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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.
I pray today Lord for who are involved in healing – doctors, surgeons, nurses, psychologists, specialists, pharmacists, physiotherapists and all other healers. Let them know they are appointed by you and they co-operate with you, maybe even unknowingly. I ask in Jesus’ name – AMEN.
“The Lord says to Jerusalem, ‘Foreigners will rebuild your walls, and their kings will serve you’”.
Isa 60:10 GNB
In ancient times nations vied with each other for supremacy and also for prestige. When one country overcame another, it was the custom that the winning country took a large number of the conquered people back with them to serve as slaves and slave -labourers. This added to the sense of power and dominance exercised by the triumphant nation – and especially the emperor. It also paved the way for the erection of eye-catching “public works” buildings that served as show pieces. This was a far cry from Jerusalem that had, for nearly fifty years, been a picture of desolation and despair, ruin and rubble. The really heart-warming aspect of the hope for Isaiah was that the renewal and rebuilding would not be hard labour for the Israelites but the sight of foreigners sweating it out at the command of the Israelites would show just how far the tables had turned – and therefore what a really mighty God their God was. There is, of course, a big dose of nationalism in this prospect!
The Christian church should be careful that it does not get sucked into this sort of thinking. It does not see itself as being here to be served but to serve. Jesus himself knew that his role was that of a servant. “The Son of Man did not come to be served but to serve, and to give his life as a ransom for many” (Mk 10:45 NIV). The servant Christ is always the model for Christ’s followers. Our role is not to “lord it over” other people, but to take the towel and basin, as Jesus did at the last supper, and humbly serve.
Lord, make me willing always to be a servant for you.
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