I have a growing desire to see the Lord move powerfully among his people in our time. The more I read the bible and get to know the word of God, the more I want to see his face and feel his strength in my life. I have recently come to realise that although I have developed a good habit of daily bible study, I have yet to match that discipline with a good habit of regular prayer. Today’s passage is a perfectly timed expression in scripture of how I feel about the situation. The passage expresses the desire to see God reveal himself in great and mighty acts just like the examples we read about in scripture. It acknowledges that God works for those who wait for him, which I have come to understand means, specifically, those who wait in faithful expectation that he will hear and answer their prayers. The passage also recognises our terrible unworthiness and state of utter sinfulness. And still, even though we so clearly need salvation and mercy, no one calls on the name of the Lord to ask for it!
Isaiah 64:1-9 NLT
Oh, that you would burst from the heavens and come down! How the mountains would quake in your presence! As fire causes wood to burn and water to boil, your coming would make the nations tremble. Then your enemies would learn the reason for your fame! When you came down long ago, you did awesome deeds beyond our highest expectations. And oh, how the mountains quaked! For since the world began, no ear has heard and no eye has seen a God like you, who works for those who wait for him! You welcome those who gladly do good, who follow godly ways. But you have been very angry with us, for we are not godly. We are constant sinners; how can people like us be saved? We are all infected and impure with sin. When we display our righteous deeds, they are nothing but filthy rags. Like autumn leaves, we wither and fall, and our sins sweep us away like the wind. Yet no one calls on your name or pleads with you for mercy. Therefore, you have turned away from us and turned us over to our sins. And yet, O Lord, you are our Father. We are the clay, and you are the potter. We all are formed by your hand. Don’t be so angry with us, Lord. Please don’t remember our sins forever. Look at us, we pray, and see that we are all your people.
If we want the Lord to save the lost and build up the church – his bride, and if we want to see him extend his heavenly kingdom, then we must pray. My goal is to cry out to God in fervent prayer. I want to encourage those I know to join me in calling on the name of the Lord. I long to feel the presence of the Holy Spirit among us, working with real heavenly power to convict the hearts of all those who are seeking God.
Isaiah 62:6-65:25, Philippians 2:19-3:4, Psalms 73:1-28, Proverbs 24:13-14