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Day Five: Prayer for Encouragement

Friday, August 1st, 2014

Isaiah 43:2-5a (NIV)

“When you pass through the waters, I will be with you; And when you pass through the rivers, they will not sweep over you. When you walk through the fire, you will not be burned; the flames will not set you ablaze.  Do not be afraid for I am with you.

Reflection:

In this passage, the promise of God’s favor gives us so much comfort as his followers. Its says that although we may go through the destructive forces of fire and water, we do not need to fear any evil because God is with us. Although we may feel the heat of the fire or the overwhelming power of the waters, we may emerge bruised, but not beaten. As believers, we should be tremendously encouraged by this truth. As his church, we are to operate and have the mindset that going through hardships may be difficult, but since we belong to Christ, there is no damage that cannot be healed. Whatever may come our way, God will walk with us, protecting us, and guiding our every step.

Response:

Manmade obstacle courses serve the dual purpose of showing others that you have what it takes to overcome physical challenges, and perhaps for the individual, the purpose may simply be to beat their personal best and to emerge with a sense of accomplishment or achievement.

Obviously, we do not need games to experience this kind of forced adversity, given that life brings its own set of troubles. Most of us don’t seek trials in life willingly, but as we are called to follow Christ, this life comes with the price of constant opposition. In light of today’s passage, let’s respond in prayer and thanksgiving, knowing full well that until we are with him, we will always be in need of his loving and saving presence. Let’s praise him with songs for he is with us and we believe.  Hallelujah!

Day Four: Prayer for Affirmation

Thursday, July 31st, 2014

Day Three: Prayer of Confession

Wednesday, July 30th, 2014

Day Two: Prayer for Guidance

Tuesday, July 29th, 2014

Day One: Prayer for Protection

Monday, July 28th, 2014