Isaiah

Old Testament Reference

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Lord of the Beginning and the End

I pray confidently to You because You have full knowledge of all truth. In Isaiah 59 You describe an America who has lost her way.

We look for light, but all is darkness; we walk in deep shadows. We grope along the wall like people without eyes. Today I acknowledge our iniquities: rebellion and treachery. We have turned our backs on you, inciting revolt and oppression, uttering the lies our hearts have conceived. Righteousness stands at a distance. Honesty cannot enter. Truth is nowhere to be found. Whoever shuns evil becomes its prey. Lord, I know You are displeased…where is the one willing to stand in the gap?

I stand before you willing to serve…please give me the courage and the integrity to represent You to my lost community.

AMEN

Scripture: Taken from Isaiah 59:1-16

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Lord of the beginning and the End

It is easy to pray to You because You have demonstrated in Your word perfect knowledge of all things. In Isaiah 59 You describe America today perfectly”

Our streets run red with blood. Our hands are stained with blood. Our lips have spoken falsely. No one pleads his case with integrity. We rely on empty arguments and lies. We do not know the way of peace; there is no justice in our paths. These paths have turned into crooked roads. No one who walks them will know peace. Justice is mocked.

Surely your arm is not too short to save, nor your ear too dull to hear. There is no way forward, except by your light. Father, I cry out for Your help…preserve Your children in this evil day.

AMEN

Scripture: taken from Isaiah 59:1-16

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Sustainer of my Strength

Sometimes…too often…I falter in my commitment to Your call on my life.

I know the things You expect of me as Your child but too quickly I can grow weary in the battle…it is easy to get overwhelmed by the daily news…the pain evil is causing…the hopelessness of those lost in the darkness.

Hear my cry and restore my strength.  Teach me again how to prioritize my efforts.  Show me the important places to use my time…to give my resources…to deploy the skills You’ve given me. More importantly, daily restore my vision to see with Your eyes.  Help me love with Your heart.  Strengthen me in the battle against the enemies of Your salvation.

Every day…with a smile and good cheer…encourage me to stand in the gap for lost in America.

AMEN

Scripture: “But those who trust in the LORD will find new strength. They will soar high on wings like eagles. They will run and not grow weary. They will walk and not faint.” Isaiah 40:31

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Dispenser of Perfect Justice

You asked, what more could I do for America? Why has her sweet nectar become sour fruit?

I will judge her arrogance. I will tear down her walls. I will command the clouds to withhold the rain.

I looked for justice; I saw bloodshed.

Woe to him who is…

…Calling evil good and good evil.

…Being wise in his own eyes.

…Championing chugging beer and drinking wine.

…Acquitting the guilty for a bribe.

…Depriving the innocent of justice.

…Despising the word of God.

America has disregarded the Lord’s blessing and failed to see His work in her success.  The anger of the Lord burns against us.  Hell’s jaws will open and consume us.

The Lord’s justice will prevail. Holy Spirit, sweep across America…change our hearts before it’s too late.

AMEN

Scripture: Today’s prayer is a paraphrase from Isaiah 5:1-24 written for contemporary America.

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Protector of the Vulnerable

You have challenged Your followers to be defenders of the weak, vulnerable, and innocent among us.

Our daily news stories declare that America, once a safe haven for the vulnerable…“Give me your tired, your poor, your huddled masses yearning to be free.”…is now among the world leaders in the exploitation of immigrant children and sex and drug trafficking for profit. What was once “a gleaming city on the hill…” has become a cesspool of human degradation with a willfully blind bureaucracy complicit in the outrage.

Lord, if there is no longer an America the beautiful, the world has lost its moorings completely and the enemy will destroy the most helpless and hopeless among us…for their sake, awaken us from our slumber and empower Your people to make a difference.

AMEN

Scripture:  “Human pride will be humbled, and human arrogance will be brought down. Only the LORD will be exalted on that day of judgment.” Isaiah 1:17

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Creator of Man and Woman

I weep often over today’s America. As the crowning perfection of Your creation, You created man and woman and said it was “very good”. Many of America’s sophisticated elites…those well educated in the ways of man…have declared You are wrong.

