I pray today, Lord for the families of those leaders who are called to oppose tyranny and wickedness. As they often get forgotten, do you remember them Lord and strengthen them to support, help and inspire their loved ones and to encourage them. I ask it in Christ’s name – AMEN.
Lord, I pause today to thank you for the lives of those significant leaders who have stood up to tyranny and opposed wickedness in high places. I thank you for the costly sacrifices they made and for the courage they have exhibited. Thank you for their faith. I ask it ln Christ’s name – AMEN.
Lord, I pray for little children starting school today. Help them to enjoy their first day and not to be afraid of being parted from their mothers. Open their minds to the things their teachers will impart to them and make them determined to learn and grow. In Christ’s name – AMEN.
“Protect me from the plots of the wicked, from evil mobs. They sharpen their tongues like swords and aim cruel words like arrows”.
Ps 64:2, 3 GNB
Some time ago a man phoned a long-time friend to inform him that his wife had just died. The sixty -years-long friend said during a long conversation, “You know the quality of her life grew on you as the years passed by. When you met again it always seemed as if there had been no interval. The warmth and friendship was constant. You feel now that she has gone that your life has been enriched by having known her”. There are some people who, because of their rich humanity and deep faith enrich you – quite unconsciously. Most Christian believers know other disciples who could be described in this way.
The psalmist was overwhelmed by the other sort of people. The world has plenty of them. They specialise in “rubbing you up the wrong way”. The only thing about them that you can rely on is the certainty that they are up to mischief somewhere. They do not know how to serve selflessly. Everything they get into is exploited for their own immature self-interest. You wish you didn’t have to associate with them and you feel the poorer for having known them. The people of whom the psalmist spoke so scathingly were this kind of people. They did not enhance his faith. They tested it to the utmost.
Christian disciples need to cultivate the maturity and strength that rubs off on other disciples and makes them better people. Be a person of prayer, of love, of caring, an example to others and a guide to younger and less experienced disciples of Jesus. Give yourself.
Lord, enable me to be a person of wisdom, love and strength.
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