Reading: Isaiah 36-38; Psalm 117
Father, may all nations praise you one day! May they hear of and know your love towards them. Send out workers into the fields. Those who would keep your Word from spreading in this country and others mock your name and lift themselves up. They seek to silence the witness of your people through fear, intimidation, and exclusion. But they will not succeed. Like Hezekiah, we should seek your counsel early and often when we face a decision. And we should appeal to your glory and your name – not our own. It is you, O Lord, who fights your people’s battles. May we remember that. May I remember that. Everything is under your control. You moved the sun just to confirm a prophecy for Hezekiah. Help me live with certainty that you are omnipotent and that you hold the world in the palm of your hand. O Lord, you have delivered me from the destruction I deserve! You have cast my sins behind your back and you remember them no more. I have been shown lavish grace. Let me show lavish grace in return.