For the earth will be full of the knowledge of the Lord as the waters cover the sea. (Is. 11:9, NIV)
It’s Sunday, again—another mini-Easter, another opportunity to see the Big Picture of God working to restore all things. Ask the Holy Spirit to expand your heart to take in more of God’s glorious vision. Then read Isaiah 11 slowly, prayerfully, allowing your longings to mingle with His.
A shoot will come up from the stump of Jesse;
from his roots a Branch will bear fruit.
The Spirit of the LORD will rest on him—
the Spirit of wisdom and of understanding,
the Spirit of counsel and of power,
the Spirit of knowledge and of the fear of the LORD—
and he will delight in the fear of the LORD.
He will not judge by what he sees with his eyes,
or decide by what he hears with his ears;
but with righteousness he will judge the needy,
with justice he will give decisions for the poor of the earth.
He will strike the earth with the rod of his mouth;
with the breath of his lips he will slay the wicked.
Righteousness will be his belt
and faithfulness the sash around his waist.
The wolf will live with the lamb,
the leopard will lie down with the goat,
the calf and the lion and the yearling together;
and a little child will lead them.
The cow will feed with the bear,
their young will lie down together,
and the lion will eat straw like the ox.
The infant will play near the hole of the cobra,
and the young child put his hand into the viper’s nest.
They will neither harm nor destroy
on all my holy mountain,
for the earth will be full of the knowledge of the Lord
as the waters cover the sea.
What stood out to you in this passage? What grabbed your heart? What stirred longings in you? Focus on that word or phrase and turn it into a prayer.
For example, if the phrase “He will not judge by what he sees with his eyes,” stood out to you, you might pray like this: “God, You alone know hearts. You know where we’ve come from and where we’re headed and what has shaped us into the people we are and the people we are becoming. Thank You for seeing all of me—strengths, weaknesses, wounds, dreams, struggles, disappointments, all of it! Thank you for not judging me by externals. Please help me to see others the way You see me—with compassion and understanding, grace and acceptance. And in this way may Your Kingdom come. In the righteous and merciful name of Your Son, Jesus, Amen.”
Write down your prayer in your journal or in a place where you can easily refer back to it. Let it be your prayer today and in this coming week.