For today’s prayer, I’ll reflect on the second half of the theme verse: “He even makes the deaf to hear and the mute to speak.”
Lord, where Your Church is unable to speak Your Word, loose her sealed lips. As with Isaiah, touch her tongue with the burning coal of Your altar, purifying her from sin and calling her out to proclaim Your Word. Where Your Church is entangled in cultural idolatry and is unable to speak Your Word faithfully, purify her heart and free her from her sin. Enable her by Your Spirit to speak out against injustice, immorality and oppression.
Thank You, Lord, for the ministry of reconciliation that You have entrusted to us. Continue to call us out to preach this message of reconciliation with God and with man. As a sign of this reconciliation, let Your Church be especially concerned with Christian unity. May she seek to be reconciled to herself, among the various denominations, creeds, confessions and nations that comprise her, in order that she may be a more faithful witness to You.
We pray, Lord, that we may be one so that the world may believe. May our search for unity be in itself a proclamation of Your gospel of reconciliation and forgiveness. But may we also took outward to Your world, and proclaim to it the good news of Your self-gift in Christ. Where Your Church is suffering from persecution, imprisonment and even martyrdom, strengthen her–enable her to continue preaching Your gospel amid difficulty. Guide her and renew her by Your Spirit.
We ask all these things through Jesus Christ our Lord. Amen.