This has been on my mind:
The Body of Christ…all over the world.
The Western Christian church, particularly in the USA.
Marriages & families.
The amplified perception of evil & the reality of evil in the world.
The past and how it relates to the present.
Moses, Jesus (again), Daniel, Joseph (Jacob’s son), etc…
God Almighty- El Shaddai.
Prayer for today:
Holy Father- You are mighty and worthy of our praise, no matter what the conditions may be. You have instructed us to pray without ceasing and I am so thankful that we can come to you, asking for your intervention and help.
The world is a scary place right now and many of your people are suffering. Places far from my home are experiencing horrific invasion by the enemy– who is at the root of all evil in the world. Christians around the world are dying horrible deaths. Women and children are being ripped from their families, held captive by evil and perverse men & women. Father, please have mercy and deliver these children, these girls & boys, these men & women. Not just those who know You as Savior & Lord, but also the ones who have not yet had the chance to hear the truth– that You love them and sent Jesus to die for them.
Strengthen those held captive. Whisper words of love, truth and comfort to their souls. Give all of these precious ones the grace to remain faithful to you, no matter the pressure or fear that threatens to overtake and destroy them. I am asking You for miraculous deliverance. You set Peter free from his jail cell and Paul & Silas too. You have not changed— You are the same yesterday, today and forever.
Father, I lift up the Church, especially in America and the west. Keep us from petty differences and strife. Please forgive us for competitiveness, selfishness, fear & worry. Help us to not squander our time. You have given each of us resources and gifts according to Your will, according to your purpose and plan. We repent for getting caught up in worldliness, busyness, politics, fruitless arguments and conversations. Keep us from the things that distract and tear down. Help us to recognize when we are straying from your righteous ways and your path. Put a hunger in us for truth and righteousness– the grace to be doers of the word, true disciples, and not merely hearers of your word.
Father, please bless and strengthen marriages and families. Help us to nurture and build up our spouse and our children– they are your gifts to us. Heal marriages and families. Bring peace. Please provide good, stable work for the people that need jobs. Give each of us the grace we need to seek your face, to receive wisdom and understanding, to hear you speak to us personally as you direct our paths.
Lord, we can get so distracted by the news– all the horrific, relentlessly depressing news, that we can begin to forget that You are God. Almighty God, El Shaddai. The world has been a dangerous, unjust place for a very long time, but again, You have not changed and you never will. Your arm is not short, that it can not save. You hear us when we cry out and your perform your word! You kept Daniel while in the lion’s den; You empowered Moses to lead your people through the wilderness, even as you protected and kept him safe from his infancy on up. The ultimate example is our Lord Jesus, who even as He walked this earth and lived among us, was kept by your powerful hand. He knew Judas would betray him; knew that Peter would deny him; knew that for your plan to be fulfilled, you would forsake him for a time…
Holy Father, open our eyes to see how much you love us and give us the grace to trust you with all the unknowns in our life. We want to be a light in the darkness, an example of peace in the storm. Be glorified in us Jesus. It’s in your name that we pray.