“Lord, make yourself known…” That is my new prayer, both for myself and everyone else. I pray this for myself: “Lord, make yourself known to me.” I pray this for others: “Lord, make yourself known to my wife.” “Lord, make yourself known to my son.” You get the point. When I think of someone who needs prayer, this is my new prayer for them, “Lord, make yourself known to them.”
Lord, Make Yourself Known
My new prayer stems from a thought I had while reading in Isaiah chapter 19. A prophecy is spoken concerning Egypt, that the time would come when “the Lord will make himself known to the Egyptians…” I thought, “Man, I don’t want to wait for some prophetic or even apocalyptic point in time. I want the Lord to make himself known to me now.”
Wouldn’t we all be better off if the Lord revealed himself to us in greater and clearer ways? Perhaps all that’s lacking is our desire. Perhaps if we simply asked him to, he would, indeed, make himself increasingly more known to us.
I have been applying this prayer to everyone lately. “Lord, make yourself known to our President.” “Lord, make yourself known to the husbands and fathers around the world.” Again, you get the point.
Worship the Lord
“They will worship…” Isaiah writes that as the Lord would make himself known to the Egyptians, they would be drawn to worship him. What other response might there be, anyway? When God reveals himself - when we see him more for who he really is – our core being wants to bow before him and worship him. This is one powerful result of praying this simple prayer, “Lord, make yourself known to me.”
Make Vows to the Lord, and Keep Them
The prophet saw this in the Egyptians’ future, that they would make vows to the Lord, and keep them. It doesn’t say what those specific vows would be, just that they would make them, and keep them.
As I ponder this, I think that we are not prone to make vows unless we must. When was the last time you voluntarily promised something without being pressed or even asked? When was the last time you made a vow to the Lord?
To be honest, I’m a bit scared to make vows to the Lord. It’s not something I want to mess around with, for fear of not fulfilling my commitment. And yet I loathe making room for my weakness. What I want to do is make a giant vow to the Lord, then do whatever it takes to fulfill it.
But for now, my vow is simple. I commit to keep praying, “Lord, make yourself known to us.”