Lord, I pray today for people suffering from ailments or diseases which are proving difficult for their doctors to diagnose. Help them to be patient and not to lose hope that the doctors will put their finger on the problem and be able to treat it. Guide the medical consultants to the exact assessment of the problems. In Christ I ask it – AMEN.
Today, Lord, I pray for those people who manage the investment funds of the public. Give them integrity and honesty and the scrupulous discretion to avoid making decisions that will enrich themselves but impoverish their clients. Give them wisdom and skill in discernment in all their dealings. I ask it in the name of Jesus Christ – AMEN.
Lord, I pray for those elderly people living in old age homes. Help them to look back on golden years gone by with warmth and with positive feelings. Enable them to maintain old friendships and to make new ones. Prompt them to look forward with faith and hope and to die eventually with dignity and grace. I ask it in Jesus’ name – AMEN.
“How long will you assault a man? Would all of you throw him down – this leaning wall, this tottering fence?”
Psalm 62:3 NIV
Occasionally we get a glimpse of the inner struggles and frailties of famous people. Some years ago a world-famous cricketer confessed to having engaged in match-fixing activities. It was a sad revelation of a flawed personality. A high-ranking international financial figure was found guilty of immoral activity with a hotel chamber-maid. Many people are equally frail in different ways. And not only the famous!
The psalmist was facing opposition from a group of people who may have been slandering him or seeking to end his life. The attack was mounted on him by a number of people simultaneously. It seemed to him that they were coming at him from all sides. This combined onslaught was sufficient to undermine his confidence in his own ability to withstand the pressure. He felt he was about to give way, like a wall leaning over and only being held up by a wooden prop or two, or like a fence that was already tottering. These are graphic descriptions of human frailty. They point to two realities. One is that we ourselves can become vulnerable when we are put under sufficient pressure. The little securities with which we surround ourselves can be quickly weakened by hitherto unknown influences. It also shows us that other people have a breaking-point, and we can never predict when that will come. The psalmist wisely looked to God for solidity and strength to hold up under the pressure.
Look to Christ for strength to remain upright in all respects. Don’t lean over – lean on God!
Lord, support and strengthen me in all the pressures of life.
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