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Prayers for Revival: Lead Me in the everlasting way

by Julia Bruce
CEO & Keynote speaker

What is the everlasting way?

At the time David wrote this Psalm, Jesus had not yet be born, died on the cross or rose from the dead. So for David, the everlasting way refers to the ancient way that godly men of the past followed, such as Abraham, Moses, Elijah, Elisha, and Samuel. This way led ultimately to everlasting life through the death and resurrection of Jesus. Everlasting life can never be gained by works but is by grace and through faith. David’s faith looked forward to the promise of Christ. Our faith today looks back on the completed work of Christ. Either way, Christ is the true and only to eternal life and He leads us like a Shepherd leads his sheep into a life of faith, truth, and godliness.

We are all on a path

Every human is on one of two paths. You can’t be on both – its either the way of everlasting life or the way of the world. At some point in our lives we each come to a fork in the path and must choose which direction we will go. And the choice we make in this life will determine our eternal destination. There will be no chance to “change your mind” after death. There is no “praying your way out.” There is no working your way out. It’s either eternal life in Heaven or eternal damnation in hell. So it is important that we make the right choice now – today.

The Right Way

Choosing the right way not only has eternal implications, but it also makes a difference in this life. As a follower of Christ our joy is in Him. One of the greatest lies of Satan is that following the path of the world will bring pleasure and happiness – but that happiness is fleeting and dependent upon our circumstances. As long as my circumstances are good, I’m happy. The everlasting way means my happiness comes from Christ living in me regardless of my circumstances. Those who follow the path of evil only have a fleeting happiness that is deceptive and traps us in a life of sin.

Lead me in the way

However, the way of faith in God and a life that flows out of that faith is the everlasting way that leads to eternal joy. But like sheep, we must be led on the everlasting way. Before surrendering our hearts to Christ, our sin keeps us blind to the ways of God and the path that leads to life. So we need for Jesus to take us by the hand and lead us down the path. As long as we are holding His hand, we don’t have to worry about straying off the path.

Today’s Revival Prayer

Father, we ask you to take us by the hand like a father does his child and lead us in the everlasting way. Help us to find our joy in you as we live for your glory. May our hearts be revived as we walk the way close to you until our steps lead us into eternity with You.

We also pray for those who have not yet chosen to take your hand follow You in the everlasting way. Open their hearts, eyes, and minds to the lies of Satan and to the Truth, Life, and Way.

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