Lord God I pray today for police officers as they go about their duties. Protect them from harm, and help them to keep calm in all situations. Bless their loved ones waiting at home, fearful of what might happen to them. Help them to cherish each other. In Jesus’ name I ask it. AMEN.
Lord, I thank you today for my parents, for all the sacrifices they made for me, the way they brought me up, and the example they set. Forgive me for not having been more appreciative when I was younger. And make me a good Christian parent, I pray. AMEN.
Lord God, if at any time today I feel afraid, give me new courage and the sense that you are close. If I am tempted to do wrong or to say a hasty word, hold me back. If I am inclined to judge another person harshly, stop me from doing it. Help me to live like Jesus. In his name. AMEN.
“In time to come you will acknowledge that I am God and that I have spoken to you”.
Isaiah 52:6 GNB
There are many times when people are worried, disappointed, afraid and confused. Not just as individuals, but as groups and sometimes whole nations. They do not know what to make of anything and usually, at such times, cannot understand what is going on.
It is likely that the Israelite exiles in Babylon were in that kind of situation. Maybe too, so were the remnant left behind in Jerusalem. For both groups of people one supreme puzzle would have baffled them – why ever did God who had chosen them, guided them, rescued them loved them, allow them to be so brutally beaten up by the heathen Babylonians? It would have made no sense at all. It would have meant that the idols whom the Babylonians worshipped as their gods were more powerful than their Jehovah- God. He had just stood by and let the calamity happen. So Isaiah had to reassure them that, whilst it didn’t make sense at the time, God would make it plain sometime in the future. And part of his message was, “I have spoken to you”. For God, his speech was his action for his word was powerful. The messages of the prophets were some of the most moving and profound thoughts of the whole Old Testament. They were God himself speaking.
He still speaks. He spoke in sending Jesus Christ to planet earth. He became “The Word made flesh”. Now he speaks through his messengers – interpreters, theologians, preachers, pastors, priests. On occasion he may even speak through secular novelists, poets, playwrights and film makers.
He may give guidance to an individual believer in his or her time of devotion.
Lord, when you speak to me, enable me to hear.
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