17 Why, Lord, do you make us wander from your ways
and harden our hearts so we do not revere you?
Return for the sake of your servants,
the tribes that are your inheritance. ~ Isaiah 63:17(NIV)
Oh, that you would rend the heavens and come down,
that the mountains would tremble before you!
2 As when fire sets twigs ablaze
and causes water to boil,
come down to make your name known to your enemies
and cause the nations to quake before you! ~ Isaiah 64:1-2 (NIV)
I never thought about it like this:
Why do You, Lord, MAKE us wander from Your ways…
Removing prayer from schools
Removing Your name from our lips
Removing the 10 commandments from public buildings
Enacting laws that defy the Word of the Supreme God
And harden our hearts so we don’t revere you? Oh, Father, we need You. Today.
if my people, who are called by my name, will humble themselves and pray and seek my face and turn from their wicked ways, then I will hear from heaven, and I will forgive their sin and will heal their land. ~ 2 Chronicles 7:14(NIV)
Return, Father. I call Your Name HOLY. I pray before you, humbled, seeking Your face as I turn from my own wickedness.
Rend the Heavens and come down, Lord.
Let Your mountains tremble before You, Father…
To make Your Name KNOWN.
I praise You, Father, and I pray Your holy will is done, here on earth as it is in Heaven.
5 “And when you pray, do not be like the hypocrites, for they love to pray standing in the synagogues and on the street corners to be seen by others. Truly I tell you, they have received their reward in full. 6 But when you pray, go into your room, close the door and pray to your Father, who is unseen. Then your Father, who sees what is done in secret, will reward you. 7 And when you pray, do not keep on babbling like pagans, for they think they will be heard because of their many words. 8 Do not be like them, for your Father knows what you need before you ask him.
9 “This, then, is how you should pray:
“‘Our Father in heaven,
hallowed be your name,
10 your kingdom come,
your will be done,
on earth as it is in heaven.
11 Give us today our daily bread.
12 And forgive us our debts,
as we also have forgiven our debtors.
13 And lead us not into temptation,
but deliver us from the evil one.’
14 For if you forgive other people when they sin against you, your heavenly Father will also forgive you. 15 But if you do not forgive others their sins, your Father will not forgive your sins. Matthew 6:5-15 (NIV)
Safe. Forgiven. Loved. Delivered from the evil one…
In Jesus name. Amen