Don’t face trouble or sorrow alone.
Take it to the Lord in prayer;
in his arms he’ll take and shield you,
you will find a solace there.*
Jesus has borne our griefs and carried our sorrows (Isaiah 53:4).
The Lord is my steadfast love . . . my shield (Psalm 144:2).
*adapted from What a Friend We Have in Jesus by Joseph Scriven.
Pray because “God is light, and in him is no darkness at all (1 John 1:5).”Pray because “The light shines in the darkness and the darkness has not overcome it (John 1:5).”
With his sword unsheathed and his armor in place, he went directly to the King with the stain of battle still on his garments.*
His sword of the Spirit is the Word of God and his armor is salvation, truth, righteousness, and faith (see Ephesians 6:13-17).
*Dallas Theological Seminary Magazine, Fall 2018, p. 23.
“O Lord, our Lord, how majestic is your name in all the earth” (Psalm 8:1).
No matter how hard we try, words cannot accurately describe God. His awe-inspiring grandeur, magnificent might and impressive beauty are worthy of our highest praise.
Remember that when you pray.
I’m watching, first hand, the fierce love of a first time father for his helpless baby boy.
I’m reminded “How great is the love that Father has lavished on us, that we should be called children of God” (I John 3:1).
We pray to a Father whose love is limitless.
Job felt his need for someone to mediate between him and God, as a person mediates between friends (from Job 16:20-21).
Jesus came and met that need for us. There is one mediator between God and men, the man Christ Jesus (1 Timothy 2:5).
God has been a Father for a very long time. He has many, many children.
He relates patiently and with understanding when we pray.