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Monday Prayer 01.15.18

Psa 11:1 In the LORD I take refuge; how can you say to my soul, “Flee like a bird to your mountain, 
2 for behold, the wicked bend the bow; they have fitted their arrow to the string to shoot in the dark at the upright in heart; 
3 if the foundations are destroyed, what can the righteous do?” 
4 The LORD is in his holy temple; the LORD’s throne is in heaven; his eyes see, his eyelids test the children of man. 
5 The LORD tests the righteous, but his soul hates the wicked and the one who loves violence. 
6 Let him rain coals on the wicked; fire and sulfur and a scorching wind shall be the portion of their cup. 
7 For the LORD is righteous; he loves righteous deeds; the upright shall behold his face.
 
O, Mighty God in heaven,
I am so thankful that You are my God. I have a refuge in You. There is so much wrong in this world. Sometimes I just want to run away . . .but then I remember that You are here. You are Sovereign. You have a plan.
You are not blind or disinterested; You are merciful and long-suffering. You could rain judgment on this earth in a moment, and end the evil and the wrong. But You are giving opportunity for people to repent and be saved, because You love us. God, I am so incredibly self-centered! My pain is so temporary; I am Your child, and my inheritance and eternity is with You. But there are so many who do not know Your salvation, and every minute spent in rebellion against You draws them closer to judgment. O, Father, open their eyes and soften their hearts to repent and put their faith in You. 
Lord, thank You for sending Your children to tell the blind and perishing world of Your love and Your salvation. Thank You for being their refuge and their confidence. I pray that others would obey Your call. Oh, God, we need to love as You do — not merely looking to our own interests, but looking to the needs of others. And the desperate need of so many “others” is to be saved . . .
Thank You for saving me. Thank You for Your mercy. Thank You for giving me an eternal home with You. 
amen

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