Lord God, teach me to pray as Jesus taught his disciples. Help me to do more than just repeat words, and show me the most important things for which to pray. When I become discouraged, motivate me to persevere and to know that whether you answer as I ask or not, the big thing is to communicate together. In Christ I ask it. – AMEN
Lord, I bring before you today the teachers and lecturers who prepare the young men and women for the ministry of the church. Help them not only to teach but to inspire their students. Help the students to gain a vision of the true work of pastoring and teaching, and enable them to pass their exams satisfactorily. In Christ. – AMEN
Lord, I pray today for the world’s trouble spots. Wherever there is war or fighting I pray that the violence may cease. Where there is terrorist activity enable the authorities to pre-empt any strikes and to bring those planning the violence to book before they are able to do serious damage. Let peace and hope flourish. In Christ I ask it. – AMEN
“I call to the Lord, and the Lord saves me”.
Psalm 55:16 NIV
Human beings have become very competent, very clever, and superbly confident people. We can fly hundreds of passengers in a plane from one end of the earth to the other. We can replace arteries in a person’s heart by taking pieces of vein in that person’s leg and transplanting them into the heart. We can build dams and store vast amounts of water to irrigate huge areas of dry land. But when we are up against it we can get very desperate. We can feel very forlorn. And we can panic very quickly.
The poet was being threatened with death. He had enemies but wasn’t sure how many he had. All he knew was that there far too many. He knew he was up against it. And in his darkest hour he did the most sensible thing he had ever done – he called to God for help. At his weakest point, at his darkest hour, at his most critical moment the Lord God Almighty became his closest friend. He was in a weak position but he had a strong God. He was close to throwing in the towel but on his side was the most powerful force in the world – God. And his faith was his greatest resource. In fact, it was all he needed.
It is also the greatest resource you have as well. He created the universe. He set stars in their courses, he caused rivers to flow, he raised Jesus from the tomb. And he can help you in your most difficult moment. Do not hesitate to call on him. He is waiting for you, and wanting you to do so.
Lord, thank you for being there when I need you.
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