Seek the Lord while he may be found,
call upon him while he is near;
let the wicked forsake their way,
and the unrighteous their thoughts;
let them return to the Lord, that he may have mercy on them,
and to our God, for he will abundantly pardon.
For my thoughts are not your thoughts,
nor are your ways my ways, says the Lord.
For the people's hearts have become calloused; they hardly hear with their ears, and they have closed their eyes. For this people’s heart has grown dull...so they might not look...and listen and understand with their hearts--and I would heal them.
Lord, we pray that you would free us from the self-defeating thoughts that blind us. Assure doubting hearts of your magnificent love! We pray for those who have rejected you and your love in their lives. Be merciful in not allowing them to continue to stumble blindly, hardened in heart and deaf to your voice. Open eyes to your beauty and ears to your wisdom. Grant to those who turn, even slightly, a time of healing and repentance.