Our Father Is Speaking to Us. Let’s Listen


“Come, all you who are thirsty, come to the waters; and you who have no money, come, buy and eat!

Come, buy wine and milk without money and without cost. Why spend money on what is not bread, and your labor on what does not satisfy? Listen, listen to me, and eat what is good, and you will delight in the richest of fare. Give ear and come to me; listen, that you may live.” Isa. 55:1-3 (NIV)

     Heavenly Father, we love everything about this passage, but the main thing that stands out is your passion for being heard. You always address us as your children, and always speak to us for our good. Thank you. So many voices clamor for our attention and trust. May yours rise above all. If not to you, to whom do we give ear?

Our culture is constantly lying to us about everything—what we must have, what we must look like, what we must be, what we must own. By the truth of your Word, the grace of the gospel, and the power of the Spirit, drown out all the nonsense. Help us really believe all we need is Jesus, plus what you choose to give us.

Father, cut through the lingering voice of our guilt and shame. Sometimes the “what if’s” and “if only’s” of our past grab the microphone. Vain regrets and the condemning voice of Satan are always waging war against the good news of the gospel. Shout these words to us daily, “There is now NO condemnation for those who are in Christ.” Hallelujah!

May your voice be more compelling to us than our fears—fears about death and pain, relationships and the future. May your love for us in Jesus drive out our fears. And free us from our own faithless monologues. Sometimes what we call prayer is really just us talking to ourselves. That never ends us well.

Father, on this Saturday in October, we rest in your love, surrender to your sovereignty, and anticipate your faithfulness. We’re so glad we can. So very Amen we pray, in Jesus’ loving and strong name.

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