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I pray, Lord for Christian missionaries who seek to bring the light of the gospel into places of darkness. Give them spiritual strength and plenty of courage to withstand disappointment, opposition and criticism. Help them to find comfort in the gospel of Jesus. I ask it in his name – AMEN.
Lord, I pray for Christians who, at this very moment, are being interrogated, imprisoned and tortured because of their faith in you. Help especially those who are being killed for you. Hold them close to you and enable them to bear a good witness. I ask it in Christ – AMEN.
Lord God, I hand this day to you. Do in it whatever you will with me. Make me pliable in your hands, attentive to your command, and willing to obey you in matters both large and small. Let something of your love reach others through me. And keep me humble. In Christ I ask – AMEN.
“You brought us to a place of abundance”.
Ps 66:12 NIV
Most of us are great grumblers. We complain about big things and about trivialities. And some people who appear to have “everything” can still, it seems, find grouses to outdo those of others. Often it is simply a matter of perceptions. A recent survey indicated that the perceptions of their country by people living in South Africa were hugely negative – more so than those of people in other countries of their own lands.
In this phrase the psalmist, reflecting back on the conditions their ancestors had endured in Egypt, acknowledges that, by comparison, the home they now had in Israel was a place of plenty. It is salutary. There is a phrase we sometimes use, “Be grateful for small mercies”. Indeed, and we should be even more grateful for big ones.
The apostle Paul traipsed through Syria, Turkey and Greece, bringing the gospel of Jesus and finished in prison. He wrote a number of letters from prison, one of them being what we know as his letter to the Philippians. Writing from prison he thanked the Christians there for gifts they had sent him, adding, “I have learned to be content whatever the circumstances. I know what it is to be in need, and I know what it is to have plenty. I have learned the secret of being content in any and every situation” (Phil 4:11,12 NIV).
The spiritual truth is that if you are grateful to God and as a Christian disciple you should be, then you will be grateful for any and every way in which God provides for you. Be grateful for your daily needs, for your health, your loved ones, your assets, your income, your church community – for everything.
Lord, thank you for my place of abundance.
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