Praying with Isaiah 43


praying with BibleUse the questions below the Scripture Passage (Isaiah 43: 1-3;18-21) to help frame your conversation with God about the fear and anxiety that inevitably arise as we walk through the Kingdom of God on earth.

Fear not, for I have redeemed you; I have summoned you by name; you are mine.

    • Is there anything I fear as I begin this prayer time?
    • How do I feel about being called by name by the most Holy God?
    • How would my life change if I really believed I belong to God?

When you pass through the waters, I will be with you;
And when you pass through the rivers, they will not sweep over you.

      • Am I feeling overwhelmed about anything?
      • Am I being swept away by a flood of anxiety, restlessness, grief, anger or doubt?
      • How can I thank God for being with me in these times, past and present?
      • Who do I know who is drowning and needs to hear these words?
      • Do I feel safe in the Kingdom of God?

When you walk through the fire, you will not be burned;
The flames will not set you ablaze.
For I am the LORD, your God, the Holy One of Israel, your Savior;

      •  What fires am I being called to walk through for God?
      • What help do I need to dare to take the risk?
      • Do I trust that the fires around me will not set me ablaze?
      • Do I feel safe in the kingdom of God?

 Forget the former things; do not dwell on the past.

      •  What past sins still cause painful guilt, even though I have asked forgiveness?
      • What former relationships still feed my bitterness?
      • What situations cause flames of anger in my soul?
      • Who do I need to forgive? Myself?
      • What do I need to ask God forgiveness for?

See I am doing a new thing!
Now it springs up; do you not perceive it?

      • What new thing is God doing in my life?
      • Why do I not see it? Am I not looking?
      • If I feel it springing up, what will I do?
      • Who will I tell?

I am making a way in the desert and streams in the wasteland . . . .
To give drink to my people, my chosen,
The people I formed for myself
That they may proclaim my praise.

    • Do I feel hope in the midst of my wasteland?
    • Will I accept the help God is offering me?
    • How can I praise God for forming me for himself?
    • How can I let others know that they are God’s children and encourage them to drink the water of life?
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2 Responses to Praying with Isaiah 43

  1. Jerry, I’m thrilled that this was meaningful to you and, hopefully, your groups!

  2. Jerry Root says:

    Karen, I used this 2 groups at Hope College this week. Awesome…thank you! Hope all is well.


    Sent from my iPad


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