Prayer for Mercy

Isaiah 63

15 u Look down from heaven,
And see v from Your habitation, holy and glorious.
Where are Your zeal and Your strength,
The yearning w of Your heart and Your mercies toward me?
Are they restrained?
16 x Doubtless You are our Father,
Though Abraham y was ignorant of us,
And Israel does not acknowledge us.
You, O LORD, are our Father;
Our Redeemer from Everlasting is Your name.
17 O LORD, why have You z made us stray from Your ways,
And hardened our heart from Your fear?
Return for Your servants' sake,
The tribes of Your inheritance.
18 a Your holy people have possessed it but a little while;
b Our adversaries have trodden down Your sanctuary.
19 We have become like those of old, over whom You never ruled,
Those who were never called by Your name.

Isaiah 64

1 Oh, that You would 1 rend the heavens!
That You would come down!
That the mountains might shake at Your a presence -
2 As fire burns brushwood,
As fire causes water to boil -
To make Your name known to Your adversaries,
That the nations may tremble at Your presence!
3 When b You did awesome things for which we did not look,
You came down,
The mountains shook at Your presence.
4 For since the beginning of the world
c Men have not heard nor perceived by the ear,
Nor has the eye seen any God besides You,
Who acts for the one who waits for Him.
5 You meet him who rejoices and does righteousness,
Who remembers You in Your ways.
You are indeed angry, for we have sinned -
d In these ways we continue;
And we need to be saved.
6 But we are all like an unclean thing,
And all e our righteousnesses are like 2 filthy rags;
We all f fade as a leaf,
And our iniquities, like the wind,
Have taken us away.
7 And there is no one who calls on Your name,
Who stirs himself up to take hold of You;
For You have hidden Your face from us,
And have 3 consumed us because of our iniquities.

8 But now, O LORD,
You are our Father;
We are the clay, and You our g potter;
And all we are the work of Your hand.
9 Do not be furious, O LORD,
Nor remember iniquity forever;
Indeed, please look - we all are Your people!
10 Your holy cities are a wilderness,
Zion is a wilderness,
Jerusalem a desolation.
11 Our holy and beautiful 4 temple,
Where our fathers praised You,
Is burned up with fire;
And all h our pleasant things 5 are laid waste.
12 i Will You restrain Yourself because of these things, O LORD?
j Will You 6 hold Your peace, and afflict us very severely?

New King James Version (NKJV) Copyright © 1982 by Thomas Nelson, Inc.
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