23 On that day, there will be a highway from Egypt to Assyria, and Assyria will come into Egypt, and Egypt into Assyria, and Egypt will worship together with Assyria. 24 On that day, Israel will be third with Egypt and Assyria, one blessing in the midst of the land, 25 whom Yahveh of armies blessed, saying, “May Egypt my people be blessed, and Assyria, the work of my hands, and my inheritance, Israel.”
praying outside the box
When Isaiah chose to reveal that some day the nations would be unified under Yahveh, he chose two of Israel’s most hated and feared of enemies as examples of that unity. It was a challenge for the Israelites to see the potential for their enemies to become brothers. They believed that all things were possible for God, but they were skeptical that a world without enemies was possible for them. It was something they probably didn’t even think about or pray for.
Today’s challenge is for us to envision a life in which God actually answers our prayers, and makes changes. In fact, it is a challenge for us to imagine something so unimaginable that we are not in the habit of praying for it.
LORD, show us how to pray outside the box.