In the last few years, I have come to love the act of praying over people and places using Scripture. It’s like saying God’s words back to him while bringing his children before him. Last night I turned to Isaiah 43, and the difficulties of a super-busy Wednesday suddenly seemed much smaller than I had thought. Here’s my adaptation of Isaiah 43.
But now, O Alex, listen to the Lord who created you.
Alex, the one who formed you says:
Do not be afraid, for I have ransomed you. I have called you by a new name, you are mine.
When you go through airport customs, I will be with you.
When you go through homesickness and loneliness, albeit rare, you will not give up.
When there is political unrest in the country in which I have placed you, I will not remove my hand.
When you walk through the hours of lesson planning, your motivation will not be destroyed, the tediousness will not overtake you.
For I am the LORD your God.
I gave my Son as a ransom for your freedom. He paid the debt in your place.
Because you are precious to me. You are honored and I love you.
Do not be afraid, for I am with you. I will gather up what you feel has been broken and scattered in your life, and I will bring wholeness.
I will do greater things than any other religion could even imagine.
But you are my witness, Alex. You are my servant.
You have been chosen to know me, believe in me, and understand that I alone am God.
There is no other God–there never has been, and there never will be. I, yes I, am the LORD, and there is no other Savior.
First I predicted your rescue, then I saved you and proclaimed it to world.
No foreign god has ever done this. You are my witness that I am the only God.
From eternity to eternity I am God. No one can snatch anyone out of my hand.
No one can undo what I have done. And I going to do more unbelievable things.
I–yes, I alone–will blot out your sins for my own sake and will never think of them again.
Do not be afraid.