A Prayer for Divine Revelation

Many times in my life I have wondered why certain things were happening and just how they fit into God’s plan for me and those around me. I was looking for divine revelation—an answer from above—telling me that what my mind thought God was telling me was, in fact, God speaking to me.

Gideon, in the 6th Chapter of Judges, was looking for the same thing. The Israelites had been disobedient and rebellious toward God for the umpteenth time. Because of this disobedience, God had delivered them into the hands of the Midianites for seven years. When they cried out to God for help, He reminded them through a prophet of all the times He had delivered them in the past—even after their rebellion. Then, God sent an angel to tell Gideon that he was going to deliver the Israelites from Midian.

Much like Moses, Gideon wondered if he had heard things right. After all, he was the runt of the litter as far as his family was concerned. So, Gideon asked for a sign to prove to him that God was going to help him deliver the people. When Gideon brought his offering, the angel of God burned up the entire thing. Gideon knew he had heard from God’s angel. Gideon began to do the work God had asked him to do. He tore down the altar of Baal and the Asherah pole.  

Yet, before Gideon went into battle against the armies of Midian and Amalek, he needed some additional reassurance. Judges 6:36-40 gives the account of what happened next, “Then Gideon said to God, ‘If you are truly going to use me to rescue Israel as you promised, prove it to me in this way. I will put a wool fleece on the threshing floor tonight. If the fleece is wet with dew in the morning but the ground is dry, then I will know that you are going to help me rescue Israel as you promised.’ And that is just what happened. When Gideon got up early the next morning, he squeezed the fleece and wrung out a whole bowlful of water. Then Gideon said to God, ‘Please don’t be angry with me, but let me make one more request. Let me use the fleece for one more test. This time let the fleece remain dry while the ground around it is wet with dew.’ So that night God did as Gideon asked. The fleece was dry in the morning, but the ground was covered with dew.”

God loves you every bit as much as He loved Gideon. We can humbly approach the throne of God’s grace and ask for His divine revelation and guidance in our lives when we experience doubt or confusion.

Dear Father in Heaven,

We humbly bow before You and come to You with thanksgiving, asking for Your divine revelation in our lives.

We confess our lack of faith, Father, and ask that You confirm, unmistakably, Your will for us in this situation. We commit our whole heart and life to pleasing and serving You, Father. Do not be angry with us, Lord, but hear our petition and grant our plea in order that we may serve You more and know Your will. Father, may our actions be in accordance with Your plan.

Reveal Your perfect purpose in this situation, Father, for You know and understand our weakness. Help us to mobilize in Your strength, for apart from You we can do nothing (John 15:5).

As Gideon, we lay our fleece before You with regard to
  __________________ .  Thank You, Father, for your infinite unfailing love for us.

In Your precious, holy name we pray.


 AMEN.

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