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Friday, June 24, 2016

Pray for Families (Faith in Adversity)

Greetings Prayer Warriors,

My heart sinks when I hear about families who face different types of adversity.  Some lose their homes; some have never had a home.  Some face the death of a loved one; some have isolated themselves to a point where they have no one to love. Some struggle with poverty, abusive relationships, mental health issues, and so on.

However the real tragedy for these individuals or families isn’t in the hardships in and of themselves, but occurs when they don’t know that the Lord is walking beside them.  He carries them when they are weak, he catches every tear they shed, and He awaits their recognition of His presence.  He longs to hear them call out to Him for He wants to sooth their pain.  He often sends His angels (the heavenly or earthly kind) to minister to them.

He will wipe every tear from their eyes, and there shall be no more death or mourning, wailing or pain.  Revelation 21:4

How different the experience when one knows the Lord is with them!  He longs to give everyone His peace.   Consider those who gather in prayer during adversity versus those who suffer together in despair.  Don’t you long for everyone to know the Lord as the Divine Comforter?

As a mother comforts her child, so I will comfort you. Isaiah 66:13

Let us pray that everyone, especially those facing adversity, comes to have faith in the Lord, and thus are flooded with his peace, comforted by His love, and restored through His joy.  Lord, when you are looking for someone to send on your behalf, may you not hear silence but our collective, “send me!”

Then I heard the voice of the Lord saying, “Whom shall I send? Who will go for us?” “Here I am,” I said; “send me!”  Isaiah 6:8

Peace, Joy, and Love,

Comfort the afflicted.  Respond to His call and pass it on!