Fast – Day 4 – Pray for us

Isaiah 6

In the year that King Uzziah died, I saw the Lord, high and exalted, seated on a throne; and the train of his robe filled the temple. 2 Above him were seraphim, each with six wings: With two wings they covered their faces, with two they covered their feet, and with two they were flying. 3 And they were calling to one another:

“Holy, holy, holy is the Lord Almighty;
    the whole earth is full of his glory.”

4 At the sound of their voices the doorposts and thresholds shook and the temple was filled with smoke.

5 “Woe to me!” I cried. “I am ruined! For I am a man of unclean lips, and I live among a people of unclean lips, and my eyes have seen the King, the Lord Almighty.”

6 Then one of the seraphim flew to me with a live coal in his hand, which he had taken with tongs from the altar. 7 With it he touched my mouth and said, “See, this has touched your lips; your guilt is taken away and your sin atoned for.”

8 Then I heard the voice of the Lord saying, “Whom shall I send? And who will go for us?”

And I said, “Here am I. Send me!”

As we’ve moved through the last few days, we’ve spent time in Psalm 24, being reminded that the earth is the Lords and everything in it, repenting of where we have failed to live in the righteousness that Jesus has given to us and repenting on behalf of the nation for where we have rejected God’s ways and then lifting up our heads to see what God wants to do, and with whom.

Yesterday we prayer walked in Kingston, declaring God’s goodness over the borough, the council, the university and the businesses.

Today we get to be the answer to our own prayers.

Isaiah has an encounter with God and in keeping with the Old testament, is terrified because no one can see God and live. However the angel atones for his sin, as Jesus has done for us, and he can approach God and stay alive. Then God asks the question who will go and Isaiah answers “send me”. That is our answer too. We are the answer to our own prayers.

We are God’s answer to the issues we’ve been praying into. Set free from sin by the blood of Jesus, filled with power by the Holy Spirit, we are God’s plan A, B & C. There is no one better than you coming to your home, your workplace, your place of study, your sports club. He believes he’s put exactly the right person there to reveal who he is to the other people there.

So lets pray for us today. Pray that we would have eyes to see the needs around us, courage to step into the gap, and love and wisdom to be Jesus hands and feet to a hurting world.

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