The purpose of the book of Isaiah demonstrates the trustworthiness of the Lord. The first king whom Isaiah serves, Ahaz, does not trust the Lord. He ignores Isaiah’s advice and follows his own schemes. This leads to defeat and servitude at the hands of the Assyrians. Ahaz’s son Hezekiah, in contrast, trusts the Lord and Jerusalem is delivered from Sennacherib and the Assyrians. In the second half of the book the exiles are also encouraged to trust the Lord to bring deliverance and to respond like Hezekiah, not like Ahaz.
A significant theme is the hope in a future ideal Davidic king. The book provides a template for Messianic expectation as it develops a profile of God’s plan, including the exaltation of Jerusalem (ch. 2), the coming child whom is the reign (ch. 9), peace and stability of the reign of the Davidic heir(ch. 11), and how the ideal Servant of the Lord will carry out God’s mission (chs. 42-53).
Walton, Strauss, and Cooper. The Essential Bible Companion.
“Teach my children, Lord, to value work and to work hard at everything they do, as they are working for the Lord, not for men’” (Colossians 3:23).
We all want our kids to work hard. We all want them to do a thorough job on their chores and not just shove the contents of their room into their closets, but to actually put them away. What about their attitude along with their work ethic though?
Anyone can work hard; the attitude that accompanies hard work is what sets them apart in the job they’ve performed. Praying for our kids to have willingness along with the ability to work hard is so important. Every kid can clean their room and do a good job at it, but it’s the attitude that goes along with their work that makes a difference.
This thought leads me to believe that the prayer for a servant’s heart goes hand in hand with today’s willingness and ability to work hard. A child with a servant’s heart who is willing and able to work is going to be noticed in their work. Those attributes together stand out.
As I write these thoughts out, I like to think about people that are an example of these attributes and it’s quite powerful. Each day I am blown away but what this all looks like as it is lived out. Let’s pray for our babies and pray hard. Father made them wonderfully and they need to be blessed by prayer in their lives.
Guest Post- Rachel Theobald
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“May the God of hope grant that my children may overflow with hope and hopefulness through the power of the Holy Spirit” (Romans 15:13).
Let’s pray that we will open our hearts to Father and allow Him to penetrate our hearts with his love and hope.
It is kind of surprising how many Christians feel hopeless or at least act hopeless. Our Father is the God of the universe, the creator of us, the Lord of heaven and earth! We are guaranteed eternity with him. We, of all people, should be full of hope! Joshua 1:9 says, “Have I not commanded you? Be strong and courageous. Do not be afraid; do not be discouraged, for the Lord your God will be with you wherever you go.” How amazing is that?! Father has promised to always be with us! Let’s pray for our children to be filled with this truth, and to live in His hope. Let’s pray for us, as their parents, to live in this promise and be filled with hope that they see the example in our lives as well.
Whether we like it or not, our kids look up to us and use us a measure of good and bad behavior. I want to start by believing both Romans 15:13 and Joshua 1:9 and allowing these truths to fill my heart and be an example to my children. Then, let’s come together and pray for our children to believe in the truth of Scripture, that they may see the hope they have in Father also. If they believe this awesome truth then hope will fill them, overflow from them, and influence those around them.
The power of influence is an incredible thing. One person may not be able to change everyone, but they can certainly change a lot. It’s easy to get discouraged and to feel hopeless, we live in a world full of disappointments. But our God is constant, never changing and always there. My prayer is the Christians around the world will remember this truth and Romans 15:13 will be a prophesy fulfilled.
Guest post- Rachel Theobald
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“Father, teach my children the secret of being content in any and every situation, ‘through Him who gives them strength’” (Philippians 4:12-13).
Contentment is definitely not something that our country is generally familiar with. On the contrary, we are surrounded by advertisements trying to get us to buy a newer version of what we already have. Being content with our life or belongings is not popular to say the least.
This verse from Philippians adds so much power to this prayer because being content is hard to do, but being thankful and appreciate for what Father has blessed us with is possible through His strength.
I want my kids to always desire to push themselves to be better, but I want them to be thankful for all that they have. We are a tremendously blessed nation and I want them to see that.
A popular saying right now is, “first world problems”, meaning we complain about things that people in third world countries don’t even know exist. Let’s be thankful for all the wonderful things Father has blessed us with and prayerfully encourage our kids to do the same.
Guest Post- Rachel Theobald