Responding to God’s Perpetual Invitation to His Banquet of Grace: Praying through Isaiah 55:1-3 (NLT)

1 Is anyone thirsty? Come and drink—even if you have no money! Come, take your choice of wine or milk—it’s all free!

Dear heavenly Father, I should remember this great gospel invitation at least three times a day—breakfast, lunch, and suppertime, for I need your grace all day long. Thank you for being so dialed into our needs, and so generous with your provision. Indeed, through Jesus, you give us choice nourishment. There’s nothing “fast-food” or “leftover” at the table of your hospitality. And it’s all free—free to us, that is, for it cost you the price of your Son.

2 Why spend your money on food that does not give you strength? Why pay for food that does you no good?

I don’t take these two questions lightly, Father. Why, in view of a free banquet of grace do I still, at times, prefer to “pay my way” for things more akin to a “sugar rush”? That’s probably the point and issue. Sometimes I foolishly want instant gratification over good nourishment, a buzz over beauty, a quick “high” over growth in grace. Free me from me, Lord.

Listen to me, and you will eat what is good. You will enjoy the finest food. 3 ”Come to me with your ears wide open. Listen, and you will find life.

As this day begins, and continues, I will seek to listen to your beckoning, liberating, soul-satisfying voice, Father. By the Holy Spirit, may your voice be louder than every other “food truck” offering me goods that will cost me more than I can afford.

I will make an everlasting covenant with you. I will give you all the unfailing love I promised to David.

Father, all I need in life is your unfailing love for me in Jesus, plus what you sovereignly decree. I praise, bless, and adore you for the everlasting covenant you established between yourself and your people. The gospel is true. The gospel is good. The gospel is everything. Hallelujah, what a Savior we have in Jesus! Hallelujah, what a salvation! So very Amen I pray, in Jesus’ near and satisfying name.