Today’s #gentlyGodguides reading from Isaiah 58:7-12 soaked into my soul for many reasons. The entire chapter is so rich I could meditate and elaborate on it for hours. Seriously. But this excerpt resonated especially with me this morning
7 Is it not to share your bread with the hungry,
to bring the poor and homeless into your house,
to clothe the naked when you see him,
and not to ignore your own flesh and blood?
8 Then your light will appear like the dawn,
and your recovery will come quickly.
Your righteousness will go before you,
and the Lord’s glory will be your rear guard.
9 At that time, when you call, the Lord will answer;
when you cry out, He will say, ‘Here I am.’
If you get rid of the yoke among you,
the finger-pointing and malicious speaking,
10 and if you offer yourself to the hungry,
and satisfy the afflicted one,
then your light will shine in the darkness,
and your night will be like noonday.
11 The Lord will always lead you,
satisfy you in a parched land,
and strengthen your bones.
You will be like a watered garden
and like a spring whose waters never run dry.
12 Some of you will rebuild the ancient ruins;
you will restore the foundations laid long ago;
you will be called the repairer of broken walls,
the restorer of streets where people live.
To share with you a little of what the Lord whispered to my heart this morning, I wrote out a prayer for the desert. You know that place in your life where everything seems dry, barren, and draining every last drop of energy you have?
Maybe the emotional corner that oozes nothing but negative thoughts is your “parched land.” You want God to lead you out of the desert, but you’re not sure which way is out.
Oh, how He longs to lead you. Satisfy you. Strengthen your bones.
A Prayer for the Desert
Today I’m choosing
To break the chains of darkness.
To loosen the ropes of burdens I don’t have to carry.
To embrace freedom in Jesus Christ.
God, I’m asking for your guidance.
How I need your light to show me the way.
I need your righteousness to go before me.
I need your glory to protect my back.
Only You can satisfy in a dry desert land.
Only You can provide the strength I need.
Would you show me where you want me to serve?
Make me a spring that never runs dry.
Give me the wisdom to rebuild and restore
That I might be called your servant-
The repairer of broken walls.
Whew. I don’t even know what else to say after that. I pray these words touch your soul today and you realize that God’s Word gently guides us to take one more step, even in the desert.