Lord God, help those lonely old people who are facing the declining years on their own and with no family support. Give them friends who will talk with them and spend time with them. Help them to grow patiently in faith and trust in you, to look forward in hope to reunions in heaven and to keep well. I ask it in the name of Jesus Christ – AMEN.
I pray today Lord, for bus drivers. Help them to be fully aware of the huge responsibility they carry to ensure the safety of their passengers. Prevent them from taking risks. Help them to concentrate completely on their driving so that in any emergency they are in complete control. Help them to be wide awake at all times. I ask it in Christ – AMEN.
Lord, thank you for giving me hope, for enabling me to look forward positively and confidently because I can always count on your presence and your love in the future. I know the years must roll by and I must get old and eventually frail. But Lord, let me never lose hope in you, nor give way to despair. I ask it in Jesus Christ’s name – AMEN.
“You will keep in perfect peace him whose mind is steadfast, because he trusts in you.”
Isaiah 26:3 NIV
People have devised various techniques to acquire peace of mind. Some have involved physical exercise. Others have worked out systems of relaxation and mind control. Discipline is required in all of these. Many people seem to be cool, calm and collected by nature and can appear to be unruffled when things go wrong or when they are under pressure. Such people are often admired by those who tend to panic and go to pieces when problems arise. But the Holy Spirit works at a deeper level altogether. He is, after all, a blessing from God.
The peace enjoyed by the great disciples of Jesus who have been filled with the Holy Spirit is best seen in their lives. One of the greatest was the Indian Christian leader, Sadhu Sundar Singh.
“He was preaching the gospel in a forbidden area. He ‘could not from his praise forbear’. Arrested and convicted, he was condemned to be stripped naked and exposed for a night and a day in the market place, his body being covered with leeches. When the authorities assembled the next morning, they expected dead or crazed in agony.
He was not dead. He was alive and so calm of countenance that they were awestruck and convinced of his possession by some supernatural power. They immediately ordered his release. Though he fell unconscious at the word of dismissal, his unruffled calm was still with him when he came round, and still with him as he slowly crawled away. Speaking of the experience afterwards, he said that ‘all the while he enjoyed an experience of intense inward peace” (W. E. Sangster, The Pure in Heart, p122).
Lord, make me an example of your peace indwelling a person.
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