Hostile is the focus in my prayer and Bible study time today. As I begin reading in Isaiah, it is obvious that things — actually PEOPLE– just aren’t right with God. And we know the challenge that Isaiah has before him, don’t we? Here are my “first thoughts” in bullet point form.
First, recognize the spiritual destruction all around you. Second, be sure you understand your own spiritual condition, checking yours against the complacency and corruption. Third, examine the rewards of choosing God over idols, complacency, culture that is contrary to His teachings, selfishness, and just plain pride. Fourth, get ready to speak forth the Word of the Lord with confidence and boldness.
Ok, let’s START there. It IS only day ONE of this prayer season, after all!!
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