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Today's Text: Isaiah 55:6-9

Isaiah 55:6-9

What a rich time of sharing yesterday, Sisters! Thank you for opening your hearts, your notebooks, your blogs, your IG feeds to share what the Lord is teaching you. If you happened to miss yesterday’s #SheSharesTruth, you can find a list of community posts here.

Today, let’s still our hearts before the Lord again. Let’s read the words from the prophet Isaiah and let them sink in deep, and then let’s pray this prayer of confession together, repenting of our sin and praising God for His grace and mercy.

Prayer: “Confession and Petition”

Holy Lord,

I have sinned times without number,

  and been guilty of pride and unbelief,

             of failure to find thy mind in thy Word,

             of neglect to seek thee in my daily life.

My transgressions and short-comings

    present me with a list of accusations,

But I bless thee that they will not stand against me,

    for all have been laid on Christ;

Go on to subdue my corruptions,

    and grant me grace to live above them.

Let not the passions of the flesh nor the lustings of the mind

    bring my spirit into subjection,

    but do thou rule over me in liberty and power.

I thank thee that many of my prayers have been refused –

    I have asked amiss and do not have,

    I have prayed from lusts and have been rejected,

    I have longed for Egypt and have been given a wilderness.

Go on with thy patient work,

    answering ‘no’ to my wrongful prayers, and fitting me to accept it.

Purge me from every false desire, every base aspiration,

    everything contrary to thy rule.

I thank thee for thy wisdom and thy love,

    for all the acts of discipline to which I am subject,

    for sometimes putting me into the furnace

      to refine my gold and remove my dross.

 

No trial is so hard to bear as a sense of sin.

If thou shouldst give me choice to live in pleasure and keep my sins,

    or to have them burnt away with trial,

    give me sanctified affliction.

Deliver me from every evil habit, every accretion of former sins,

    everything that dims the brightness of thy grace in me,

    everything that prevents me taking delight in thee.

Then I shall bless thee, God of Jeshurun, for helping me to be upright.

from The Valley of Vision: A collection of Puritan prayers and devotions, ©2001, The Banner of Truth Trust, p.77.

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  • mirandalinn

    This simple line here is what hit me the hardest – Deliver me from every evil habit, every accretion of former sins, everything that dims the brightness of thy grace in me everything that prevents me taking delight in thee. I don't want to hold onto anything that "dims" His grace in me. I want to be a reflection of Him so that others might see Him in me. I want to set aside the pride and selfishness that grips at me. This is such a beautiful prayer. Words that flow effortlessly across the page with meaning so deep I want to cry them out to the Lord myself. I read this lesson a couple of days ago but re-visited this prayer tonight. I am so grateful I stopped to take it in again.

  • Like all of you, my heart chords were struck by this prayer. I also wrote down this part in my journal: "I thank Thee that many of my prayers have been refused – I have asked amiss and do not have, I have prayed from lusts and have been rejected, I have longed for Egypt and have been given a wilderness. Go on with Thy patient work, answering 'no' to my wrongful prayers, and fitting me to accept it."

    My long struggle with infertility and loss has wrecked my heart over and over. Everything I read is through my infertility-colored glasses. Today was the same way, but these words got to the core. They changed my perspective. Even though I long for motherhood – a good, godly desire – my heart has been bitter and miserable with disappointment. This prayer reminded me to long for Him instead. To let Him fill my empty spaces. To let go of pride and unbelief (my way) and to remember that He's got this.

    Reflecting on our verses in Isaiah, I am simply reminded that I just need to go to Him because He is there! Waiting!

  • ‘go on with thy patient work, answering no to my wrongful prayers.’ this part got me. I’m not a patient person, and in the waiting I’ve been guilty of letting my pride and unbelief to take over. this prayer hit it right on the nail for me. truly what my heart needed.

  • heathermkneisler

    But I bless thee that they will not stand against me,
    for all have been laid on Christ;
    Go on to subdue my corruptions,
    and grant me grace to live above them.

    so good!!

  • “Go on with thy patient work, answering ‘no’ to my wrongful prayers, and fitting me to accept it.” Wow. What a statement! It is so great to be reminded that sometimes God’s answer is no. I needed to remember that today. This has really touched my heart, and prompted me to stay patient. :)

  • I, too, loved the section that many others are quoting..about longing for Egypt but receiving a wilderness. One other line that really stood out to me and is becoming my mantra is…"deliver me…from everything that dims the brightness of thy grace in me…" For me that includes possessions, schedules, time, my role as momma, wife, etc. Just all the things that entangle me and pull my eyes from grace.

