Tuesday, March 31, 2009

Midday Devotion 3/31/09

"Speak up for those who cannot speak for themselves,
for the rights of all who are destitute.
Proverbs 31:8

Create in us a clean heart, O God, and renew a right spirit within us. Cast us not from thy presence and take not thy Holy Spirit from us. Restore us to the joy of thy salvation, and uphold us with thy free Spirit.

Grace, mercy, and peace from God our Father and our Lord and Savior Jesus Christ, Amen.

Why do we pray? Let’s face it, sometimes these challenges seem a bit overwhelming, it seems like there’s just too much chaos, too much pain, that the struggle is just too great. We wonder why is it that we pray? Why do we pray for the hostages when more of them are taken, or they are still held in captivity? When they are still oppressed? And there we find the words of the Lord: Open thy mouths for the dumb and for the cause of all such as are appointed for destruction. We pray because we know, and we trust in the Lord, we trust in His promises, we understand His righteousness and we know that He will never fail or forsake His children, that He will always stand beside them, that He will walk beside them. As we uplift their cause the Lord hears our prayers and He sees their plight and sees their struggle. He strengthens their hearts in all things, answering all prayers in time, all prayers according to His will and according to His design. Amidst that, ours must always be to look to the plight and look to the suffering and the affliction of those who are held captive, those who are appointed to destruction, those who live amidst chaos and the pain that can be inflicted upon their bodies, those who abide in that slavery of the soul of the unrighteous who would oppress them, that we can look upon them with compassion, love and mercy, so that we can commend their spirits unto the Lord, asking that He heals the broken places within them, in all things and through all things, according to His divine and holy will.

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