Prayer Focus: Ireland

Bible Reading: Isaiah 31-35

Scripture

Strengthen the feeble hands,
steady the knees that give way;
say to those with fearful hearts,
“Be strong, do not fear;
your God will come,
he will come with vengeance;
with divine retribution
he will come to save you.” (Isaiah 35:3-4)

Observation

Isaiah—and much of the prophets—is so discouraging. It is terrifying, at times. In places it is downright depressing. In the midst of prophetic warnings, even short passages such as this one are encouraging. They are filled with hope. They are vital reminders that those who follow the LORD will eventually receive the blessings and rewards that come from Him. Our God will come.

Application

I often get impatient waiting for the LORD to answer my prayers, demonstrate His power, and most of all, return! Even those these verses were not written to me, they remind me that the story is not finished. He is not asleep. The best is yet to come.

Prayer

LORD, in the now and the not yet, this time between Your first and second visits to our planet, I confess that I am eager for Your arrival. I get impatient when I have to wait for divine invasions into my world. I long to see clear evidence of Your presence. You are worth the wait. Even so, come quickly, LORD Jesus. Maranatha!

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