I pray today Lord for those people who think that getting rich is the main purpose of living. Help them to see beneath the surface of life. Show them the vastness of “the unsearchable riches of Christ”, and lead them to seek a more meaningful purpose for living. Help them to find joy, love and peace in Christ. I ask it in his name – AMEN.
I pray today Lord for those people who are trying to help and guide young people, especially teachers, psychologists, doctors, youth leaders and ministers, as well as parents and relations. Give them wisdom, patience, insight, understanding and love. Help them not to be judgmental but rather caring and kind. I ask it in Christ – AMEN.
I pray today Lord, for young people facing difficult moral choices and those who are tempted to abuse drugs or alcohol. Put iron into their wills and enable them to meet and associate with other young people who have turned their backs on substance abuse. Give them healthy attitudes and helpful friends. I ask it in Christ – AMEN.
“I will defend my servants and give them victory”.
Isa 54:17 GNB
There are different ways of classifying people. Some divide people into “the haves” and “the have-nots”, others think in terms of “the grafters” and “the loafers”. One man, a keen amateur sportsman despite being a thorough professional at work, thought in terms of “winners” and “losers”. Whilst some referred to “born winners” he always chipped in with the reminder, “Yes, and there are born losers too”.
The Israelites under the reign of King David, had been winners. A “born winner”, David had led them to a number of successful battles that had extended the Israelite kingdom to its widest boundaries in all its history. Instead of being slaves to others they had come home with others as their slaves. Now, however, their fortunes had faded and the Babylonians had “cleaned them up”. Defeated and carried off as slaves, they hit rock bottom. Inspired by God, Isaiah tried to talk a new attitude and brighter prospect into them. They were not alone. In any conflict, God would be with them and would protect them from annihilation. Furthermore, he would give them victory and make them winners.
The spiritual life is often portrayed as “spiritual warfare”. Christian disciples are engaged in a ceaseless battle against evil of all kinds. On a personal level we are facing temptation every day. To be effective in the conflict with Satan we need the power and strength of Jesus Christ if we are to come out on top. Be a winner in this conflict. Likewise, the whole Christian community is engaged in a war against evil, the evil that is being organised on a global scale against God, truth, goodness, purity and love. Get on the victory side with Christ!
Lord, enlist me on the victory side with you.
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