4/12 – Isaiah 15-16 – Am I capable of feeling compassion for those I don’t like or approve of? Prayer starter: Healer of every division, you know the separations in the family of humanity. Lord, bring harmony to the nations and within families.
4/13 – Isaiah 17 – In which worldly strength am I tempted to put my trust? Prayer starter: Eternal God, all power and authority under heaven must bow before you. Teach us to trust in you rather than in wealth, personal virtue, position, or other advantage.
4/14 – Isaiah 18-19 – Can I say, “God bless all nations” as convincingly as “God bless America”? Prayer starter: Lord of the universe, you claim all creation as yours. Grant wisdom to all nations on earth, so that we might see one another as brothers and sisters.
4/15 – Isaiah 21 – Do I seek simplifications in matters of religion, or do I make room for mystery? Prayer starter: Lord of wonder, you are the source of wisdom and knowledge. Yet you reserve the fullness of understanding until the end of time.
4/16 – Isaiah 23 – How do I consecrate my material resources to the Lord’s purposes? Prayer starter: O Lord, shield me from the temptations of wealth and prestige. Hide me in the palm of your hands that I might be safe, and holy as you are holy.
4/17 – Isaiah 24-27 – What false “bottom lines” night I be standing on to my peril right now? Prayer starter: Great God of Sinai, you show your glory to a world that averts its gaze. Help us to use the real bottom line, the end of days, as the only measure of success.
4/18 – Isaiah 26 – In what ways may I have “drunk the Kool-Aid” of my generation? Prayer starter: Compassionate Lord, you send us prophets and teach us wisdom that we might be guided in the way of truth. Rescue us from the drunkenness of our complacency.