Lord, I pray today for people suffering from Aids. In their loneliness may they know that you love them more surely than any human friend or relative. In their uncertainty and sense of rejection hold them in your warm and strong hands. In their weakness give them your might and help. Bring more remedies for healing. In Christ’s name. AMEN
Lord I thank you for the aptitudes, skills, learnings and experiences that I have. These are resources that I use in many situations and especially in my work. I thank you for the opportunities that I have had to get an education, and for all those who have helped me along the way. Help me to give my utmost to serve you. In Christ’s name. AMEN
Lord, as I think back, I have to admit that there are people who have been hurt by things I have said or done – or failed to. Please forgive me for my lack of sensitivity and thoughtlessness. Help them to put the hurt behind them and to move forward and if possible for them to forgive me as well. I ask it in the name of Jesus Christ. AMEN
“You are my fortress, my refuge in times of trouble”.
Psalm 59:16 NIV
We all have times of trouble – at least those of us who are “ordinary mortals” do. Sometimes we find ourselves in conflict with an important person. At other times we wonder how so much debt can have mounted up – and how ever we will get it sorted out. An accident can really give us many problems. Sickness, is something we can all do without. Troubles in our work situation can plague us. Unhappiness in our church can be most unpleasant. When we become adults we learn soon enough that trouble is normal, and we brace ourselves for it.
Israel has plenty of hill country which afforded people, and especially military commanders, places where they could hide. There were caves up in the mountains. And they built forts and castles where they could find both shelter from the cold winds and a place from which they could mount attacks. One of the best-known was at Megiddo on the southern side of the hills that line the plain of Esdraelon. The Canaanites used it as a fortress before the Israelites returned from Egypt. David, being a warrior-king, knew where the natural fortresses were, and also the man-made ones. The fortress provided a ready-made picture for God. What the fortress was to the soldier, God was to the believer – a valuable source of refuge.
Use God as your fortress too. Turn to him in your troubles, trials and tribulations. Confide in him the nature of your problems and ask for his help. But do not become a permanent escapist. Retreat to God as your refuge in order to regroup so that you can engage again with the real world.
Lord God, be a refuge for me and equip me to cope with the world.
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