Reading and Prayer – November 4

Reading: Isaiah 32:1-4

See, a king will reign in righteousness

    and rulers will rule with justice.

Each one will be like a shelter from the wind

    and a refuge from the storm,

like streams of water in the desert

    and the shadow of a great rock in a thirsty land.

Then the eyes of those who see will no longer be closed,

    and the ears of those who hear will listen.

The fearful heart will know and understand,

    and the stammering tongue will be fluent and clear.

Prayer:

Lord God, I have tasted your goodness and it has satisfied me, yet it has made me thirst for even more. I am so painfully aware of my need for even more grace than I now enjoy; and even when I do not want more, I am ashamed of my lack of desire. I want you completely, mighty God, and I want to want you evenmore than I do.

Fill me with longing for you; make me even thirstier. Show me your glory, I pray, so that I may know you always better and better, growing in my faith and love. From your infinite mercy, begin a new work of love within me this moment. Say to my soul, ‘Rise up my love, my fair one, and come away.’ And give me grace to rise up and follow you, from this misty lowland where I have wandered so long. Amen.

–              adapted from a prayer of A. W. Tozer