Isaiah 64: 1-9
Oh, that you would rend the heavens and come down, that the mountains would tremble before you! As when fire sets twigs ablaze and causes water to boil, come down to make your name known to your enemies and cause the nations to quake before you! For when you did awesome things that we did not expect, you came down, and the mountains trembled before you. 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 waits for him. You come to the help of those who gladly do right, who remember your ways. But when we continued to sin against them, you were angry. How then can we be saved? All of us have become like one who is unclean, and all of our righteous acts are like filthy rags; we all shrivel up like a leaf, and like the wind our sins sweep us away. No one calls on your name or strives to lay hold of you; for you have hidden your face from us and made us waste away because of our sins.
Yet, O Lord, you 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, O Lord; do not remember our sins forever. Oh, look upon us, we pray for we are all your people.
When we watch, wait and pray with obedience to the Lord God Almighty, God will gladly come to our rescue. While on the contrary, we make God angry when we continue in our sins. It appears that God will permit unpleasant things to happen to us when we are in disobedience to draw us back to Him. We need to always remember that we are like clay in the Father’s hands. We must confess our sins and turn from our wicked ways as we cry out to the Lord to forgive us with his salvation.
Holy Father, we confess that our nation has turned away from your holy and righteous commands. We have become like filthy rags filled with sins. Awaken your church to call on your name to forgive our sins and to submit to the righteous work of your hands that you may remember our sins no more. Prepare us to give warning, to be watchful and ready for your return. We ask in Jesus’ name, amen.