A Daily Prayer based on Isaiah 26-27 for 7/4/2015

Lord God Almighty, I acknowledge your sovereignty over all nations, for you are a God who comes out of your dwelling to punish the people of the earth for their sins. You humble those who dwell on high, and lay the lofty city low. When your judgments come upon the earth, the people of the world learn righteousness. I glorify you this day as the God who has increased our nation and enlarged all the borders of our land. I pray that no other God but you will rule over us. May our nation be strong because you make your salvation our walls and our bulwarks. I ask you to ordain peace for us. May our nation be a righteous nation that keeps faith with you. I pray that we will worship you, and that your name and renown will be the desire of our hearts. Please make atonement for our guilt, and bring forth the full fruit of the removal of our sin, a pure worship of you. May no form of counterfeit spirituality remain standing in our land; may they instead crumble like chalkstones which have been crushed to pieces. I pray that we will be a people of discernment so that you may have compassion on us and show us your favor and not have to raise your hand against us. I pray that we as a people will show no favor to the wicked, in order that that they may learn righteousness and see your majesty. May those who have no regard for your majesty see your zeal for your people and be put to shame. Watch over us that we may become a fruitful vineyard that you water continually, and that you guard day and night so that no one may harm it. I pray that you will make ______________________ and me strong and cause your salvation to be the walls and ramparts around us. May we be steadfast in our trust in you. I ask you to keep us in perfect peace as our minds are stayed on you. May we trust in you forever and regard you as the Rock eternal. I pray that we will have regard for your majesty. I pray that you will make our way, the way of the righteous, smooth, and our path level. May we wait for you as we walk in the way of your truth. Remind us that all our effort apart from you gives birth to only to wind and accomplishes no deliverance in the earth. May your name and renown be the desire of our hearts. I pray that our souls will yearn for you in the night, and our spirits long for you in the morning. Show grace to us, and teach us righteousness. May we recognize that all that we have accomplished you have done for us. I pray that you will continue to enlarge and extend the borders of our influence, and gain glory for yourself through us. May each of us be like a fruitful vineyard that you watch over and water continually. Guard us day and night so that no one may harm us. I pray that in distress we will come to you for refuge and pour out whispered prayers to you when your discipline is upon us. May we take root, bud and blossom, and fill all the world with fruit. Please grant us understanding, have compassion on us as our Maker, and show favor to us as our Creator. We look forward to that day when your dead will live, their bodies rise, when those who dwell in the dust will wake up and shout for joy. This I ask in the name of the Lord Jesus Christ. Amen. Isaiah 26 A Song of Praise 1 In that day this song will be sung in the land of Judah: We have a strong city; God makes salvation its walls and ramparts. 2 Open the gates that the righteous nation may enter, the nation that keeps faith. 3 You will keep in perfect peace him whose mind is steadfast, because he trusts in you. 4 Trust in the LORD forever, for the LORD , the LORD , is the Rock eternal. 5 He humbles those who dwell on high, he lays the lofty city low; he levels it to the ground and casts it down to the dust. 6 Feet trample it down- the feet of the oppressed, the footsteps of the poor. 7 The path of the righteous is level; O upright One, you make the way of the righteous smooth. 8 Yes, LORD , walking in the way of your laws, we wait for you; your name and renown are the desire of our hearts. 9 My soul yearns for you in the night; in the morning my spirit longs for you. When your judgments come upon the earth, the people of the world learn righteousness. 10 Though grace is shown to the wicked, they do not learn righteousness; even in a land of uprightness they go on doing evil and regard not the majesty of the LORD . 11 O LORD , your hand is lifted high, but they do not see it. Let them see your zeal for your people and be put to shame; let the fire reserved for your enemies consume them. 12 LORD , you establish peace for us; all that we have accomplished you have done for us. 13 O LORD , our God, other lords besides you have ruled over us, but your name alone do we honor. 14 They are now dead, they live no more; those departed spirits do not rise. You punished them and brought them to ruin; you wiped out all memory of them. 15 You have enlarged the nation, O LORD ; you have enlarged the nation. You have gained glory for yourself; you have extended all the borders of the land. 16 LORD , they came to you in their distress; when you disciplined them, they could barely whisper a prayer. 17 As a woman with child and about to give birth writhes and cries out in her pain, so were we in your presence, O LORD . 18 We were with child, we writhed in pain, but we gave birth to wind. We have not brought salvation to the earth; we have not given birth to people of the world. 19 But your dead will live; their bodies will rise. You who dwell in the dust, wake up and shout for joy. Your dew is like the dew of the morning; the earth will give birth to her dead. 20 Go, my people, enter your rooms and shut the doors behind you; hide yourselves for a little while until his wrath has passed by. 21 See, the LORD is coming out of his dwelling to punish the people of the earth for their sins. The earth will disclose the blood shed upon her; she will conceal her slain no longer. Isaiah 27 Deliverance of Israel 1 In that day, the LORD will punish with his sword, his fierce, great and powerful sword, Leviathan the gliding serpent, Leviathan the coiling serpent; he will slay the monster of the sea. 2 In that day- "Sing about a fruitful vineyard: 3 I, the LORD , watch over it; I water it continually. I guard it day and night so that no one may harm it. 4 I am not angry. If only there were briers and thorns confronting me! I would march against them in battle; I would set them all on fire. 5 Or else let them come to me for refuge; let them make peace with me, yes, let them make peace with me." 6 In days to come Jacob will take root, Israel will bud and blossom and fill all the world with fruit. 7 Has the LORD struck her as he struck down those who struck her? Has she been killed as those were killed who killed her? 8 By warfare and exile you contend with her- with his fierce blast he drives her out, as on a day the east wind blows. 9 By this, then, will Jacob's guilt be atoned for, and this will be the full fruitage of the removal of his sin: When he makes all the altar stones to be like chalk stones crushed to pieces, no Asherah poles or incense altars will be left standing. 10 The fortified city stands desolate, an abandoned settlement, forsaken like the desert; there the calves graze, there they lie down; they strip its branches bare. 11 When its twigs are dry, they are broken off and women come and make fires with them. For this is a people without understanding; so their Maker has no compassion on them, and their Creator shows them no favor. 12 In that day the LORD will thresh from the flowing Euphrates to the Wadi of Egypt, and you, O Israelites, will be gathered up one by one. 13 And in that day a great trumpet will sound. Those who were perishing in Assyria and those who were exiled in Egypt will come and worship the LORD on the holy mountain in Jerusalem.

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About Bryan Fischer

 Bryan Fischer pastored for 25 years and served as the chaplain of the Idaho state senate before becoming a part of the AFA family.