“You heavens above, rain down my righteousness; let the clouds shower it down. Let the earth open wide, let salvation spring up, let righteousness flourish with it; I, the LORD, have created it.” – Isaiah 45:8, NIV.
It is still very early. The first blush of morning is still hours away. I can hear the gentle tap of rain on the window and its sound brings with it peace. Fires have devastated so much over the past few years. The rain is truly a shower of blessing.
Devastation affects all of our lives, whether it is the literal burning of all we own, a death, the figurative burning of a relational bridge, or devastation to bodies, hopes, or dreams.
As we look upon the ashes in our lives, there remains a powerful HOPE. We serve a God who gives beauty in exchange for our ashes.
“…and provide for those who grieve in Zion– to bestow on them a crown of beauty instead of ashes, the oil of joy instead of mourning, and a garment of praise instead of a spirit of despair.” – Isaiah 61:3a, NIV.
Lord, we bring the landscape of our lives before You. We ask for the windows of Heaven to be opened. Bring a shower of refreshing and a fresh wind of blessing to sweep across our lives.
With the rain, we ask for an end to the devastation. Pour out upon the scorched seeds of our hopes and dreams lying dormant within us, that they would drink deeply, and awake from their slumber. Cause them to sprout, take root, and rise to life from their bed of ashes.
Holy Spirit, come and dispel the darkness and grief. Silence the howl of the fire’s whipping winds, replacing them with gentle whispers and the sweet songs of birds.
Father, thank You for the hope that saturates the five little words sprinkled across Your Word, “And it came to pass.” Even now, may we hear the first raindrops tapping on our window, a herald of blessing and answer to prayer.
Lord, thank You for the HOPE that comes in every raindrop. We lift our hands and faces to You. With hearts of praise, we say, “Let it rain!” In Jesus’ Name.
Written by Julie Souza Bradley Lilly
This is an updated edition of a post originally published on Prayers of a Ragamuffin Warrior.
Featured Image by Inge Maria