Lord may this day become a day lived to your glory and honour. Help me to remember your loving kindness down all the previous years of my life. Help me to concentrate on Jesus, to radiate his love, to know his truth, to live as a disciple of his should, and to introduce others to him. AMEN.
Lord, give me strength to carry out all the things I have to do today, whether they are big or small. If I have been putting things off, help me to get stuck in to them and find satisfaction in doing them. Show me how to express appreciation to others for their help. In Christ’s name. AMEN.
Lord, I pray for people who are ill today. Remind them that Jesus is the divine physician whatever their medical advisers may do. Jesus, touch them as you touched lepers in Galilee, and bring them back to wholeness, I pray. Help them to have faith in you. In Jesus’ name. AMEN.
“My heart is steadfast, O God”.
Psalm 57:7 NIV
We think of the heart as the centre of our emotions. Physically, it is a pump that moves the blood around the body! Nevertheless our emotions are real – we experience love, thanksgiving, fear, anger and excitement – and we think of them all as emanating from the heart. But emotions come and go and they are not easy either to control or to manufacture. We also have reason and we regard reason and emotions as being opposite to each other. And we have a delightful saying, “The heart has reasons reason knows not of”.
The Hebrew poet, however meant something slightly different from what we mean by “heart”. For him it referred to his inner thoughts, or what we might call his “soul” or “spirit” rather than his emotions. The psalmist has known fear caused by enemies who sought his life. But that emotion has passed and he has moved on to a state where his faith has come out on top. He has faced his fears but his strong awareness of God has carried him through to steadfastness of heart.
Steadfastness is a quality many people of God exhibit. In the early years of Christianity when persecutions from Roman Emperors endeavoured to wipe out the faith, many believers (though not all) stood firm and steadfastly proclaimed Jesus Christ as Lord of all in the face of death by burning at the stake or being eaten by lions. A similar fate has awaited some Christian leaders in the communist controlled countries of eastern Europe during the twentieth century. Many there too in the time of their utmost trial found steadfastness of heart as they followed Christ to a premature death. In less trying circumstances will you be steadfast?
Lord, help me to remain firm and steadfast.
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