  • Courtney

    I read this bit over and over. I've never prayed it before.
    I thank thee that many of my prayers have been refused –
    I have asked amiss and do not have,
    I have prayed from lusts and have been rejected,
    I have longed for Egypt and have been given a wilderness.
    Go on with thy patient work,
    answering ‘no’ to my wrongful prayers, and fitting me to accept it.
    Purge me from every false desire, every base aspiration,
    everything contrary to thy rule.
    I thank thee for thy wisdom and thy love,
    for all the acts of discipline to which I am subject,
    for sometimes putting me into the furnace
    to refine my gold and remove my dross.

  • A great reminder for me “I don’t think how you think”! I cannot even comprehend His greatness or put human words/thoughts/comprehension to his sovereignty…what a relief that He takes up my yolk for me. Dear God, I want to be led!

  • "“I don't think the way you think.
    The way you work isn't the way I work.”
    God’s Decree.
    “For as the sky soars high above earth,
    so the way I work surpasses the way you work,
    and the way I think is beyond the way you think." (Isaiah 55:8-11, MSG)

    I am dust. Lord, thank you for showing me that You are God, and that I am Not. I wrote that phrase down on my arm after studying this week so that I could look at it more often and be continually reminded of it in all things. Lord, I pray that you would remove every bit of evil from me that even hints at perversing that truth.
    I loved this whole prayer, and wrote all of it down in my journal– I'll definitely be meditating on it more in the future! The part that really spoke to me today was "I have longed for Egypt and been given a wilderness… No trial is so hard to bear as a sense of sin. If thou shouldst give me choice to live in pleasure and keep my sins, or to have them burnt away with trial, give me sanctified affliction." During this season of trial and tribulation, God's made it clear that it's been a sanctified affliction. He's been using all of what I've been going through to help me learn a LOT about myself and the weaknesses I have. He's shown me a lot of deeply rooted, unrepentant sin/bad habits that I had NO idea were as extensive and harmful as they are. I now see the invaluable purpose this affliction has played to mold me more into His image! I would've never guessed that the struggle I've been put through here could've reaped so much blessed fruit in my life, but it is (and this is just the beginning)! Father, praise you. "Go on with thy patient work, answering ‘no’ to my wrongful prayers, and fitting me to accept it." Lord, bless ALL of these women today with profound knowledge of your intimate presence in every aspect of their lives. Love you, sisters. xo

  • Ugh. Talk about laying bare. I find myself "pining for Egypt" at times… What a reminder that sometimes unanswered prayers are indeed the greatest blessing.

    SRT is like the friend you call when you need to hear it like it is, instead of having someone blow smoke. Thank you ladies for listening to the Spirit.

  • jaustin35

    This is so my life story….. I sooooo needed to read these words ALL OF THEM!!!!! And repent! Thank – you God for repentance, grace, and forgiveness. I so don't deserve Your grace but take it humbly……. Thank-you…….

  • I thank Thee that many of my prayers have been refused.. That part really opened my eyes this morning. Thank God he watches out for us and refuses to give us what he knows we do not need and will do us no good in
    our daily walk with him. Thank you Lord

  • "My transgressions and short-comings present me with a list of accusations, But I bless thee that they will not stand against me, for all have been laid on Christ; Go on to subdue my corruptions, and grant me grace to live above them." I simply love this; who cannot identify with this?? I'm so blessed by this community and the insight of each and every sister here.

  • On a morning when my thoughts are led by desires of the flesh, I desperately seek God and this prayer is fitting. My mind often strays and battles with the never ending to do list! This prayer captures my thoughts and then some!!! Gema, I also feel convicted to stop playing with sin! Even as God over abundantly blesses me, I feel this need to hold on to old habits and thoughts! Thanking and praising God for his endless love, his gift of grace, and the blood that was shed for my sins.

  • Love this. First reading plan I'm doing along with Shereadstruth and I'm loving it.

    • AnnaLee

      Welcome, sister. Glad to have you here! I pray that God would build and bless you abundantly as you further seek His word and will in all things. :)

  • Steph_Lilac

    "I thank thee that many of my prayers have been refused. I have asked amiss and do not have,
    I have prayed from lusts and have been rejected, I have longed for Egypt and have been given a wilderness." JESUS!! This prayer yanked off all of the sugar coated layer I try to put over my sins. It's raw and authentic style is just what was needed to sink this into my heart. I looked up the word "accretion" and it means: something that started minute but external things have made it grow over time (moss, mold, etc). Sin unchecked and not repented grows from a garden serpent to a dragon. God please burn my self righteous thoughts and prideful desires away with your purging fire. Your fire is the only fire that leaves me better off after the flames than before. In Jesus' Name, Amen. Sisters may we be completely consumed with the purifying fire of our Lord. Love you all, and have a great weekend! xoxo

    • AnnaLee

      Amen Steph!! The insight on accretion is such a blessing! Lord show me those hidden, not-thought-of, unrepentant sins of pride, self-righteousness, disbelief and all other kinds of malice, so that I can bring them to you and be purified of all unrighteousness! "Your fire is the only fire that leaves me better off after the flames than before." So beautiful. Thank you for all of this! Be so blessed today, sis!

