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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.
Lord, I pray today for my country. May those in national leadership positions be fully aware of the responsibilities they carry. Help them to make wise decisions. Give them vision, and enable them to know that in the end they are accountable to you. In Christ’s name I ask it. AMEN.
“For those who fear you, you have raised a banner”.
Psalm 60:4 NIV
In the movie, “The Longest Day”, the story of the D-Day landings in Normandy in World War II, there came a point where a battalion of Scottish troops landed on the beaches and moved up to the battle front. Each time this unit was shown in action there was a piper marching in front of the troops. Slowly the pipes filled with air and out came a tune amidst the noise of battle. The sight and sound of the bagpipes spurred the troops on as they sought to advance. This was the Scottish way of raising a banner.
The psalm declares that God has done the same thing for the embattled Israelites. Banners were used as rallying points for troops in preparation for battle and for leading them into action. When the action erupts in warfare the soldiers get scattered and lose contact with their units very easily. Raising a banner serves as a mustering point, a place to re-group in order to fight again. It also stirs the blood and encourages the fighting men to renewed valour. The psalmist was saying, in effect, “You have allowed us to be hammered in battle. Now get us going again. Your presence, Lord, serves as a banner which will give us new heart and your right hand will give us new strength”.
For Christian believers, Christ has raised a banner for us by his crucifixion. This banner has comforted the dying. It has inspired courage in those being martyred for their faith. It has been the good news which missionaries have taken to foreign lands. It has been the reconciling point between estranged people. It is the hope, both for the church and for the world.
Lord, help us to rally around your cross.
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