10 Your holy cities have become a wilderness;
Zion has become a wilderness,
Jerusalem a desolation.
11 Our holy and beautiful house,
where our fathers praised you,
has been burned by fire,
and all our pleasant places have become ruins.
12 Will you restrain yourself at these things, O Lord?
Will you keep silent, and afflict us so terribly?
(Is 64:10–12, English Standard Version)
Raymond Ortlund, Jr. writes:
The greatest prayer we can pray is for God to do his will, for his glory, in his way, by his good news, in our generation, without restraint. That’s a prayer God loves to hear and is ready to answer. He’s the one who gave us this prayer in the first place. He creates newness out of ruins when we bow low before him and say, “Lord, as far as I’m concerned, don’t restrain yourself at all. Have your way with me and with us all, freely and entirely. Just let us be a part of your movement today.