Isaiah 64

Before Reading.

  • Centering prayer— Pray for illumination, “Lord, open my heart and mind by the power of the Holy Spirit,” and remain in silence.


  • Read slowly, keeping any words or phrase that come to your mind, and mark on them.
  • Close eyes and meditate on what you read.
  • Take a note if you have question, inspiration.   

Read Isaiah 64  


Prophet’s prayer.

Chapter 64 is prophet Isaiah’s oracle in a form of prayer for his people.

He requests and remember God’s great work, pleading for God to come in power and glory. (1-4)

He confesses their great sinfulness which is the obstacle to God’s work. It is their communal lament. (5-7). “Filthy rags” (v.6) is a defiled clothes, literally a garment stained with menstrual blood, which was considered ritually unclean. It represents sinful, fallen human nature.

He makes a plea for the mercy of God, asking God to remember God’s people (8-9). He ascribes to God as the Father of children, the potter of the clay, appealing for mercy.

He concludes the prayer of lamentation, “Why, after having been suffered the hardships of the Babylonian destruction and captivity, and having been promised redemption, are the Israelites still denied God’s salvation?

It was prophet’s heart toward his people in exile.


 1. What does this passage tell you about God?

 2. What does this passage tell you about people.?

3. What does this passage tell you about yourself and God’s will for you?   

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