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“I will not be silent!”

Oct 5, 2015

by Ben Hayes

Isaiah 62:6 has to be one of the most powerful passages on prayer in the Bible. “I have set watchmen on your walls, O Jerusalem. They will never be silent day or night. You who call on the Lord give yourselves no rest, and give Him no rest until he establishes Jerusalem and makes her the praise of the earth.” Here the people of Israel are given an unrelenting call to seek God until His Kingdom comes. And this call to God’s people still rings 2,000 years later as we pray that God’s “Kingdom come and His will be done.”

When I read this passage, I’m moved by the magnitude of the call, but at the same time I struggle to find the will and endurance to seek God with this kind of passion. Where does the motivation come from to be so strongly committed? Undoubtedly we could say there are many places from which motivation for prayer can arise; thanksgiving, the greatness of God, the brokenness of our world, suffering…the list can go on. But I believe one of the most powerful motivations is found a few verses earlier in Is. 62:1. The LORD says, “For Zion’s sake I will not keep silent, for Jerusalem’s sake I will not remain quiet, till her righteousness shines out like the dawn, her salvation like a blazing torch.” Why are we called by God to a never-ceasing participation in seeking the reign of Christ more fully on earth? Because this is what God Himself longs to see. “I will not be silent…” HE says. The clearest action of God’s refusal to keep silent is surely in God becoming the Word, in Christ. And perhaps this is seen nowhere more “loudly” than in the “silence” of God on the cross. I hear Jesus saying, “Be passionate about this, because I AM.” God is un-relenting in His pursuit of people, in His desire to see lives healed and restored, people being formed more into the radiant image of Christ, and he calls us to the same. We are not crying to a judge who is stubborn and refuses to act until we persist long enough, but rather to a Father, our Father, who has moved toward us before we even began to call. Deep motivation for prayer begins to grow when we are more clearly able to see the joyful song of redemption God sings, and that we are called to sing the same tune because He sings it, until Jesus complete reign comes. And amazingly, God allows our cry to have some bearing on His will being done here on earth.

These two passages from Isaiah have been painted on opposite walls in our prayer room on the Namikango campus as reminder that we have been called to pray, but also the reason why we should do so. Due to the help of Samantha Wheeler and Taylor Castleberry (two of our recent interns) we now have a map of Malawi on the wall as well, with our village Bible school centers located in their districts. We had a local artist do the finishing touches, as well as painting a map of the world. This has been a renewed motivation for us to continue seeking God, not only for Malawi and Namikango’s work, but for God’s global Kingdom.

This is where God has been moving us, but we do not forget that your daily prayers for God’s global Kingdom are why we are even here praying in the first place.

Thank you so much for un-ceasing efforts to partner with us here. Blessings to you all.