Lord God, We read here how you directed Ezekiel to a place where you met with him and spoke with him. I pray in a similar way that your hand will be on ______________________ and me, and that you will lead us to a place where you will speak to us. May we see your glory in that place, as Ezekiel did, a glory so great that it would cause us to fall facedown before you. May your Spirit come in to us today and fill us for what you have for us, and may your hand of blessing and strength rest upon us. You shut Ezekiel up in his house and bound him with ropes so that he could not go out among the people until you released him when the time was right. We need you to guide us in the same way. We know that there may be those around us who need to hear a word of exhortation or rebuke from us, but we do not want to speak when we should be silent nor be silent when we should speak. And so I pray that you will restrain us, and even cause our tongue to stick to the roof of our mouths so that we may be silent and unable to rebuke until the time of your choosing has come. And then, when the time is right, I pray that you will speak to us and open our mouths that we may speak to others the words you have put in our mouths. I pray that when we speak, we will speak only the words that you have given to us so that if they refuse to listen to us it will only be because they have first refused to listen to you. Grant us word pictures to set before others that will enable them to visualize your truth. May we entrust their responses to you, knowing that he who will hear will hear and he who refuses to hear will refuse. Lord, we freely confess that as a nation we have rejected you. We have rebelled against your rules and have not walked in your statutes. We are a rebellious house. Even though we know better, we have done more wickedness and become more turbulent than the nations around us. We acknowledge that we deserve judgment at your hand for our many abominations, and that you may rightly withdraw your presence from us, and make us a desolation and an object of reproach in the sight of all who see us. I pray that you will raise up spiritual leaders like Ezekiel in our own day. May your hand be upon them. Please meet with them and show them your glory and give them your words. Open their mouths that they may speak to us in your name. Grant us ears to hear and a spirit of repentance that we may receive mercy from you and not the judgment we deserve. In Jesus’ name I ask these things, amen.