I pray today Lord, for my place of work. Be with all those who work there and enable us to be understanding and supportive of each other. Enable the managers to delegate work wisely and to appreciate the efforts of all the staff. Help those with the more lowly tasks especially to feel appreciated. I ask it in Jesus Christ’s name – AMEN.
Lord, help me not to fret about the little things. Show me how to discern between what is important and what is trivial. Fill my mind with the wisdom to know the difference between the urgent and the important. Help me to apportion time with discretion, thoughtfulness and consideration. I ask it in Jesus Christ’s name – AMEN.
I pray today Lord, for those people who will go to worship with sad and heavy hearts. Enable them, by your Spirit, to find comfort and even joy in the fellowship and worship of other Christian believers. May the message they hear point them to Jesus, and the prayers offered bring them to the throne of grace. I ask it in Jesus’ name – AMEN.
“Jesus said to them, ‘You will indeed drink the cup I must drink and be baptized in the way I must be baptized’”.
Mk 10:39 GNB
It is easy to get mixed up about what the Christian way of life is. A group of happy young people singing their hearts out at a youth camp could easily convey the impression that Christianity is an exercise in self-induced euphoria. And the other-worldly emphasis frequently employed in many prayers could suggest the exercise is all an attempt to escape the harsh realities of life in the rough, tough evil world.
Whilst Jesus grappled with the rapidly-approaching threat of his own death and tried to disabuse the disciples of their hopelessly inadequate idea of the Kingdom of God, he nevertheless had to lead them on to some realistic expectation of the drama that lay ahead. He had to wean them from the denialism in which they were indulging. He knew some of them would face formal legal trials. Others would be treated with violence. And some would face death for their loyalty to him.
Many of them would be treated as sport for the entertainment of the masses. They were going to need the empowerment of the Holy Spirit to face opposition, angry mobs, imprisonment and death. Only in some hostile countries today will Christian believers have to face violence and death. But many have to withstand ridicule, fierce opposition, derision, mockery, and scorn as the norm in their places of work, and even from family members. If you do, take some comfort from these words of Jesus and prepare yourself mentally and spiritually for what lies ahead. If you have to suffer, count yourself honoured to be chosen and entrusted by Christ himself with such a responsibility.
Lord, help me to cope with whatever opposition comes my way.
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