“As you’ve promised”
Now there was a man in Jerusalem called Simeon, who was righteous and devout. He was waiting for the consolation of Israel, and the Holy Spirit was on him. It had been revealed to him by the Holy Spirit that he would not die before he had seen the Lord's Messiah. Moved by the Spirit, he went into the temple courts. When the parents brought in the child Jesus to do for him what the custom of the Law required, Simeon took him in his arms and praised God, saying: "Sovereign Lord, as you have promised, you may now dismiss your servant in peace. For my eyes have seen your salvation, which you have prepared in the sight of all nations; a light for revelation to the Gentiles, and the glory of your people Israel." Luke 2:25-32
Old folks are the “guardians of tradition” in Moroccan society in many ways. They are the respected leaders of households, and are expected (or assumed) to be pious and devout in Islam.
Yet, how many older men and women in Morocco are like Simeon, waiting to be fulfilled by God in a way that they’ve always longed for? How many are wanting assurance that their lives of devotion and piety have indeed pleased God?
We know that God has been pursuing hearts in this land since the very beginning. How many older men and women have already encountered the Holy Spirit throughout their lives, and are waiting to see Jesus “face to face?”
In this first week of Advent, let’s pray that there will be “Simeon encounters” in the cities, towns and villages of Morocco!
We lift up the elderly in Morocco –
- Holy Spirit, come and show them Jesus.
- Holy Spirit, move and guide their steps towards Jesus.
- In the powerful name of Jesus, we pray that every obstacle, hindrance, and lie that are stopping the elderly from the Kingdom of Light will be broken off
- May many praise you in their old age, saying, “… my eyes have seen your salvation…”
- May these “Simeon”-s and their entire households be transformed by this “light of revelation.”