Monday Prayer 02.05.18

Psa 28:6-9 ESV – 
6 Blessed be the LORD! For he has heard the voice of my pleas for mercy. 
7 The LORD is my strength and my shield; in him my heart trusts, and I am helped; my heart exults, and with my song I give thanks to him. 
8 The LORD is the strength of his people; he is the saving refuge of his anointed. 
9 Oh, save your people and bless your heritage! Be their shepherd and carry them forever.
My Heavenly Father,
You hear me when I cry out to You. . .the God of the universe, the Sovereign Ruler of all creation, and You turn Your attention to me, and hear my cries for help and mercy.
When all my strength is gone, You supply Your strength to obey You, Your strength to submit to Your will. You shield me from despair. You shield me from fear and worry. God, Your shield has no weak spots; Your shield is solid, is sure. Your strength is sufficient.
Lord, You are my Shepherd. I am Your sheep. You care for me. You notice me. I am not useless to You. Oh, God, continue to strengthen me to do what You have asked me to do! Continue to shield me from doubt and faithlessness. 
For my loved ones who do not trust in You  . . .Oh, God, grant them mercy! Open their eyes to repent of their folly and turn their hearts to Your salvation. Bring them into Your sheepfold. Save them. Rescue them. 
As long as I live I will exult in Your goodness, Your mercy, Your salvation. You are an amazing God! And You are my Shepherd,
This week’s focus on the persecuted church:  Eritrea
(by clicking on the link, you will read facts and specific prayer concerns)

Monday Prayer 01.29.18

Psa 3:1-8 ESV – 
1 A Psalm of David, when he fled from Absalom his son. O LORD, how many are my foes! Many are rising against me; 
2 many are saying of my soul, there is no salvation for him in God. Selah 
3 But you, O LORD, are a shield about me, my glory, and the lifter of my head. 
4 I cried aloud to the LORD, and he answered me from his holy hill. Selah 
5 I lay down and slept; I woke again, for the LORD sustained me. 
6 I will not be afraid of many thousands of people who have set themselves against me all around. 
7 Arise, O LORD! Save me, O my God! For you strike all my enemies on the cheek; you break the teeth of the wicked. 
8 Salvation belongs to the LORD; your blessing be on your people! Selah
What a tremendous gift that I am Your child. You have saved me; and You stay with me. I can cry out to You at any time, and know that You hear me. I can trust that You will always act in my best interest; yes, even when circumstances are difficult, even when life is painful and confusing.
Thank You for being my Sustainer; for being my shield from evil, even for lifting my head to look at You when I just want to focus on me . . .
You are such an amazing God!
This year I am adding a new item to Monday prayer. Each week will highlight a country that is on the OpenDoors World Watch List of the countries in the world that are the most difficult for Christians. I will provide a link that gives some details. Let’s remember our brothers and sisters who are living in very difficult places. God is their Sustainer!