Isaiah begins the 64th chapter recalling the fantastic instance of God rending open the heavens, and quaking Mount Sinai by His presence. He pines away in prayer: “Oh that you would rend the heavens and come down” (Isa 64:1 ESV). Isaiah wants God to show up like that again! Nobody has seen or heard of a God like you, Isaiah reminds. He’s a God “who acts for those who wait for Him” (Isa 64:4). Isaiah continues praying: “There is no one who calls upon your name, who rouses himself to take hold of you” (Isa 64:7). Spurgeon commenting on this verse said: “If in prayer we do not take hold of God, we have prayed but feebly, if at all. The soul of devotion lies in realizing the divine presence, in dealing with God as a real person, in firm confidence in His faithfulness – that is, to “take hold” of Him.” In the last 4 verses of the chapter he’s reminding God that we’re all sinners, though we are your people. He’s bemoaning the ruin of the city and the temple. He closes his prayer asking, “Our holy and beautiful house, where are fathers praised you, has been burned by fire, and all our pleasant places have become ruins. Will you restrain yourself at these things, O Lord? Will you keep silent, and afflict us so terribly?” (Isa 64:11-12).
Let’s pray, “Father our country is torn apart. Some members of our families are in bondage, some of our friends lives lay in ruins. Father please don’t be silent. Father, please move your mighty hand in response to our prayers. Please Lord, hear from heaven and heal our land.”
As we wait saints of God, let’s be mindful that, “You meet him who joyfully works righteousness, those who remember you in your ways” (Isa 64:5).