INITIATIVE

Key Verse

  • There is no one who calls on Your name, Who stirs himself to take hold of You; For You have hidden Your face from us And have surrendered us to the power of our wrongdoings. Isaiah 64:7 NASB

Other versions

  • There is no one who calls on Your name, Who awakens and causes himself to take hold of You; For You have hidden Your face from us And have handed us over to the [consuming and destructive] power of our wickedness [our sin, our injustice, our wrongdoing]. Isaiah 64:7 AMP

Examples of those who took initiative

  • Jabez: Jabez cried out to the God of Israel, saying, “Oh that You would indeed bless me and enlarge my border [property], and that Your hand would be with me, and You would keep me from evil so that it does not hurt me!” And God granted his request. 1 Chronicles 4:10 AMP
  • Deborah: “The villagers ceased to be; they ceased in Israel Until I, Deborah, arose, Until I arose, a mother in Israel. Judges 5:7 AMP
  • Daniel: In the first year of Darius son of Xerxes, a Mede by descent, who was made ruler over the kingdom of the Chaldeans — in the first year of his reign, I, Daniel, understood from the sacred books, according to the word of the LORD to Jeremiah the prophet, that the desolation of Jerusalem would last seventy years. So I turned my attention to the Lord God to seek Him by prayer and petition, with fasting, sackcloth, and ashesDaniel 9:1-3 BSB
  • Elijah: Elijah was a man with a nature like ours [with the same physical, mental, and spiritual limitations and shortcomings], and he prayed intensely for it not to rain, and it did not rain on the earth for three years and six months. Then he prayed again, and the sky gave rain and the land produced its crops [as usual]. James 5:17-18 AMP
  • Shunammite woman: Now when she came to the man of God at the hill, she caught him by the feet, but Gehazi came near to push her away. But the man of God said, “Let her alone; for her soul is in deep distress, and the LORD has hidden it from me, and has not told me.”…The mother of the boy said, “As surely as the LORD lives and you yourself live, I will not leave you.” So he got up and followed her2 Kings 4:27 NKJV & 4:30 NASB
  • JacobHe said, “Let Me go, for the day breaks.”But he said, “I will not let You go unless You bless me!” Genesis 32:26 NKJV
  • Nimrod: Cush begot Nimrod; he began1 to be a mighty one on the earth. Genesis 10:8 BSB
Other versions
 
  • Life in the villages ceased; it ended in Israel, until I, Deborah, arose, a mother in Israel.  Judges 5:7 BSB

Read: Pray with Tenacity

Footnotes

  1. 2490 חלל [châlal] \khaw-lal'\ A primitive root (compare 2470); properly to {bore} that {is} (by implication) to {wound} to dissolve; figuratively to profane (a {person} place or {thing}) to break (one´ s {word}) to begin (as if by an opening-wedge); denominatively (from 2485) to play (the flute): - begin (X men {began}) {defile} X {break} {defile} X eat (as common {things}) X {first} X gather the grape {thereof} X take {inheritance} {pipe} player on {instruments} {pollute} (cast as) profane ({self}) {prostitute} slay ({slain}) {sorrow} {stain} wound.