Lord, I pray that you will walk with me throughout this day. If the day brings joy, help me to be thankful. If it brings difficulties give me courage to face them sensibly and courageously. If I have to face angry or difficult people help me to stay calm and unruffled. Show me where I can help anyone in need. Through Christ I pray. AMEN
Lord, help those who will assist others involved in accidents today. Help the police to be caring and sensitive with all those they have to deal with. Sustain ambulance personnel and paramedics in the tricky work they have to do with shaken, frightened and injured people. Help them to comfort those who are hurt. In Christ’s name. AMEN
Lord, I pray for all who will be involved in accidents today. Help them to recover from the shock they will experience quickly. Help those who are injured and bring assistance to them quickly. If they are critically affected, give them the will to hold on to life and to do what they can to assist those who are seeing to them. In Christ’s name. AMEN
“He gives hearing to the deaf, speech to the speechless”.
Mark 7:37 EHP
From start to finish the Bible assumes God exists, but that he is one amongst many. Much of its message claims that he is the only effective God, and that he is loving, just and powerful. The Jews in Jesus’ day knew God as their private protector and lawgiver. His law was supreme but if you broke it there were techniques and drills to follow that would restore right relations with him. The God who sent Jesus and whom Jesus revealed, was a new “edition”. Jesus Christ’s constant conflict with the powers of evil in the demons and diseases was a fight to the death to impose the power of God over the forces that impaired people’s lives. All of his miracles (as we deem them) were miracles of the kingdom – the kingly rule of God that was superior to the rule of the evil powers. When Jesus rose from the dead it was the final act of kingly defiance of the evil powers and a pointing forward to the final battle that God would win at the end of time.
Today we know what kind of a God he is. Despite so many seeming triumphs of the present evil powers who often claim supremacy, God is still the same God and he still rules in ascendancy over evil, destruction and death.
Lord, help me to believe beyond the superficial signs of the power of evil.
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