Lord, forgive me for the resentments that I harbour and forgive me for my reluctance to forgive people when they have wronged me. Help me to stop the poisonous process of nursing grievances and prolonging animosities. Put your Spirit of healing, wholeness and love into my heart. Help me to forgive. I ask it in the name of Christ – AMEN.
Lord, today I ask that you will make me happy. Help me to find things about which to be filled with hope. Let me see the bright side of everything and bring love and even laughter into some other people’s lives. Let me be courageous. Let me be positive. Let me be sensible. Let me share humour wherever I can. I ask it in Christ’s name – AMEN.
I pray, Lord, for those workers who have been retrenched from their work positions. Help them to recover from the shock and the feeling of indignity that this creates. Prompt them Lord, to adopt attitudes of courage and to do everything in their power to secure alternative employment. Give them faith and hope. In Christ I ask it – AMEN.
“My hope comes from (God)”.
Psalm 62:5 NIV
A British Methodist minister, Colin Morris, said, “The Christian gospel … sees things whole and sees them steadily and yet still insists that there is a saving possibility in the most desperate situation” (The Hammer of the Lord, p86). This statement describes the quality of hope. This is not the same as optimism which looks on the bright side of things, sometimes ignoring ominous warning signs to the contrary. Hope sees that the situation is desperate but looks to the power and grace of God and believes that he both can and will act in ways beyond the understanding or reckoning of humans. “Towards the end of his life, the founder of the Salvation Army, General William Booth, summed up Christian hope. He was already blind, but was on his own in his study one beautiful summer’s evening. Opening the door and finding him there alone his daughter took his arm and took him to the west-facing window. Then she said, ‘Dad, can you see the sunset?’ He replied, ‘No, my dear, I can’t see the sunset. But I shall see the sunrise’” (The Soldier’s Armoury, 1978, p23).
The psalmist had previously referred to God as his salvation and his fortress. Now he changes one word. God is now his hope. We do not hope because we are “sunny” people. We hope because we know that God has done mighty things, and can do them again. He has done mighty things in our lives, too, as well as in his world. He is not about to pack up tomorrow. Hence our hope comes from our knowledge of who God is and how he works. Place your hope in him. Look for the sunrise.
Lord, inspire me to hope in you.
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