Oh Lord, Please Answer This Prayer Now!

Posted on November 7, 2020

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By David Ettinger

Isaiah’s Plea
The prophet Isaiah had seen it all in his 58 years as God’s messenger to Israel.

He preached repentance to a sinful nation only to receive scorn and rejection in return. Isaiah, however, clinging to the Lord’s empowering, boldly confronted his rebellious countrymen daily. But there were days when the prophet couldn’t contain himself, just having to give voice to his frustration.

We see this in Isaiah 64:1-2 where in his consternation and anger, Isaiah cries out to God: “Oh, that you would rend the heavens and come down, that the mountains would tremble before you! As when fire sets twigs ablaze and causes water to boil, come down to make your name known to your enemies and cause the nations to quake before you” (Isaiah 64:1-2).

Oh that the Lord would answer such a prayer now!

Reveal Yourself, Lord!
Isaiah was not asking God to destroy the wicked of Israel and the heathen nations. Rather, he was petitioning the Lord to reveal Himself, to physically show Himself to all peoples that they may come to know Him, turn from their sins, and be saved. Or, at least, if they do not accept Him, to at least know precisely Whom they are rejecting!

Have you ever had such a thought? I have, and often. Don’t you wish God would “make an appearance” in nightclubs, sports venues, theme parks, political gatherings, city and county commissioners’ meetings, and all other places where people unite? Don’t you wish God would for a few moments usurp television airwaves, computers, cell phones, and movies as they are being shown in theaters “to make your name known to your enemies and cause the nations to quake before you”?

How many times have you wished for God to appear to some Christian-bashing TV personality or rioting social group and show them just how wrong they are, and against Whom they are raging?

How often have you thought something such as: “Lord, why do You remain silent while the world ridicules and smears Your holy Name? Why not appear now, Lord, and set everyone straight?” It is a great question, one Isaiah asked 2,700 years ago!

God’s Reply
In the next chapter, Isaiah 65:1-3, the Lord answers Isaiah’s question, at least partially:

“I revealed myself to those who did not ask for me; I was found by those who did not seek me. To a nation that did not call on my name, I said, ‘Here am I, here am I.’ All day long I have held out my hands to an obstinate people, who walk in ways not good, pursuing their own imaginations – a people who continually provoke me to my very face …”

In essence, the Lord is saying: I have indeed revealed Myself to the world in a number of ways. Creation itself testifies as to My glory, and I have planted eternity in the heart of men and women. I have given the world my divine Word. I indeed HAVE revealed Myself, but this sinful race of people refuses to accept Me, their Creator!

Isaiah no doubt knew all that, but He was seeking something bigger, something monumental – and so are we. That “something monumental” is coming, and it is the Second Coming of the Lord Jesus Christ. Of that time, He Himself declares: “Then will appear the sign of the Son of Man in heaven. And then all the peoples of the earth will mourn when they see the Son of Man coming on the clouds of heaven,with power and great glory” (Matthew 24:30, italics added).

The Reason
So, yes, the Lord has revealed Himself, but not quite the way you, I, or Isaiah would like. But there’s a reason for this, and the apostle Peter tells us what it is: “The Lord is not slow in keeping his promise, as some understand slowness. Instead he is patient with you, not wanting anyone to perish, but everyone to come to repentance” (2 Peter 3:9).

God is not through saving everyone just yet, and I for one am glad He is delaying His great appearing. I still have many loved ones who do not know Him, and I want so desperately that they would.

So, though you and I long for God to “come down to make your name known to your enemies and cause the nations to quake before you,” let’s be patient a little longer as the Lord works out His perfect plan for humanity.

May God give us the patience we need in these volatile and decisive days to wait for His glorious appearing!