Lord, forgive me for the nasty habit I have got into of looking down on other people – those who are poorer than I am, those who have other views on life, those of other races and religions. Help me to think more positively and to treat them as your children. In Christ’s name I ask. AMEN
I think today Lord, of those who will not have even a crust of bread to eat. Guide them where to go to and what to do to find food. Move those who have plenty to have compassion for those who are hungry and bring about a better world economic order. In Christ. AMEN
Lord God, I am worried about the world. The Middle East seems to be about to blow up, and the world economy seems to be stuttering. Terrorists seem to be holding the world to ransom, and no one seems to know what to believe or do. Help us out of the mess. I ask in Christ. AMEN
“Their insults cannot hurt me because the Sovereign Lord gives me help”.
Isaiah 50:7 GNB
Perhaps the most basic of all the human instincts is the will to survive. There is a crime wave – so we instantly put up higher walls, electric fences, electronic beams and we acquire guard dogs. And many leave the country because, they say, “We don’t want to become another crime statistic”. And we pray to God that he will throw his sheltering arms around us.
The servant of the Lord knew he would be unpopular. He would provoke enemies who would try all manner of evil and violence against him. But his courage was strong and his faith in God was sturdy. He would endure the opposition for the sake of the cause he was espousing, and in order to fulfil his vocation to serve God and the Lord’s people. Any servant of God in that kind of situation would trust the Lord for protection.
When Jesus came, he approached the enmity towards him differently. He submitted silently to his accusers and went to the cross. What is more, he promised the same kind of fate to his followers. “If anyone wants to come with me… he must forget self, carry his cross, and follow me. For whoever wants to save his own life will lose it; but whoever loses his life for me and for the gospel will save it” (Mk 8: 34,35 GNB). One of the strong features of the Christian faith is the way that Christ has inspired his followers to put their lives on the line in his service. Many have made huge sacrifices just in order to do humble mission tasks for him. Some have paid the supreme sacrifice. And some have been protected from danger.
Lord, thank you for all who have died serving you.
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