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I pray today Lord for all Christian believers who are going through a dark and difficult time. Give them courage and lead them to people who can help and guide them. Assure them that they will come through and will find their faith deepened and strengthened. I ask in Jesus’ name – AMEN.
I pray Lord for all who are beset by fears, and especially those who cannot seem to think of anything else. If they are nervously ill, take hold of them and help them to deepen their faith in you. Help them to stop thinking only of their problems. I ask it in Jesus’ name – AMEN.
I pray today Lord, for seekers after truth everywhere, whatever their beliefs, philosophy of life or thought discipline. Help me to be one such, never afraid of seeing the truth where I have not found it before. Make me always ready to move forward. I ask it in Jesus Christ’s name – AMEN.
“It is because of your sins that he doesn’t hear you. It is your sins that separate you from God when you try to worship him. You are guilty of lying, violence and murder”.
Isa 59:2, 3 GNB
We humans are strangely complex people. We can switch from being caring, loving and gentle one minute and then flare up into the most violent temper the next. That means we can be fickle. Likewise, when we worship God, we can be worked up into a state of euphoria by singing a mighty hymn to a stirring tune at one stage in a service and then feel utterly bored by a dry sermon (and even drift off to sleep?) a few minutes later. And watch sports fans at a football match change their mood when the referee awards the opposition a penalty they know will cause their team to lose. And sometimes worship can be very superficial. A prominent businessman worshipped in a church other than his own one Sunday. The minister remarked to an official of the church how good it was to see the said businessman in church. “Don’t be fooled by him” replied the member. “He’s standing for town council and came touting for votes in next week’s election”.
One of the problems in Israelite society in the time of Isaiah was this same contradiction between what God commanded of people and what they lived up to. There was probably no understanding of worship as being therapeutic, enabling the repentance that is needed for a person to mend their ways and become more holy. Examine your own soul to see how well your conduct measures up to what you know God accepts. Leave behind ways you know God would not approve.
Lord, search my heart and help me to become more pure.
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