“O Jacob, how can you say the Lord does not see your troubles? O Israel, How can you say God ignores your rights?”
Personal note: Remember how Isaiah 40 began (v1)? “Comfort, comfort my people.” And midway through (v9), he says, “Your God is coming!” And just prior (v21) “Are you deaf to the words of God?” I shake my head and I bet Father does too. I can hear Him say, “When will My kids ever get it! I love them so much.”
Forgive us, Lord, when we doubt Your words. You are not man that You should lie. You do what You say and You keep Your promises. (Num 23:19)
We are so grateful that You watch over us. You see our tears, our challenges, and our disappointments. You test the righteous as well as the wicked. (Ps 11:4) Grant us favor, courage and stamina. We look to the reward of breakthrough You bring as we patiently endure with faith. (James 1:12)
Today, we ask Your help for those communities under duress right now in our nation: the fires in California, the destructive winds in Iowa, the wake of Hurricane Laura in Louisiana and the areas surrounding them, our cities inflamed with rioting and destruction. Protect those who rush to protect and save. Provide for those who are willing to help. Give divine wisdom to those who govern and administrate. We ask for miracles, signs and wonders where YOU get the glory.
Inspire us who have confidence and faith in You and Your word to share that confidence with others. Help us to lift their spirits and point them to You. Stir compassion in our hearts and Your prophetic voice in our spirits.
By faith, we cancel the voice of the liar and accuser and the voice of doubt and unbelief. Even as the world speaks of “cancel culture”, we can fight that battle too. We say, Spirit of God, speak! Let Wisdom and the Voice of Truth and Reason be heard all across our land, across the oceans, and across the nations. May the whole earth be filled with Your glory! Amen!!
“God sits above the circle of the earth. The people below seem like grasshoppers to him! He spreads out the heavens like a curtain and makes his tent from them.”
Personal note: I really spent some time on this verse. Prior verses have pointed to His creation and that no one or thing compares to Him and what/who He has created. But this verse brings to mind two things: 1) From a natural perspective, we probably do look like grasshoppers. 2) The curtain speaks to me of a barrier, a veil, something He can “hide” behind and His tent speaks to me of His tabernacle, His dwelling place. BUT! I also marvel like David that He has crowned us with glory and honor (Ps 8:4,), He knows my name (Ps 91:14), AND He removes the veil when we turn to Him (2 Cor 3:16).
We enthrone You on our praise today, Lord. There is no one on earth or in heaven like You. Great is Your name. You are worthy of all our praise.
Look down upon our beautiful world today with its blue oceans, high peaks, deserts, and green valleys. Outstretch Your mighty arm towards those fires in California and beyond. Guide the fire fighters, protect them and the land and property, and extinguish these destructive fires. Save lives!
Guide those in Iowa and surrounding areas that are trying to pull the pieces together after that derecho hit them. Reestablish power quickly to those areas that lack. Provide for the families and businesses that have to be rebuilt.
May Your gaze be upon our cities that have erupted in riots and anarchy. We call upon Your justice and mercy, for You are both. Condemn the lawlessness, convict the slow-to-act, give strength, wisdom and leadership to those who have Your rule in their hearts. Give them a platform to speak reason and rationality into the chaos.
Lord, remove the veil on our hearts first and then remove the veil on Your heavens. Holy Spirit, guide us into all truth.
We recognize that You have all authority and that you have delegated authority here on earth to Your Church, help us to walk with grace, with love, and with wisdom.
“To whom can you compare God? What image can you find to resemble him?”
Personal note: The answer is obviously 1) there is no comparison, and 2) no image on earth resembles Him. But I also felt a challenge in this question. My first thought was Genesis 1 where He created the universe, the earth and all living things, but I zeroed in on Genesis 1:26-28. Just as God is Creator and ruler over the universe, He created us in His image to rule over the animals and the earth itself. I then thought, “What in me resembles Him?” Have I been fruitful and multiplied in my life? Have I acted with the authority He’s given me? One of the companion verses was Ephesians 4:24 where we are exhorted to put on the new nature and be renewed in our minds for we are created to be like God in true righteousness and holiness. Food for thought.
Almighty God, I acknowledge how awesome in power and might You are. You are beautiful, merciful, and so so good. Receive my thanks and praise that there is no one higher than You!
Thank You for the skills You give to us to create. May our creations reflect You, honor You, and cause others to recognize Your image in us.
I repent of any area in my motivation, in my time, or the use of my talents towards things or activities that are wasteful and could bring dishonor to You or Your name. Cause Your Spirit to convict me when I step out of line.
