A Prayer for Feasting on the Riches of God’s Grace
Come, all you who are thirsty, come to the waters; and you who have no money, come, buy and eat! Come, buy wine and milk without money and without cost. Why spend money on what is not bread, and your labor on what does not satisfy? Listen, listen to me, and eat what is good, and you will delight in the richest of fare. Give ear and come to me; listen, that you may live.Isa. 55:1-3
Most gracious Father, this Scripture moves me to praise you today for the simply delight of drinking and eating. You are the fountain of pleasures, the source of all good gifts—a God who richly gives us all things to enjoy. Help me to be a better steward of my thirst and hunger.
Too easily, I can be a hungry man standing in front of an open refrigerator, real and metaphorical, demanding instant gratification. I’ll grab whatever drink I think will slake my thirst, and I’ll eat whatever bread will make me full in the moment.
Like Esau, a bowl of steaming oatmeal in my hand, can have more power over me than the promise of a great feast in the future. I get impatient, demanding, and I binge. But the snack foods and fast foods of my lusts never really satisfy me.
But as this Scripture reveals, Father, you constantly beckon us to the only feast that will satisfy the deepest thirst and hunger in our hearts—the drink and meat of the gospel of your grace. And the only cost to us is our need and brokenness, humility and receptivity.
Lord Jesus, you are the “richest fare” the Father has promised. You turn the waters of this world into the wine of your kingdom (Jn. 2:1-11). You are the Bread of Life—the source and substance of all satisfaction and joy. At the cost of your life, you’ve given us the feast of eternity. Hallelujah, what a Savior you are! Hallelujah what a salvation you give!
I’m a foolish man to neglect the very means by which you feed us and in which you meet with us: the Scriptures, prayer, worship, the Lord’s Supper. The nutrients and nurture, we need; and the joy and satisfaction, we crave, can be found nowhere else.
Lord Jesus, in light of the ultimate banquet Day of our wedding (Rev. 19), I bring you my thirst and hunger as this day begins. So very Amen I pray, in your great and gracious name