for a revival of the awareness and knowledge of God in the power of His
presence witnessed in the tearing down of pride and the melting of
AIM: That the
power and the presence of the Lord should become to us of such necessity
as to provoke fervent and continuous prayer until He comes and blesses.
INTR: Isaiah is
well designated as the evangelical prophet owing especially to the fact
that the Messiah and salvation is Him is addressed so often and hope is
deferred to the Lord alone.
1. Who can forget the poignant words of
Isaiah 53, the revelation of the essential intercessor of Isaiah 59 and
the revelation that Christ is His elect in Isaiah 42?
2. Not lost on
us is the fact that Isaiah is quoted by the New Testament writers and we
are especially reminded here of Paul: But as it is written, Eye hath not
seen, nor ear heard, neither have entered into the heart of man, the
things which God hath prepared for them that love him. 1 Corinthians 2:9
3. It would seem that the desire of the prophet had reached a fever
pitch as he wrote these words of desire for the appearance of the Lord.
Many would restrict this to Israel, but this is a desire of the Lord’s
awakened people in all ages.
We would carefully note that this prayer for revival is a prayer for the
experienced presence of the Lord Himself (not just what He can do) and
that it involves an approach toward Him by His people and we note verse
5 in particular.
I. A proper consideration of the Lord (vv. 1-4)
1. We would look ahead for just a moment to v. 5 and note the reference
to remembering Him in His ways! --It is on this basis that the prayer
begins and expresses true confidence in the Lord alone.
2. If we do
not know that the Lord is able to do the thing we ask there is no reason
to ask – we would not know if it came.
1) Such an acknowledgement of
the effect of the presence of the Lord is largely unknown today.
Yet, those to whom Isaiah wrote and spoke would be reminded of times in
which the might and power of the Lord had been expressed – With the
flood, Sodom and Gomorrah and at Mount Sinai.
3) While there had been
witness of fire and brimstone and the fire on the Mount at Sinai, the
application here has Spiritual connotations.
3. The desire is for
such a fire as both consumes and produces the heat of passion expressed
in a desire for the things of the Lord and such as impacts the enemies
of the Lord
1) To make known the Name of the Lord to His adversaries
2) That would make the nations tremble at His presence (we are a sinful
people as in: Ah sinful nation, a people laden with iniquity, a seed of
evildoers, children that are corrupters: they have forsaken the LORD,
they have provoked the Holy One of Israel unto anger, they are gone away
backward. Isaiah 1:4)
4. But as was previously mentioned the Lord has
done terrible things not expected – His ability is beyond our ability to
5. The preparation of the Lord are for them that wait for
Him (love Him in 1 Cor. 2:9)
II. A proper approach to the Lord
1. In verse 5 we find the words of approach unto the Lord
1) These are they who have a proper concept of God and who know of His
2) Where the Lord is known there will be such an
approach unto Him that reflects the hope and delight of the comer
regardless of circumstances.
3) The confidence is expressed in a
continuance in the working of righteousness where there is confession
and forgiveness of sins – We have sinned, but salvation is of the Lord.
2. The confession continues that strength might be given to the plea –
Part of what we must have is an awareness of that which the writer
3. To add to the misery, apart from divine intervention
none will call, none will seek to take hold! See There is none that
understandeth, there is none that seeketh after God. Romans 3:11.
III. A proper assessment and submission to the Lord (vv. 8-12)
The end of the prayer expresses resignation as well as confidence
The claim of faith is that He is our Father as is revealed to us with
Christ who taught us to prayer “Our Father” which included Himself
alongside His redeemed ones.
2) We are but clay in His hands and we
must be fully submitted unto His will and purpose!
2. There is
further prayer for mercy and visitation – See verse 9
3. We see the
condition and understand that He is just that it is so – we mourn for
the fallen condition of our land as did the prophet for Jerusalem – the
things that should have reflected a zeal for the Lord were desolate and
4. Consider in this context: Wilt thou not revive us again:
that thy people may rejoice in thee? Psalms 85:6.
5. The ultimate
desire is that He would plead His own cause and it is for His revealed
glory that we would plead – in any event we rejoice in Him above all
else – So great is salvation that it can awaken such a desire in us. May
it ever be so!!