Root of Jesse,
You are the One who was promised! You are the One who fulfilled and is fulfilling prophecies. Since ancient times no one has heard, no ear has perceived, no eye has seen any God besides you, who acts on behalf of those who wait for him. [Isaiah 64: 4] We are reminded that you are the One in whom we hope, in whom we can put our faith. When Jesus said: [Mark 9: 23b] “everything is possible for him who believes,” we join with the father of the boy possessed by an impure spirit [verse 24] and respond: “I do believe; help me overcome my unbelief.” May your unfailing love be with us, LORD, even as we put our hope in you. [Psalm 33: 22] I wait for you, LORD, my whole being waits, and in your word I put my hope. [Psalm 130: 5]
You said: “Heaven and earth will pass away, but my words will never pass away.” [Mark 13:31] Your Word gives us hope and reminds us of your faithfulness. No prophecy of Scripture was produced by the will of man, but was spoken from you, LORD, as men were carried along by your Holy Spirit. [2 Peter 1-20-21] You have breathed out all Scripture & it is profitable for teaching, for reproof, for correction, and for training in righteousness, so that your people will be competent and equipped for every good work. [2 Timothy 3:16-17]
Today, I specifically pray for: ________________________________________
You, LORD, are our Father. We are the clay; you are the potter; we are all the work of your hand. Do not be angry beyond measure, LORD; do not remember our sins forever. Oh, look on us, we pray, for we are all your people. [Isaiah 64: 8-9] We confess we often “mean well”, but fail to daily read and study your Word. We fail to pray faithfully. We fail to spend time in your presence. Your Word that flows from your mouth shall not return to you empty, but shall succeed in accomplishing the purpose for which it was sent. [Isaiah 55:11] Help this be true in my life LORD. Let me surrender myself to you, allowing your hands to mold and shape me! You said: “Therefore keep watch because you do not know when the owner of the house will come back—whether in the evening, or at midnight, or when the rooster crows, or at noon. If he comes suddenly, do not let him find you sleeping.” [Mark 13: 35-36] Help me to be ready LORD Jesus!
And again, Isaiah says, “The Root of Jesse will spring up, one who will arise to rule over the nations; in him the Gentiles will hope.” LORD Jesus, you are the Root of Jesse! May you, God of hope, fill us with all joy and peace as we trust in you, so that we may overflow with hope by the power of the Holy Spirit. [from Isaiah 11: 10-Romans 15: 12-13]
In Jesus’ name, we pray. AMEN.