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Sunday, October 21, 2007

Day 21: Comfort Me in Times of Trouble

But the Comforter, [even] the Holy Spirit,
whom the Father will send in my name,
he shall teach you all things,
and bring to your remembrance all that I said unto you.
- John 14:26
Lord, help me to remember that no matter how dark my situation may become, You are the light of my life and can never be put out. No matter what dark clouds settle on my life, You will lift me above the storm and into the comfort of Your presence. Only You can take whatever loss I experience and fill that empty space with good. Only You can take the burden of my grief and pain and dry my tears. "Hear me when I call, O God, of my righteousness! You have relieved me in my distress; have mercy on me and hear my prayer" (Psalm 4:1)
In times of grief, suffering, or trial, I pray for an added sense of Your presence. I want to grow stronger in these times and not weaker. I want to increase in faith and not be overcome with doubt. I want to have hope in the midst of it and not surrender to hopelessness. I want to stand strong in Your truth and not be swept away by my emotions.
Thank You that I do not have to be afraid of bad news because my heart is steadfast, trusting in You (Psalm 1112:7). Thank You that "You have delivered my soul from death, my eyes from tears, and my feet from falling" (Psalm 116:8). Thank You that I walk before You with hope in my heart and life in my body. Thank You that "I shall not die, but live, and declare the works of the Lord" )Psalm 118:17). Even when "my soul melts from heaviness," I pray that You would "strengthen me according to Your word" (Psalm 119:28).
Help me to remember to give thanks to You in all things, knowing that You reign in the midst of them. Remind me that You have redeemed me and I am Yours and nothing is more important than that. I know when I pass through the waters You will be with me and the river will not overflow me. When I walk through the fire I will not be burned, nor will the flame touch me (Isaiah 43:1-2). That's because You are a good God and have sent Your Holy Spirit to comfort and help me. I pray that You, O God of hope, will fill me with all joy and peace and faith so that I will "abound in hope by the power of the Holy Spirit" (Romans 15:13). Thank You that You have sent Your Holy Spirit to be my Comforter and Helper. Remind me that in the midst of difficult times.* In Jesus' name I pray, Amen.
Wait on the Lord,
be of good courage,
and He shall strengthen your heart;
wait, I say, on the Lord!
- Psalm 27:14
The Lord shall preserve
your going out and your coming in
from this time forth,
and even forevermore.
- Psalm 121:8
*Make this prayer your own! From the book, The Power of a Praying Woman. Ordering information is at the bottom of this page. I strongly encourage you to read this book as the chapter content is so powerful!
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