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Lord, I pray today for all politicians and statesmen who have to handle the affairs of state. Grant to them great wisdom in dealing with foreign countries and their leaders. Help them with skilled advisers and knowledgeable resource people. I ask it in Jesus Christ’s name – AMEN.
Lord, bless today all those people who are celebrating a significant birthday after many have gone. Help them to look back and recall times that were full of joy and meaningful activity. Surround them with people who appreciate them now. I ask it in Jesus Christ’s name – AMEN.
Lord, befriend those families where a member has committed suicide. Fold your arms around them in warmth and comfort. Enable them to hold on in the darkness they must feel all round them. Let them know that their loved one is safe in your care. I ask it in Jesus’ name – AMEN.
“You will know that I, the Lord, have saved you, that the mighty God of Israel sets you free”.
Isa 60:16 GNB
When the Israelites suffered a military defeat in 586 B.C. at the hands of the Babylonians most of the population of Jerusalem were carried off as captives and slaves. Reflecting on their fate in Babylon they concluded that God had allowed them to be defeated because of their sins. The worst of these was that of worshipping foreign gods. After nearly fifty years God raised up a new emperor in Persia by the name of Cyrus who set about defeating the Babylonians. He did so, much to the delight of the Israelites and Cyrus allowed them to return to Jerusalem. The Israelites’ view of history was that this act of rescue was an act of God. He had allowed them to suffer long enough. Now it was time for him to assert himself, save them and restore them. This belief was picking up from the exodus where God had rescued their forefathers from captivity in Egypt centuries earlier. That was what God did. He was a Saviour-God. These acts gave him the character of being a saving God. This understanding paved the way for Jesus to be hailed as his Son and the Christians’ Saviour yet more centuries down the line.
Never think that history is solely in the hands of politicians, kings and presidents. They are major players, but beyond them there is one whose sovereignty extends over all the earth and he rules in righteousness and justice. Often his actions are hidden. Frequently the human actors are all that can be seen.
But God is still the mighty God who saves, redeems and restores. And he guides the world on its way.
Lord, never abandon your world and its people.
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