O God, See, Hear, and Save!

How do you respond to Satan’s lies and schemes? Today I want to look at the second prayer in our series on prayers from the Bible. Prayed at a desperate time, this prayer is a model that helps us to counteract the voice of the enemy. 

Tucked away in the chapters of Isaiah is a short but powerful prayer. Hezekiah, king of Judah, faced threats from a fierce enemy, King Sennacherib of Assyria, who planned to besiege Jerusalem. Hezekiah took a letter filled with the enemy’s threats to the temple of God, and spread the letter before Him—a perfect picture of faith and dependence on God. In the letter, the enemy boasted that he had conquered other nations and their gods hadn’t been able to save them (Isa 37:8-13). Earlier he had even said that the God of the Jews had sent him to destroy their land (Isa 36:10), which was a lie. Just like Hezekiah’s enemy tried to use lies to frighten him and the people, Satan uses lies against God’s children today to make us afraid. 

 

 

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God is Personal

If I know someone is looking for a book of the Bible to read in their quiet time, I suggest Psalms.

What I love the most about Psalms is that it showed me God is a personal God. He didn’t make all things and then leave us to fend for ourselves. He is real, He is involved in our lives, and He loves us with a deep, abiding love. Whatever David and the other psalmists needed, God was there for them—whether it was protection, mercy, wisdom, or justice. God cared about what they were going through and intervened on their behalf. He is a personal God, the one and only personal God. And He is still personal today. 

 

 

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Shine with Glory

I am really missing the sun. Every winter, I easily get the “gloomies.” I love to be outside, walking in the sunshine and listening to the birds sing. But in January, I am stuck inside, and my picture window reveals  gray clouds and straw-colored grass. But as I write this devotion, a smidge of sunlight is bursting through the clouds, as if to give hope. Thank You, God. There is always hope.

When we hear the evening news, watch our friends go through trials, or think about our own challenges, it’s easy to get the “gloomies.” Gray clouds dampen our joy and energy. But with God, there’s hope that the sun will shine again, that things can get better, and that we will have the grace to handle life’s challenges. It’s possible that our days can shine with glory because God is the One who is working in us and in our circumstances. When He works, miracles happen, and hearts are strengthened. Consider this quote from Beebe Kauffman’s book Isaiah: Setting Things Right.

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A Prayer for Wisdom and Knowledge

Once a month, I’m going to post on my blog a prayer from the Bible. I have five so far—one written by Paul, one spoken by Jesus, one said by a shepherd, one that was desperate, and even one that was inaudible. The prayers in Scripture are a model for us to know what to say to God and what to ask Him for. The first prayer is one of my favorites, found in Ephesians Chapter 1.  

 

 

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God at the Center: An Isaiah: Setting Things Right Excerpt

What is your life centered on? We center our lives around what we love. That’s why we need to be careful about what we love the most. If we’re centering our lives around the wrong thing or person, our lives can fall apart.

God is a good center of heart and life. If we love God first, what would life be like? Our lives would revolve around the one Person who makes things better, who satisfies our hearts (Psalm 107:9), and who gives us grace and strength to handle life’s problems. The One who plans good adventures and lasting memories, and who gives us an assignment to help others and the ability to carry it out. When we love God first, we concentrate our attention, zeal, strength, and affection on the One who loves us perfectly. We achieve the purpose for which He gave us life, and draw close to Someone whose fellowship and love satisfy our hearts. ...

 

 

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Anticipating the Future: Facing the New Year without Fear

 

Starting a new year can feel like you’re walking toward the edge of a precipice. You are thrilled to catch a glimpse of what’s beyond the cliff, but at the same time, you’re afraid of falling. Every new year makes me excited about what’s to come. I envision what I’ll be doing and what new adventures I’ll find. But then I start to wonder what scary things will be in the great “void,” in the great unknown. What trials or challenges. Then I remember who is with me and for me, and fear gives way to trust and peace.

 

 

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The Isaiah 9:6 Series

The beauty and significance of the names of Jesus in Isaiah 9:6 give us hope, strength, and courage. Because Jesus is Wonderful, our hearts can take comfort because He is good and will always do what is good. Because Jesus is our Counselor, we have Someone who will give us sound wisdom, right direction, and well-founded hope. Because Jesus is the Mighty God, we can depend on Him for strength that never fails and have courage to live for Him in this world because He is in control over all things. Because Jesus is the Everlasting Father, we can count on Him to always be there, to be eternal and unchanging. Because He is the Prince of Peace, His rule within us produces calming strength, inner stability, and lasting security.

So here they are in one spot—links to each devotion in this series. I love these names, don’t you? In case you missed a devotion or would like to read them in one sitting, the links are located under each picture in blue, underlined type. On Christmas Eve, I read most of the devotions and had a little celebration of my own of who Jesus is. Let’s celebrate Him all year long!

 

 

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The Isaiah 9:6 Child: Prince of Peace

 

Peace. It’s something we all need, something we all crave.

As I close this series on Isaiah 9:6, there’s one more name to consider. This verse identifies the nature of the Messiah, whose birth we celebrate every Christmas. We have talked about Jesus being Wonderful, our Counselor, the Mighty God, and the Everlasting Father. It’s fitting that this series of names ends with Prince of Peace. ...

 

 

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The Isaiah 9:6 Child: Everlasting Father

 

When I read Isaiah 9:6, I pause the longest at this name—Everlasting Father. It’s been a treasure to me for a long time, although I think it’s odd to call Jesus a Father. I have always thought it referred to Jesus’ loving nature, but the word father in Hebrew gives this name a new meaning.

“Everlasting Father” literally means “the father of eternity.”1 It was a Hebrew and Arabic custom to call “he who possesses a thing … the father of it.”2 For Jesus to be the father of eternity means that He is eternal. He possesses eternity, and there is never a time when we have to doubt if He’ll be there. He is forever, with no beginning and no end. This name means that His rule as King won’t be short-lived like so many kings of this earth. His rule will be eternal, constant, and sure, because He is. ...

 

 

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The Isaiah 9:6 Child: Mighty God

 

Wonderful. Counselor. Mighty God. Everlasting Father. Prince of Peace.

In the middle of the description about Jesus—the Child who was promised and the Messiah who was to come—power is mentioned. Long before He came to earth, Jesus had been the Mighty God.

Present with the Father and the Spirit before the universe existed, He—with Them—spoke creation into being. As Mighty God, He took part in creating galaxies and constellations, mountains and trees, animals and people. Since history began, all things have been sustained by Him. “And He is before all things, and in Him all things consist” (Col 1:17, NKJV). Mighty God.

 

 

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