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Prayer with Purpose (Psalm 119:88)

Revive me according to Your lovingkindness, so that I may keep the testimony of Your mouth. Psalm 119:88
  Have you ever been in the midst of circumstances when you just wanted relief? Your prayer was quite simple, “God please take this trial away!”   Living in a sinful world presents many challenges. They can range from health issues to employment problems to family conflict as well as the daily battle with spiritual warfare. It is very easy to become spiritually disoriented.   If you are a Bible-believing Christian, you must believe in the sovereignty of God. He is intentional in all He does, and He always has the power to accomplish His purposes. This means that the circumstances you face are intended to accomplish God’s divine purposes. Even if those circumstances occur because of wicked people.   The psalmist continues to face extreme opposition. In the midst of the opposition he stands firm on the fact that God’s love is unwavering. He never has to be concerned with God becoming disinterested, or that His love might diminish.   It is God’s love that the psalmist counts on to revive him. It will refresh his soul and strengthen his heart to walk in obedience to the Lord in the midst of his circumstances. In fact, the psalmist prays for revival for this very purpose, that he might continue to walk in obedience to the word of God.   Believers can easily become so engrossed in their circumstances that they fail to see the spiritual opportunities that God brings their way because of their challenges. Since we know that God is intentional, we must pray as the psalmist. Pray that God will revive us in His steadfast love so that we will continue to be obedient to His word. Always remember that circumstances, whether easy or difficult, provide opportunities for ministry.  
We are all going to face trials. How much better to walk through them in a way that honors the Lord so that we bear fruit in every good work (Colossians 1:10).

Rocky Wyatt

Rocky Wyatt came to know the Lord as a young teenager and began working in youth ministry when in college. After serving in churches in Utah, California and Colorado, Rocky moved to Texas to serve as Youth Pastor at Countryside Bible Church. He served there for 26 years where he eventually moved from youth ministry to serve as an Associate Pastor.

Over the course of his ministry, Rocky has always had a desire to train men for pastoral ministry in the context of the local church. In 1992 he started XL Ministries, an organization that is committed to helping churches establish intensive internships for pastoral training. In 2020 he left his position at Countryside Bible Church to become the Executive Director of XL Ministries and now works full time assisting churches in training men for ministry.

He is co-author of The Youth Ministry Training Manual, a textbook for training youth pastors, and has also written multiple other resources for use in various local church ministries. He is currently working on a book to encourage churches to take the primary responsibility to train pastors.

Rocky is married to Pamela, has two sons and daughters-in-law, and ten grandchildren. 

Therefore, my beloved brethren, be steadfast, immovable, always abounding in the work of the Lord, knowing that your toil is not in vain in the Lord.1 Corinthians 15:58