Isaiah 1:18, 19 “come not, let us settle the matter,” says the Lord. “though your sins are like scarlet, they shall be as white as snow; though they are red as crimson, they shall be like wool. If you are willing and obedient, you will eat the good things of the land.”
Prayer: Lord God, we confess our sins and in obedience we submit to your will that we might be cleansed by you.
Thought for the day: Lifestyle change requires inner preparation.
Isaiah 1: 16, 17 Wash and make yourself clean, Take your evil deeds out of my sight; stop doing wrong. Learn to do right; seek justice. Defend the oppressed. Take up the cause of the fatherless; plead the case of the widow.
Prayer: Lord God, may we take those steps required to prepare to be a holy people for you.
Thought for the day: For the best dishwasher results try to pre-rinse.
Isaiah 1: 19, 20: If you are willing and obedient you will eat the good things of the land; but if you resist and rebel, you will be devoured by the sword.” For the mouth of the Lord has spoken.
Prayer: Lord God, thank you for giving us the option to follow your will.
Thought for the day: A two-headed coin is not legal tender.
Isaiah 1: 11,12 The multitude of your sacrifices — what are they to me?” says the Lord. “I have more than enough of burnt offerings, of rams and the fat of fattened animals; I have no pleasure in the blood of bulls and lambs and goats.”
Prayer: Lord God, forgive for all those times we have presumed to buy your attention and love.
Thought for the day: For the loving parent no marketplace gift can replace the gift of time and attention.
Isaiah 1: 2, 3 Hear me, you heavens! Listen, earth! For the Lord has spoken: “I reared children and brought them up, but they have rebelled against me. The ox knows its master, the donkey its owner’s manger, but Israel does not know, my people do not understand.”
Prayer: Lord God, may you forgive us when we neglect the beauty of knowing you.
Thought for the day: Effective writers and communicators know the value of mastery of the basics of style.
Isaiah 1:8, 9 Daughter Zion is left like a shelter in a vineyard, like a hut in a cucumber field, lik ea city under siege. Unless the Lord Almighty had left us some survivors, we would have become like Sodom, we would have been like Gomorrah.
Prayer: Lord God, today we can give thanks that you have spared us and given us life.
Thought for the day: Why take for granted what has been granted, if you know it could have not been there?
Isaiah 1: 25, 26 I [God] will turn my hand against you; I will thoroughly purge away your dross and remove all your impurities. I will restore your leaders as in days of old, your rulers as at the beginning. Afterward you will be called the City of Righteousness, the Faithful City.
Prayer: Lord God, may the cleansing fire of your holiness create us anew.
Thought for the day: From ancient times people have cauterized wounds to ensure that they heal properly.