Spiritual Practice: Prayer
As you pray focus not on “behold me” prayer but on beholding Jesus. Don’t start with your ‘Here I am’ to God,” rather start with God’s ‘Here I am’ to you.”
A shoot will come up from the
stump of Jesse;
from his roots a Branch will bear
The Spirit of the Lord will rest on
the Spirit of wisdom and of
the Spirit of counsel and of power,
the Spirit of knowledge and of the
fear of the Lord—
and he will delight in the fear of the
He will not judge by what he see with
or decide by what he hears with his
but with righteousness he will judge
with justice he will give decisions
for the poor of the earth.
He will strike the earth with the rod of
with the breath of his lips he will
slay the wicked.
Righteousness will be his belt
and faithfulness the sash around his
The wolf will live with the lamb,
the leopard will lie down with the
the calf and the lion and the yearling
and a little child will lead them.
The cow will feed with the bear,
their young will lie down together,
and the lion will eat straw like the
The infant will play near the hole of
and the young child put his hand into
the viper’s nest.
They will neither harm nor destroy
on all my holy mountain,
for the earth will be full of the
knowledge of the Lord
as the waters cover the sea.
—Isaiah 11:1-9 (NIV)
Ponder and pray over what it means to wait for the kingdom of God to be revealed, to groan and struggle and weep even while taking comfort in the work God has already accomplished through Jesus Christ. What does it mean to sing hope and good news in a minor key?
The Word became flesh and blood,
and moved into the neighborhood.
We saw the glory with our own eyes,
the one-of-a-kind glory,
like Father, like Son,
Generous inside and out,
true from start to finish.
John 1:14 (MSG)
Take a moment to ponder the revealed glory and generosity of God in Christ.
reflections taken from Two Steps Forward: A Story of Persevering in Hope by Sharon Garlough Brown