Daily Archives: January 14, 2015
Almighty God, today as we face the stresses and struggles of this life keep us close to Your heart. Where we are blind to what we need to see, give us the eyes to see and the heart to act on what You show us.
We come before You as Your stumbling children needing You more than we care to confess. Save us from being such brave soldiers wrongly taught to suck it up and push down the pain we feel. Help us to remember that our tears, the real hurt we feel within is Your call to us to come before You and say we cannot deal with the situation by ourselves. We cannot plow through the problem through our own effort.
Where we have been unkind and impatient make us more loving and understanding. Where we have fallen lift us up. Where we are tortured by false guilt give us the discernment to see through the lies spoken into us by the voices of our past and our present. Where we have not healed from abuse of body, mind and spirit let Your healing flow into us. Where memories of our abuse remain unknown to us because You will it to be that way, then protect us from them ever becoming known.
Father, I know that Your heart cries out for those with disabilities both seen and unseen. Every wound inflicted upon them is another lash of false judgment You feel. There are able people with disabled hearts. They falsely label many with disabilities who live on government disability as weak and a burden to society. Father, I ask that You would speak to their hearts about their cruelty. No disabled person or anyone should be laughed at, scorned and ridiculed because they cannot think as quickly as we can, have a speech impediment, use a wheelchair, walker or scooter for mobility or look different from us. All of us are as the Psalmist David said, fearfully and wonderfully made. Each of us is a divine work of art crafted by You.
Open doors of opportunity for all disabled people that lead to work, which lifts them out of their gnawing poverty that makes them feel like a failure. Speak to our hearts about where we can offer a strong and caring hand up to those with physical, developmental and mental challenges. Let us be Your true community of caring. While prayer is vital and central in reaching out to the needs of others, there are many who need to understand that we put our love into action by reaching out to the practical needs of others. When You ministered You did not say to people, “Live on faith alone.” They had to eat like You because You were human too. You did not say, “I have prayed for you. Go and be well.” You called us to love one another as You love us. Love is an action word. It calls for a response from us. It is an action of the heart, not merely our lips.
Why do so many leave the hurting to suffer? Why do so many have cold hearts and indifference to the needs they see in people’s lives? If they have icy hearts from caring too much heal their own inner suffering and mend their broken hearts. If their uncaring is a result of their belief that anyone in poverty is morally bankrupt and lazy, then convict them of their attitude and change their stubborn hearts.
Why have we become a society that values things more than people, showing off our latest Smart Phone or going into debt to buy a big screen TV? Too many value the things they have over the blessings they could share with those less fortunate than themselves. Where the god of materialism has invaded our lives, show us and then let us take corrective action to be more focused on addressing the needs we see around us. Having things of themselves is not the sin; it is in the worship of them more than You. None of us need 100 pairs of shoes. No man needs 20 different suits. No woman needs 50 different dresses. I do not need 30 different sweaters. I do not need to have the latest computer. I do not need to have the fanciest clothes. What I do need is You. What I do reach out for is Your love. That is my prayer for all who read this prayer that they would reach out their hearts to You more than their credit card to buy the latest of technology or the best clothes that will only provide temporary pleasure and long-term debt.
Father, for those who understand the needs of others and put their love into action, shower them with the river of Your richest blessings. There are many who without making a show of it bring food to the sick, give that warm coat and gloves to that suffering soul living on the street, operate food banks for the hungry, take the stranger into their home, pay for the medications their government refuses to provide for those with life-threatening or chronic illness, spends time with that lonely elderly person in a nursing home, pays for the tuition of a student willing to work hard at their university or college studies, says to that prostitute, “I have a job for you that will get you off the street if you are willing to take it. I will find you a place to live.”
While none of us of ourselves can change the world, each of us can do something to brighten the life of one person. We can be hope for those who are losing theirs. You have given us the hearts and minds that can come up with solutions to the pervasive problem of poverty that causes hope in those who suffer its indignities to die a little more each day. We have more than we need to feed every man, woman and child. No, we cannot feed those hollow eyes of sadness in the eyes of the starving millions that look into us and say, “Please, someone, anyone I am dying of hunger. Please, someone, anyone can you feed me one meal? Please, someone, anyone, can you provide the education that will help me escape my perpetual hell of poverty?” Together we have the ability to change the world as each of us seeking Your guidance changes one life, brings that bright and shining ray of hope back to one person asking that person to change one life in return.
Father, I pray what You have called me to share will move each heart. Help us all to be a more compassionate people. Give us eyes to see and a heart to act on all You show and teach us.
Kevin Osborne, B.Th. with honours, D.D., D. Sc., Diplomate in Creative Ministry, is training to be a Christian psychotherapist through St. James the Elder Theological Seminary. He will be a Master of Divinity student at Trinity College in the University of Toronto. He will soon be opening a Christian counselling practice called You Can Hope Again with his wife, Karen, who is an M. Div. student at Trinity College. He is a member of The Word Guild, a Christian writer’s group in Canada. We are available to go where God sends us to do His will preaching, teaching, singing, giving marriage enrichment seminars or however needed. You can reach me at my email address firstname.lastname@example.org
Have a Son-filled life!