Day 16 – Lord, Restore Me
“Lord, restore me, renew me, revive me, refresh me” are interrelated themes that express our need and desire for God’s continued work in us.
“Lord, restore me. Bring me back to my former relationship with you. Establish me once again with the closeness I used to feel with you.”
That’s what David expressed: “Restore to me the joy of your salvation” (Psalm 51:12). He messed up badly. But he remembered his salvation and longed to experience that same joy again.
“Lord, renew me. Make me new again on the inside. Rekindle my heart. Revitalize my confidence. Replenish my strength. Rejuvenate my soul.”
God’s promise is sure: “Those who hope in the LORD will renew their strength” (Isaiah 40:31). As we grow older, we are even assured that the Lord “will renew your life and sustain you in your old age” (Ruth 4:15).
“Lord, revive me. Breathe new life, new faith, new hope, new love in me. May what is fading in my passion for you and serving others be reinvigorated by your Spirit.”
The psalmist cried out to God with longing and in hope, “Will you not revive us again, that your people may rejoice in you?” (Psalm 85:6).
“Lord, refresh me. My body, mind, and spirit are sluggish, worn out, and weary. Freshen me with new energy, clear thinking, and a renewed motivation.”
God says, “I will refresh the weary and satisfy the faint” (Jeremiah 31:25).
Our church staff took a retreat day together yesterday. No agenda. No points of discussion. No vision casting.
The goal was to spend individual time alone with God. We brought our Bibles, spiritual journals, good books, worship music. Any agenda for the day was our own.
Later in the day we reconnected, talked about what we received from God, and prayed for one another.
Jesus told his disciples, “Come with me by yourselves to a quiet place and get some rest” (Mark 6:31). We were all restored, renewed, revived, refreshed, rested.
Seeking God in such ways, blessing always follows.
Prayer: “Restore us to yourself, LORD, that we may return; renew our days as of old” (Lamentations 5:21).
~ Pastor Dave