You have made mistakes leaving men and women trapped in the wrong bodies. They declare that mankind in its infinite wisdom can repair Your mistakes by brutally preforming child mutilation surgeries and injecting these children with harmful pharmaceuticals…damaging them for life. This evil is gaining traction in our culture. Without effective opposition they will redesign the human race in the image of Lucifer.

Help! Help! Help! This darkness is destroying innocent lives in the name of humane “science”. Without Your strong intervention we are lost.

AMEN

Scripture: “Human pride will be humbled, and human arrogance will be brought down. Only the LORD will be exalted on that day of judgment.” Isaiah 2:17

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Sacrificial Lamb

I know what it means to fail so badly there is no recovery…but I’ve learned I cannot fail so badly rescue is impossible. Christ is my sacrificial lamb and He taught me help is only a whispered prayer away. I am eternally secure not by my merit…but by the promise that God made at Golgotha.

On a Friday much like today, The Son of God took my place, was mocked, scourged and executed for me. Although this brutal mistreatment cannot ever be considered fair or just, this day is remembered as “Good Friday” because Christ’s sacrifice is good news for all mankind…all who asked for Christ’s help have their sin debt paid.

Lord, only You think I’m worth the price You paid…”Thank You”.

AMEN

Scripture: “He was wounded and crushed because of (my) sins; by taking (my) punishment He has made (me) completely well. Isaiah 53:5

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Supreme Judge

You established an immutable standard of justice. While the consequences of violating Your boundaries are not always immediate; they are always certain.

In America today we mock Your guidance as foolish and prudish. We call Your standards of right and wrong punitive or immoral, unworthy of concern. We have turned Your order upside down and the visible results everywhere fails to convince us of our utter foolishness. To drink and drug ourselves into oblivion…to treat others with contempt…to see
sex as means of self gratification…abandon the weak and vulnerable…all this and much more is celebrated in our debased culture.

To turn to Your standards and respect Your authority once again in our lives is our only hope of avoiding the terrible consequences of our poor choices.

AMEN

Scripture: “What sorrow for those who say that evil is good and good is evil, that dark is light and light is dark, that bitter is sweet and sweet is bitter.
What sorrow for those who are wise in their own eye and think themselves so clever.” Isaiah 5:20-21

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God above all gods

To know You personally…to see You meet all my needs…to experience Your presence and power, it is impossible for me to believe anyone would reject You for another god.

Yet, in America today, fewer and fewer of us are acknowledging You as Creator and King. While we stumble around lost, we curse the darkness but reject the light. We seek every solution to our pain and dysfunction except You. Is America so proud, so self-sufficient we would rather exist in our deceptions than acknowledge a higher moral authority? Are we unable to submit our will to any authority beyond our power to understand and control?

We need You but stubbornly resist. Please humble us…me first…that America might receive Your blessing again. There is no god but Jehovah, God!

AMEN

Scripture: “So human pride will be brought low, and the loftiness of men will be humbled; the LORD alone will be exalted on that day.” Isaiah 2:18

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Giver and Sustainer of Life

America is incredulous when even just a few of us unite in unending praise and worship of Your mighty name. They are disbelieving and do all within the power of darkness to silence Your message of forgiveness and rescue.

But the empowering and sustaining force of Your Spirit will not be silenced. Your love overcomes, Your grace is beyond measure, You alone reign throughout the universe…evil is no match!

Please preserve and protect me…and teach me how to lift my voice in unison with Your children so that together we might overcome the evil and darkness with the brilliant light of Your truth and Your love. Your Spirit has sparked the flames of truth within me, let nothing the enemy can bring against me prevail.

AMEN

Scripture: “Behold, I have created the craftsman who fans the coals into flame and forges a weapon fit for its task…(and) no weapon that is fashioned against you shall succeed,…” Isaiah 57:16a,17a

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