Prophetic Word for Intercessors: Get Your Hopes Up!
Last night in prayer my heart was overwhelmed. I felt led by the Lord to pray for the Intercessors so I asked Him how I could pray for you all. He responded, “Pray for a revival of hope.”
In full disclosure, I have been facing serious family issues that have left me feeling despair at times, but this was different. This was a burden for you. Many of you have felt as I have. Many of you feel spiritually exhausted. Some of you have been overwhelmed by bad reports, fear for the future of this nation, and for your families. Some of you feel like you are on the brink of giving up.
Hope deferred makes the heart sick, but when the desire is fulfilled, it is a tree of life. (Prv 13:12)
Praying, believing, and waiting on the Lord is hard, especially when we have waited long and see no answers. Days become weeks, months, and years and we begin to doubt what God has promised us. Our hearts can grow sick waiting. But when we see the answer to those prayers come to fruition, it’s like a tree that flourishes.
A Lesson in Hope: The Shunammite
While seeking God, I asked for a scripture to back up this word and He reminded me about the Shunammite woman. You can read her full story in 2 Kings 4:8-36.
This woman was older in age and she and her husband were unable to have children. She opened her home and made a special room for Elisha to stay when he was passing through her area. Her hospitality caught the prophet’s attention. Elisha calls for her and prophesies that within a year she will have a son. She responds, “Oh man of God don’t deceive me and get my hopes up like that.”
But sure enough she not only conceives, a year later she had a son just as she was promised.
This Shunammite woman had a serious case of hope deferred. When the prophet promised her a son, she asked him not to lie and not to get her hopes up. Years of hoping for something that never happened had caused her to doubt. She didn’t even believe this word to be true, and yet she still received it. That is because God’s promises aren’t based on our performance. They are based on His character. He is faithful. He is merciful. He is long-suffering. He is good.
When our hope is deferred, it means our gaze has been fixed on our changing circumstances, rather than our unchanging God..
The Shunammite’s Revival of Hope
Some time later, the Shunammite’s son suffers head trauma while working with his father and he dies. As he is carried home, the mother lays him on the prophet’s bed and goes out to find the man of God who promised her this child. People approach her to ask if she is okay and she replies, “It is well with my soul.” She finds Elisha and tells him what happened. Elisha returned and found a dead child on his bed. He shut the door and prayed to the Lord. The boy revived and opened his eyes.
If something needs revival, that necessarily means there is no life. This Shunammite displayed great faith. Her son was dead to everyone who saw, but she refused to give up hope. In the end, her son (the promise) was revived.
Have you ever felt like the Shunammite woman? Have you waited so long for your promise that you have begun to tread in unbelief? Have you felt like your promise is dead? Have you waited so long that you don’t even pray about it anymore with the same tenacity or passion?
While reading the Bible we see great examples of hope. You will rarely see hope flourish under the perfect circumstances without any delay, setbacks, or heartaches. People like the Shunammite, Abraham, Joseph, and David (just to name a few) thrived because their hope was in the Lord who is a generational promise keeper.
If you have been battling hope deferred, don’t give up – get back up. As long as we have Jesus, we will always have hope!
Will you pray this prayer in agreement with IFA?
I pray for every Intercessor in need of personal revival. I pray for every burdened heart to experience fresh encounters and times of repentance and refreshing as we enter your presence.
I pray that Your breath, God, Your precious Spirit, revive every weary Intercessor. Come, oh breath from the four winds, breathe into spiritually dead so they may live again. Let the dry bones live again. I pray that as you revive your people, hope will be renewed and lives restored. Bring a revival of hope!
In the same way you revived the Shunammite’s son and his eyes were opened, revive the spiritual vision of every Intercessor as we fix our eyes on You, not on bad reports or misinformation. Open our eyes to see You high and lifted up, seated in heavenly places. Remind us that we are seated with You in heavenly places too (Eph 2:6). I thank You, Lord, for Your faithfulness to me through it all. You promise me that as I wait on You my strength will be renewed (Is 40:31). I will run and not grow weary. I will walk and not faint. Despite what my circumstances look like, or how long I have prayed and waited, it doesn’t change who You are. You are the same yesterday, today, and forever. So I declare that it is well with my soul.
In Jesus’ name, Amen.
Strengthen tired hands, and encourage those with weak knees, say to those with fearful hearts, be strong and do not fear, I am coming to save you. (Is. 35:3,4)
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