“And I will pour out on the house of David and the inhabitants of Jerusalem a spirit of grace and supplication. They will look on me, the one they have pierced, and they will mourn for him as one mourns for an only child, and grieve bitterly for him as one grieves for a firstborn son.”
Here God encourages His people with the promise of deliverance and the peace and security that accompanies it. Zechariah has prophesied an outpouring of God’s Spirit, bringing a renewing of thoughts and forgiveness for sins. God has initiated this outpouring upon His people, who are in desperate need of a revival.
The Spirit of Revival
The Church has often found itself crying out to God for deliverance, receiving the same outpouring of the Spirit of grace and supplication, bringing a change of heart and forgiveness for sins, ushering in a much needed revival.
“A spirit of grace and supplication” The word spirit here is “rûach” indicating the moving of air, it also means “breath” or “wind.” In this passage the word is being used to indicate a supernatural empowerment, a moving of the Spirit imparting an enduement of power for transformation.
“Supplication” in this context carries the idea of a people pouring out their heart for God “to be gracious” and “to show favor.” This is an excellent picture of a supernatural visitation of grace in answer to believing prayer. “In the morning, LORD, you hear my voice; in the morning I lay my requests before you and wait expectantly” (Psalm 5:3).
A Supernatural Outpouring
The Spirit’s outpouring works within each person, reaching to the very seat of their emotions. By stirring their feelings and their passions, their willpower is motivated to take action. Their first action here is repentance to be realigned with God and His purpose.
This spirit of grace grants people a knowledge of their sin and the Spirit of prayer for an outpouring that brings forgiveness, so that “times of refreshing may come from the Lord…” (Acts 3:19).
How important is this supernatural help form God’s Spirit, enabling our spirit to pray as we should. We know from Paul’s writing that the Spirit helps us to pray in just this manner. “…the Spirit helps us in our weakness. We do not know what we ought to pray for, but the Spirit himself intercedes for us through wordless groans” (Romans 8:26).
Seek God for a mighty outpouring of His Spirit on your own life, your family, your Church. The Church needs His supernatural empowerment, teaching, and guidance. He is sent to help you in prayer, bringing a revival, and dispensing grace for the welfare of the cities.
Ask for a fresh outpouring of His Spirit of grace and supplication, and do not stop until you receive it. Pray for the Spirit’s leading. Renew an intimate relationship with God and be realigned with His purpose. Be filled with the Spirit and turn away from those things that offend Him, that “times of refreshing may come from the Lord,” and you’ll Be Encouraged! – JSP