In the year that King Uzziah died, I saw the Lord sitting on a throne, high and lifted up, and the train of His robe filled the temple. Above it stood seraphim; each one had six wings: with two he covered his face, with two he covered his feet, and with two he flew. And one cried to another and said: “Holy, holy, holy is the Lord of hosts; the whole earth is full of His glory!” (Isaiah 6:1-3)
Father, please help us know your holiness and your glory. Fill us anew with your Holy Spirit.
And the posts of the door were shaken by the voice of him who cried out, and the house was filled with smoke. (Isaiah 6:4)
Holy Spirit, shake us and sift us; purify our hearts.
So I said: “Woe is me, for I am undone! Because I am a man of unclean lips, and I dwell in the midst of a people of unclean lips; for my eyes have seen the King, the Lord of hosts.” (Isaiah 6:5)
Jesus, we live among a people of unclean lips — all around us we hear profanity and misuse of your name; have mercy on us.
Then one of the seraphim flew to me, having in his hand a live coal which he had taken with the tongs from the altar. And he touched my mouth with it, and said: “Behold, this has touched your lips; your iniquity is taken away, and your sin purged.” (Isaiah 6:6-7)
Lord, send your Seraphim, have them come and touch our lips; take away our sin and help us speak your pure words of love.
Also I heard the voice of the Lord, saying: “Whom shall I send, and who will go for us?” Then I said, “Here am I! Send me.” (Isaiah 6:8 )
Father, here I am, send me.
And he said, “Go, and tell this people: ‘Keep on hearing, but do not understand; Keep on seeing, but do not perceive.'” (Isaiah 6:9)
Holy Spirit, help us speak your words to the people. Open the eyes of the spiritually blind; open the ears of those who have been deaf to your words; and open the mouth with praise of you of those who have been mute.
“Make the heart of this people dull, and their ears heavy, and shut their eyes; lest they see with their eyes, and hear with their ears, and understand with their heart, and return and be healed.” (Isaiah 6:10)
Lord, please help us hear you, see your works, and praise you.
Then I said, “Lord, how long?” and he answered: “Until the cities are laid waste and without inhabitant, the houses are without a man, the land is utterly desolate,” (Isaiah 6:11)
Jesus, our city is desolate. Help us build up the old waste places, and raise up foundations of many generations, so that we may be called Repairers of the Breach, and Restorers of Streets to Dwell In. (See Isaiah 58:12)
“The Lord has removed men far away, and the forsaken places are many in the midst of the land.” (Isaiah 6:12)
Father, remove the forsaken places from among us. Let our city be a well-watered garden of refreshment.
“But yet a tenth will be in it, and will return and be for consuming, as a terebinth tree or as an oak, whose stump remains when it is cut down. so the holy seed shall be its stump.” (Isaiah 6:13)
Bring us back, Lord, and bring us to new growth in you.
A word received: Pray for the shepherds of my people. I want my people to earnestly seek my face for their shepherds.
Wednesday: 38 * 119:25-48; Isaiah 6:1-13; 2 Thessalonians 1:1-12; John 7:53-8:11
Thursday: 37:1-18 * 37:19-42; Isaiah 7:1-9; 2 Thessalonians 2:1-12; Luke 22:1-13