Isaiah 6:1-8 is a good picture of God-focused prayer, even though it says nothing specific about prayer. Isaiah comes into God’s presence and looks up to see the Lord “sitting upon a throne, high and lifted up.” He is in awe! He responds, “Woe is me! For I am lost . . .” God sends an angel over to Isaiah, who touches him and says, “Your guilt is taken away, and your sin atoned for.” Then the most amazing thing happens; Isaiah hears the voice of God. He listens, responds, and willingly goes out to attend to what he’s heard.
So, as you pray, look up! Isaiah 6 provides an important reason for us to focus on God first in our prayer times. Taking the time to look up and see God as “high and lifted up” is precisely what we need for the tremendous vision we have of advancing the Gospel of Jesus and his kingdom into the nations.