Lord, I pray today for those people migrating to other countries, and especially those crossing dangerous seas in overloaded boats. Protect them even within the hazards they are facing. Help the ties of family love to hold together those moving as families. Bring them to a safe place and help them to settle with courage. In Christ I ask it. AMEN
Lord, bless those counsellors who today will find themselves facing people who have made a mess of their lives, through their own stupidity, weakness and failure. Help them to be perceptive and to remain non-judgmental in all their conversations. Guide them into creative steps together, and the resolve to start anew. I ask in Christ. AMEN
Lord, I pray today for Christian ministers who will find themselves faced with people in deep trouble. Give them patience and the ability to listen attentively, and sensitive to the pain in people’s feelings. Help them to lead people to see themselves as being held within the love of God and undergirded by the everlasting arms. In Christ I ask it. AMEN
“I will not be afraid. What can mortal man do to me?”
Psalm 56:4 NIV
The chaplain in a concentration camp in World War II was taken off to execution, a very cruel action in an already terrible situation. “In the abyss of forsakenness the Christians in the camp assembled secretly. They were not afraid of their tears and their spiritual need, but they prayed this fifty-sixth Psalm ‘ … this I know that God is on my side… in God I trust… what can mortal man do to me?’” (The Soldier’s Armoury, 1979, p102).
David knew that, though his enemies were powerful, he could praise God because he knew that evil was not supreme. And he knew that God was on his side. Faith always looks, not at how formidable the obstacles, problems, or enemies of God are, but at how mighty God is. David had already faced Goliath, the Philistine giant. With faith in God, although he was only a shepherd boy – and young at that – he had brought the giant low because he knew that God was not defeated by human giants – however fearsome they might appear to ordinary mortals.
Do not be overawed by people who try to intimidate you. Inside they are probably more fearful than you. Jesus faced both King Herod and Pontius Pilate calmly and courageously because he was focused elsewhere and he saw beyond the proud pretentions of men. Even those who might, in extreme circumstances, inflict bodily harm, are still in the last analysis subject to the sovereign rule of God. The martyrs of the Christian church have all gone to their deaths knowing that finally God is still supreme and sovereign. Never let that belief diminish or falter.
Lord, give me courage and faith, always.
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