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Lord God Almighty, let this day, with all the worship, all the prayer and all the teaching, be a day in which your glory shines through in everything. Let worshippers see it and be caught up in it. Let your glory radiate from pole to pole. I ask it in the name of the Son of Glory – AMEN.
Lord, another week comes to an end. Thank you for the strength and energy you gave me to complete my work. Now help me to enjoy this weekend and to do things that are relaxing. Thank you for time that I can spend with my family members. I ask it in Jesus’ name – AMEN.
Lord, I pray for those families which have been suddenly bereaved of a loved one without any warning. Bind them together in their grief and mourning. Help them to think back on good times, happy days and treasured memories. Help them to go on loving. I ask it in Jesus – AMEN.
“You, God, tested us; you refined us like silver”.
Ps 66:10 NIV
A person once met a man who lived in the mountains going to cut some wood with which to repair his wagon. “I need the toughest I can get” he said, “and that kind always grows on the top of the mountain where the storms hit the hardest” (Soldier’s Armoury 1981, p75). Many people encounter hardship, suffering or deprivation and such adversity can break them. But many others find that God strengthens them and that their faith ripens when the winds of adversity blow strongly. They emerge more mature, more compassionate, and more sensitive to other people’s suffering. Some even find that their suffering becomes a gateway to achiev- ing greatness. Nelson Mandela would be many people’s example of refinement under adversity.
The psalmist saw their time in slavery in Egypt as the suffering of his fellow Israelites. Their long and difficult journey through the wilderness afterwards was as well. Taking the analogy of a metal being refined by fire, he sees the strengthening of the people emerging as a result. “A metal can be refined only if it goes through the furnace, be melted, and then be re-created in a new form. Before it entered the flames, it was, of course, a precious commodity, even though it was still mixed with dross. Yet the dross in it simply must be burned away” (G.A.F. Knight, The Psalms Vol 1, p299).
God does not call his people to a bed of roses. As Dietrich Bonhoeffer, the German Christian leader in World War II said, “When Christ calls a person, he bids him come and die” (Bonhoeffer, The Cost of Discipleship, p7). As a Christian disciple, expect to be refined in the fires of affliction .
Lord, help me to endure whatever testing you may call me to.
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