Aid us, Lord, to listen to Your Word – and be changed by Your Word .May well we rejoice in this: ‘He saved us by washing away our sins’ – our sin is wonderful, our Saviour is higher (prayers primarily based on Ezekiel 14

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Ezekiel 14:1-15:eight

‘Some of the elders of Israel came to’
Ezekiel. He spoke the Word of the Lord to them: ‘Repent! Turn from your
idols and renounce all your detestable practices!’ (Ezekiel 14:1,eight).
This, Lord, could not have been what they wanted to hear. It was what You
wanted them to hear. They did not want to hear this, but they necessary to
hear it. Lord, You had been warning them what would occur if they did not
make a actual return to You: ‘I will make the land desolate simply because they
have been unfaithful’ (Ezekiel 15:eight). Your Word demands a response. What
will our response be? Will we say, ‘We do not want the Lord “to reign
more than us”’ (Luke 19:14)? Will we be, like Peter, who ‘took Jesus aside
and started to rebuke Him…’ (Matthew 16:22)? Aid us, Lord, not to be
like these who dismiss Your Word with arrogant pride. Aid us to listen
to Your Word – and be changed by Your Word.

Ezekiel 16:1-34

Without the need of
Christ, we are naked and dirty. He covers our nakedness and washes away
our dirtiness (Ezekiel 16:eight-9). We thank You, Lord, that Jesus is our
Saviour. Teach us to come to Him with this prayer: ‘Nothing in my hand I
bring, just to Thy Cross I cling Naked, come to Thee for dress
Helpless, appear to Thee for grace Foul, I to the fountain fly Wash me,
Saviour, I die.’Lord, You hear and answer this prayer. You have offered us
Your guarantee: ‘Whoever comes to Me, I will in no way drive away’ (John
six:37). When You have heard and answered our prayer for salvation, we
have this joyful testimony: ‘I delight drastically in the Lord, my soul
rejoices in my God for He has clothed me with the garments of
salvation, He has covered me with the robe of righteousness’ (Isaiah
61:10). May well we rejoice in this: ‘He saved us by washing away our sins’
(Titus three:five).
Ezekiel 16:35-63
Lord, You contact Your unfaithful folks to
listen to Your Word: ‘You prostitute, hear the Word of the Lord!’
(Ezekiel 16:35). You speak to them of ‘sin, righteousness and judgment’
(John 16:eight). You show them their sin – ‘your filthiness and your
nakedness’ (Ezekiel 16:36). You speak to them as the righteous God, the
God of best holiness – ‘Your eyes are as well holy to appear at evil. You
can’t stand the sight of folks carrying out wrong’ (Habakkuk 1:13). You warn
them that there will be judgment: ‘I will judge you” (Ezekiel 16:38).
Why, Lord, do You speak to us of sin, righteousness and judgment? This
is Your way of bringing us to repentance – ‘I will make you cease getting a
prostitute’ – and salvation – “My anger will be more than, and I will be
calm’ (Ezekiel 16:41-42). Lord, we know that our sin is wonderful – but we
thank You that we know one thing else: our Saviour is higher –
‘Wonderful grace of Jesus, higher than all my sin… Praise His Name!’

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