Lord, I remember those who will be under immense pressure in their work situation today. Help them to think through one problem at a time and not to get flustered by all that’s going on, nor by those who blame them for the difficulties. Help them to keep calm. In Christ’s name. AMEN
Lord, I pray for those for whom today will be one of those tough days. Help them to start with courage, faith and confidence. Help them to keep calm in the face of provocation, and to stay true to their best ideals. Prevent them from giving in to despair. In Christ’s name I ask it. AMEN
"The Lord Almighty is with us; the God of Jacob is our refuge".
Ps 46:11 NIV
Many people in the modern world say that they "believe in a supreme being". They hesitate to call this supreme being God, spirit or anything else. It is a step or two removed from atheism, and it means that they are really betwixt and between as to what to believe. At the same time they can't believe in Jesus, the miracles he is recorded as performing, the death and resurrection that are part of the story. Their god is not a personal God at all.
The God of the Bible, presented as "Almighty" is also personal. He is more than just a being. He is a person. In addition he encountered so many people as a person alongside them. He spoke to them, conversed with and commanded them and they conversed with him and responded to his approach. One of the people he had considerable dealings with was Jacob. Encountering this slimy, crooked person as he ran for his life from the brother he had swindled, God took possession of him, called him, claimed him to be his servant, and then shaped and fashioned his whole life thereafter. He even led him to the point of reconciliation with the brother he had wronged. He became the father of the nation and they looked back to him ever thereafter. He became the towering figure of their early history because of what this personal God did with him - he made him a great person.
In Christ God the Father became more personal still. And ordinary people have met him face to face, entered into a relationship with him and committed their lives to him down all the centuries. Do the same.
Lord, make me a man, or a woman, of God.
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