Yet, O LORD, you are our Father. We are the clay, you are the potter; we are all the work of your hand. Isaiah 64:8
Aware now of the horrendous consequences of their rebellion against God, the people of Judah called upon their covenant relationship with God as their Father. In prayer, they reminded Him that they still looked to Him as Father, and as such, asked for mercy from His hand. With the same principle, but a different image, they affirmed their dependence upon Him. They were so completely willing to be shaped and molded by God, that they said, “We are clay in the hands of the master potter.”
Just as the people of Judah did, we still refer to our Father as the Potter and ourselves as the clay. The clay does not tell the potter what to do, but simply submits to the creative and powerful hands that work it. Praying for revival today, we humbly come to our Father, the Potter, and place ourselves in His loving hands to shape us into what He desires us to become.
Lord, we rejoice that through Jesus, You have become our Father. We ask You, Father, as the great Master Potter, to shape us as You desire. We are moldable clay in Your hands. Do Your creative work in us and through us for the sake of Your Name and Your glory.
–Adapted from HeartCry for Revival devotional 2011 by David Butts, author of Asleep in the Land of Nod. This resource is available at prayershop.org. Use the code CONPSP3 at checkout to receive an additional 10% discount on the book.
Praise God as the one who will soon crush Satan under your feet (Rom. 16:20). Thank him for revealing the mysteries of his salvation to you (16:25-27). Asking God to show you your sin, confess any ways in which you have been involved in causing divisions in Christ’s people or have put up obstacles that impeded the spread of his Word (16:17-18). Commit yourself to being “wise about what is good, and innocent about what is evil” (16:19).
Pray for workers to go into the harvest fields of the world. Ask God to prompt his people to abundant contributions of finances, prayer, and encouragement to send these missionaries.
–Prayer Points taken from Patterns for Prayer by Alvin VanderGriend.