Day 20 of the 30 Days of Prayer – Breaking Up Our Fallow Ground

Posted: Oct 19, 2020

Sow for yourselves righteousness;
reap steadfast love;
break up your fallow ground,
for it is the time to seek the Lord,
that he may come and rain righteousness upon you.
Hosea 10:12

Today we will ask the Lord to break up the fallow ground, that is, the hard places in our heart. We can’t see our heart with the same clarity God can. There have been many instances when the Lord shined His light in the inner chambers of my heart and exposed things I hadn’t been aware of… pride, resentment, selfishness— and wounds. Unresolved hurts can scar over and harden. It’s a beautiful blessing when God comes and convicts, softens and heals. We need this desperately so we can have more of Him and His passion and love.

Without a soft and tender heart, prayer can be more of a religious exercise than that which flows from the Holy Spirit. Fervent, God-fired prayer comes from the heart; those who pray from their head are liable to turn it into a Pharisaic mini-sermon.

Do you have the courage to ask God to break up the hard places in your heart, even if it means painful conviction? The good news is that the Lord is gentle when He convicts; His purpose is healing and restoration, not condemnation.

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