Like the Psalmist says, give me an undivided heart so that no thing, no person, no situation, no personal property takes precedence over You. (Ps 86:11)
Holy Spirit, increase in our lives. Show us how to use what You’ve already given us in gifts and talents, but multiply them to bring You greater glory.
Jesus! Thank You that You made the way for us. We can boldly approach the throne of heaven and present these requests before the Lord. Help us to see from Your perspective and give voice on our earth to Your intercession before Father’s throne.
From our position in Your Kingdom we say EVERYTHING (our lives, our families, our cities, states and nation) are under Your feet and Your rule! (Eph 1:22)
“The nations of the world are worth nothing to him. In his eyes they count for less than nothing–mere emptiness and froth.”
Personal note: I had to remind myself that this chapter follows Hezekiah’s revelation of “his” royal treasuries to Babylon’s envoy after the Lord healed him and gave him 15 more years. Woe to any ruler or nation with such pride. This life and all we own will wither and fade, BUT, the treasure we retain is held deep in our hearts and spirits and will one day be laid at His feet. Today we see the nations in an uproar, our large cities are filthy and vile, and the spirit of control is rampant in this pandemic. AND YET! We believe the Kingdom of God and its rule and righteousness is alive and well AND increasing day by day.
Only You! Only YOU rule with righteousness and truth. Let the nations tremble before You. You are robed in majesty. Humble us, our government, and nation and from that place of repentance, hear our prayers. (Psalm 99:1, Psalm 93:1)
The day is approaching when You will again demonstrate Your power on this earth. All will see Your glory in signs and wonders. Many will turn back to You. Hasten the day, Lord! Release Your Spirit once again. Baptize us again, refresh us, renew us, strength us to stand and speak. (Micah 7:16, Acts 10:45)
Release Your revelation to us, show us mysteries in Your Word, give us dreams and visions, and with that the boldness to make decrees in Your name and activate heaven’s armies on our behalf. (Job 22:28, Eph 6:19)
We reject any twisting or turning of our foundational laws here in the United States. Tear down those that are against heaven and establish those that model Your wisdom. Give us Justices who proclaim Your justice.
We ask for blessing and favor on our nation–not for our sake–but for the sake of Your Gospel. You have called us to be a light to the world. Fight back the darkness that has creeped in and is now overtaking us. Ignite a holy fire in Your Bride. Make us jealous for You to the point that we fight with fervency and take back what’s Yours. Give us no rest until it’s done. (Matt 5:14, Is 62:6)
Anoint Your 5-fold ministries to call Your army to battle. Awaken them, anoint them with revelation and understanding, cause their shout to be heard throughout the nations. Give them a platform to mature the saints, awaken the sleeping ones, and bring a salvation message to those who live in the dark. (Eph 4:11)
“All the wood in Lebanon’s forests and all Lebanon’s animals would not be enough to make a burnt offering worthy of our God.”
Personal note: Why Lebanon’s forests and animals? I did a little digging. Lebanon is especially known for its cedar trees. Cedars are famous for their height, their ornamental shape, their fragrance and especially for strength. They are widely used in construction and furniture. In Lebanon the cedar is an important cultural statement of strength. It got me thinking that there really isn’t anything I have in the natural, but everything in my spirit that is a worthy offering for our God.
Lord, please accept the words of my mouth and the meditations of my heart as praise worthy of You. Cause my heart to sing a new song to you. (Psalm 19:14, Psalm 98:1)
Thank You, Jesus, that I can continually offer a sacrifice of praise — even when I am hurt, wounded, or battered by challenges. YOU are my peace in the storm. My eyes are set on You.
Your Word admonishes us to do what is right, love mercy, and walk humbly. Forgive us, Lord when we have acted contrary to this. Encourage us to be courageous, to uphold Your truth, and draw out Your goodness in others. (Micah 6:8)
Lord! Remove any bit of a King Saul-type nature in me. Give me grace to obey in the little things as well as the great. I acknowledge that to obey You is the greatest gift I can give You. (1 Sam 15:22)
Soften my heart, cleanse my thoughts, open my eyes and ears, awaken me to areas that displease Your Holiness. You will not despise a broken and contrite spirit. (Psalm 51)
Cause Your people to humble themselves to pray and seek Your face and ask forgiveness for our nation. A true repentant heart You will not deny. Break the back of this Corona Virus. Release Your healing virtue over our land. Cause our leaders to shake up and wake up to Your power and rule. Establish Your Kingdom in our hearts and from that place, ignite us to speak with clarity and power. May Your Kingdom come to our land, our cities, and our homes today that we might be a praise to You. (2 Chr 7:14)