I have never really paid too much attention to Simeon’s prophecy before (Luke 2:25-32), but this morning, it blew my mind, for a few reasons…
The Holy Spirit had told Simeon that he wouldn’t die until he had seen God’s Messiah. Scripture doesn’t say how old Simeon was, but that he was eagerly awaiting the Saviour of Israel
I love this man’s faithfulness and dedication to prayer, but it struck me funny that the first thing he prays when he holds Jesus as a baby, was that God would now let him die in peace – how long had he interceded for Israel? How many years had Simeon obediently gotten down on his knees, to pray for the coming King?
I also love that Simeon knew that Jesus was the Messiah. He didn’t need to wait to see Jesus die on the cross – he saw a baby, and spoke prophetically what was to come
Simeon prayed in that instant to go home to God because the man knew that this baby was the saviour of Israel
Friends, God is calling us to intercede, because prayer is the master key in unlocking breakthrough
Prayer is where the real battle begins and ends, and I want to encourage us this morning, that we need to be praying for the world, our countries, nations, cities, neighbourhoods, streets, our homes, friends and family members – start being specific!
Prophesy into being, by declaring breakthrough, wholeness, and restoration, that dry bones will awaken, the devil will flee, and Heavens Armies will come. Pray for God’s goodness, mercy, faithfulness, and peace. Pour your heart out for love, kindness, gentleness, obedience, and joy in our land. Pray for the earth as it is in Heaven and that Heaven will open its floodgates and invade our atmosphere – whatever it is that God puts on your heart – pray!
The other thing that I wanted to encourage us with is what Simeon did – prophesy.
Friends, people have made the prophetic weird, when Biblically, it is apart of the body of Christ.
We are called to ALL prophesy. To speak life and love into the hearts of God’s children, and beyond. Call out God’s goodness in people’s lives. Show people who God is. We are called to comfort, and to build up the church – Simeon spoke what God had shown him. He spoke to the life of Israel, and while we are not all called to be prophets – we can all bless another person by the words we speak
And remember, when we speak in Jesus’ name, we know it should come from a place of love