      • Steph_Lilac

        Bless you AnnaLee! All glory to God the author and finisher of my life story.

    • Janee White

      "Sin unchecked and not repented grows from a garden serpent to a dragon." Such a powerful visual – Thank you so much for this!

      • Steph_Lilac

        Amen! My overgrown sin had me in my own personal "How To Train Your Dragon" movie! But God, But God, But God!

        • Janee White

          'But God' are two of my favorite words my friend. Thank you so much for your inspiration today.

  • Amen

  • Thank you for this prayer, I will be meditating on it and seeking inside of me what needs to be changed. I feel like God is telling me this morning to stop playing with sin. Sin allows for Satan to have a place in our lives and in our thoughts. Let’s pray for a pure heart and not give way to sin by seeking God intensely every day. God bless you sister!

    • AnnaLee

      Amen, Gema. So agreed… we play with sin, overconfident in ourselves and believing we can handle it, until we completely can't and it ruins us. "If you think you are standing firm, be careful that you don't fall!" (1 Cor 10:12) and "So then, let us not be like others, who are asleep, but let us be alert and self-controlled. For those who sleep, sleep at night, and those who get drunk, get drunk at night. But since we belong to the day, let us be self-controlled, putting on faith and love as a breastplate, and the hope of salvation as a helmet" (1 Thess 5:6-8). Be Blessed, sister! I pray God would make His will known in you and that you'd continue to submit more and more fully to Him in every aspect of your life! xoxo

  • notestoliz

    This prayer hits home. I need to buy this book! Printing this off and sticking it up EVERYWHERE!

  • Elizabeth

    Thank you for today's prayer! Thank you for being there for me each morning!

  • The complete honesty to say to God what he already knows and the love to let him purge however he will. Confession seems to be more for us than God. What a weight confessing takes off.

  • JessicaLoves___

    Such a beautiful, yet authentic prayer. Lord, may I make all of these right desires my own. And may You: Go on with thy patient work, answering ‘no’ to my wrongful prayers, and fitting me to accept it.

  • Ditto, everyone! Love, love, love this! Thank you, Lord for giving me the words that echo what's in my heart. Amen.

  • teambanks6

    Ugh. That prayer. It got me right in the gut. It is definitely print worthy.

  • joanne sher

    This is full of treasure. Don’t even know where to start. I want ALL of it – the contrite heart, the wilderness instead of Egypt, the unanswered selfish prayers. Printing this one off – and most definitely getting the book!

  • Thank You Jesus. Im absolutely blessed by this this morning. Have yourselves a blessed day filled with God's everlasting love.

  • I need to put that prayer on a card or something to keep it handy. It struck my heart, but also came from my heart. So beautiful. I am so thankful that our God forgives!

  • Now that is a prayer….THIS is the prayer (every word) of my heart today…I have been floored, for these are words I could not find for myself….these words from women so so long ago…..I echo them today…I sing them today because they are my words, my confession, my meditation…..
    Lord, forgive me the many many many times I have sinned against you and in my life, I have been guilty of pride and unbelief in your promises, and I have neglected to seek you in my daily life….the list goes on….But Dear God, I thank you for Jesus and ,cross, who carries my sins, my shame, and has bought me grace,….Lord, I pray my wants and desires that are not of you, or in line with your will, plan and purpose for my life, will be purged from my mind, my heart that I may focus more on you Lord…..Thank you for the wilderness, your refining wilderness, which allows me to see clearly your love and wisdom…Lord, I pray you deliver me from any past sins that I keep revisiting, that holds me back, from you, from walking in your Light, and delighting in YOU and all you have for my life…..Bless you Lord, my God, for your patience, your Grace, your love that guides and leads me to be upright a d upstanding for you……AMEN……
    Lead us this day Lord, to be the women you created us to be in your likeness, going out in love, for all, to all, with all….

    Wishing you all…my sister's, JOY, today in all you do and are……with love, always…..x x x

    • AnnaLee

      Beautiful, Tina. The sincere cry of my heart today too. "God, create a clean heart for [us] and renew steadfast spirit[s] within [us]." Psalm 51:10

    • Janee White

      You echo the words of the prayer above, and I echo the words you typed in response. Our hearts are in alignment today, and I thank you for speaking the words that were hidden within. I've found myself to be at a loss for words this morning, just seeking His Peace and His Rest. Within your words were the cries of my heart – and I thank you for giving life to what was lost in the midst of my unsettled mind. God Bless you Tina…

    • Tesha

      Thank you Tina… Beautiful!!! Love you my sister:-)

  • Nancy J Flores

    SPEECHLESS.

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