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I’m Doug Apple...and my heart is on fire! (Luke 24:32)
Here’s a prayer I’ve been praying lately, “Lord, let this land yield her increase.”
It’s based on Psalm 85:12 where it says, “The Lord shall give that which is good, and our land shall yield her increase.”
I think your “land” can be whatever God has given you, whatever opportunities you have. I think your job is your land. Your family is your land. Your business is your land. Your church is your land.
I think we can learn from Jesus’ Parable of the Talents that God gives us raw materials, or land if you will, and He is looking for an increase.
Of course we can work and work and work and work, but like it says in Psalm 127, unless the Lord builds the house, they labor in vain who build it.
Unless the Lord gives the increase, we labor in vain.
And so I pray, “Lord, let this land yield her increase.”
And then I got to thinking, “You know, that word ‘let,’ it’s kind of weak. It seems passive. “Lord ‘let’ this happen.” I don’t want Him to let it happen. I want Him to MAKE it happen!
So I was searching the Scriptures, looking for a way to beef up this prayer, to replace the word “let.”
And then I stumbled across Genesis chapter one, and what an eye opener. It really puts a new spin on this word “let.” I mean, when God says “let,” it’s not weak or passive.
Let there be light!
Let the dry land appear!
Let the earth bring forth plants!
Let lights appear in the sky!
Let the waters abound with living creatures and the skies be filled with birds!
Let the earth bring forth every sort of animal!
Check out this Hebrew word, Hayah. You find it in Genesis 1:3 translated “Let there be.” Hayah.
So this word “let” is pretty powerful after all, and well fitting for this prayer, which I encourage you to pray over all the “land” the Lord has given you: your business, your home, your marriage, your family, your career, your church, all your opportunities; over all of it you can pray this simple but powerful prayer.
“Lord, please let this land yield her increase.”
May God bless you, today.
With Apples of Gold...I’m Doug Apple.