 22,000 women (and men!) around the world. Get weekend Cry Out! content and ensure you never miss a post by signing up for the 31-Day Cry Out! Email Challenge.

1 “The Divine Will,” The Valley of Vision (Banner of Truth), accessed September 9, 2020, https://banneroftruth.org/us/devotional/the-divine-will/.

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Laura Elliott

Laura Elliott

Born and raised in Michigan’s Upper Peninsula, Laura Elliott now serves the Lord alongside her husband, Michael, five sons, and one daughter in Minnesota’s Twin Cities. Her passions include words, music, politics, cooking, and encouraging women to seek the God of Scripture in every season of life. Laura is a writer and vocalist, an occasional speaker, and the managing editor for Revive Our Hearts. In addition to the True Woman blog, Laura occasionally writes at shimmersome.com.

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