“The Prayer for a Desperate Nation”
Yet Lord, You are our Father; we are the clay, and You are our potter; we all are the work of Your hands. Lord, do not be terribly angry or remember our iniquity forever. Please look---all of us are Your people!” Isaiah 64:8, 9
These verses are a part of a prayer of the Prophet Isaiah, to Almighty God, on behalf of the remnant of Israel. Isaiah acknowledged that the nation had sinned and rebelled against God, and God had more or less turned a deaf ear to them because of their iniquities. Now Isaiah is pleading for God’s mercy on a DESPERATE nation.
Isaiah acknowledges that God is the Holy Father of the nation, and the remnant is like clay, and God is the potter; the one who has worked and has known the clay, the one who has molded and shaped it into useful vessels. But the clay, the remnant has become useless, because of its impurities, or in the case of it representing the nation, its iniquities. The nation needed to become SUBMISSIVE like the clay that is molded and shaped by the potter’s hands, and not resist His touch, but to YIELD to His will.
So the Prophet implores upon the Lord to not be terribly angry nor to remember their iniquities forever. And he reminds God that the nation is His people. Isaiah pleads for God’s FORGIVENESS and MERCY upon the nation.
We, who are the TRUE BELIEVERS, need to be like clay in the Potter’s hands, and become SUBMISSIVE, and YIELD to His will, and become WILLING, USEFUL VESSELS for His purpose.
Every nation NEEDS the touch of the MASTER POTTER’S hands, and we need to follow Isaiah’s example of PRAYING for our nations, and SEEK God’s MERCY and FORGIVENESS. He is our ONLY HOPE.
If you have not given your HEART and LIFE to God, then you are a part of your nation’s problems, because of your sins and iniquities. You are clay that is not useable as a useful vessel, and will be discarded as rubbish and cast into Hell, the place of unending torment, torture, pain, heartache, agony, and despair. However, God is MERCIFUL and FORGIVING, and is offering you the opportunity NOW, to come to Him with a TRUE REPENTANT HEART, CONFESSING your sins to Him and asking Him for His FORGIVENESS, BELIEVING, with ALL your HEART, that Jesus died for YOU, and is ALIVE in Heaven, making intercession for you, before God, then ACCEPT His gift of SALVATION, and become SUBMISSIVE clay, YIELDING yourself to the touch of the Potter’s hands and become a USEFUL VESSEL for His own purpose. Do it NOW while you still can. He’s waiting and coming SOON!!!