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weekly prayer 07.02.18

Psalm 119:65-72 ESV – [Teth] 
65 You have dealt well with your servant, O LORD, according to your word. 
66 Teach me good judgment and knowledge, for I believe in your commandments. 
67 Before I was afflicted I went astray, but now I keep your word. 
68 You are good and do good; teach me your statutes. 
69 The insolent smear me with lies, but with my whole heart I keep your precepts; 
70 their heart is unfeeling like fat, but I delight in your law. 
71 It is good for me that I was afflicted, that I might learn your statutes. 
72 The law of your mouth is better to me than thousands of gold and silver pieces.
 
Precious Heavenly Father
You are good, and Your are faithful. You never change. I can trust You completely. You have given me Your Word so I can trace Your faithfulness throughout the ages, and know that Your faithfulness, Your goodness will continue forever and ever.
 
O, God, I need You to teach me good judgment. I need knowledge. I need eyes to see what is right and just, because, truthfully, when I am in the midst of this affliction, this pain and sorrow and confusion, my flesh just wants out — I just want to run away. It hurts. It’s confusing. It doesn’t feel good. 
 
But I have to come back to You and to Your Word. You are the same, yesterday, today, forever. You have always done what is best for me. Your glory, Your will, is the purpose, and You always accomplish Your will. My sorrow has purpose; my pain has purpose; even any injustice or conflict, You can work out for Your honor and glory. I must trust You. I must obey Your Word. 
 
So, Almighty God, my Father, I give this affliction to You, for You to use for Your glory and honor. I give this confusing circumstance that I don’t understand. I give this difficult relationship; I give this sorrow and grief that threatens to crush me to the bone. I give up my “right” to have things figured out, my “right” to win the argument, my “right” to never shed a tear — because, honestly, even if I had all those things, they would only be temporary, and You are eternal. This time, this life, will end, and I will be in heaven with You forever. What a promise! What goodness!
 
I love you, my God who never leaves me, my God who is good, and who does good . . .
amen
 
This week, please pray for our brothers and sisters in Qatar. Under Sharia law, it is not only illegal to convert from Islam to Christianity, but it is illegal for a non-Muslim to “proselytize.” Believers are persecuted and isolated.

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