Daily Devotional: Psalms 69:13-18
But I pray to you, O LORD, in the time of your favor; in your great love, O God, answer me with your sure salvation. Rescue me from the mire, do not let me sink; deliver me from those who hate me, from the deep waters. Do not let the floodwaters engulf me or the depths swallow me up or the pit close its mouth over me. Answer me, O LORD, out of the goodness of your love; in your great mercy turn to me. Do not hide your face from your servant; answer me quickly, for I am in trouble. Come near and rescue me; redeem me because of my foes.
2 Thess 3:1-3
Finally, brothers, pray for us that the message of the Lord may spread rapidly and be honored, just as it was with you. And pray that we may be delivered from wicked and evil men, for not everyone has faith. But the Lord is faithful, and he will strengthen and protect you from the evil one.
“The least we can do is pray.” How many times have we said this or heard it said? The truth is that this is the most powerful thing we can do. The only thing that can save us from the floodwaters of life is the Lord. When we are overwhelmed, we need to pray. When we are faced with sickness (our own or those close to us) we are to call for the elders so they can pray. When our burdens are heavy, we are to pray. Be anxious for nothing but pray about everything with thanksgiving.
Give thanks for everything, in every situation be thankful. God gave us life so we need to be thankful. God has given us our family, our friends, our work, our home, our material things, the air we breathe, our intellect, our laughter, and fun. He has also allowed us to be tempted, tried, and tested, and to face some difficult times.
But when we trust him, he delivers us from all of these. As we look back, we see his hand in changing things or in giving us strength or how he put just the right person in our lives at the right moment to get us through our struggle. He also has put limits on what we face each time and how difficult each trial may be. But the severity of each trial is determined by our faith and willingness to trust him, since his strength has no limits. He is the God who raises the dead, makes the lame to walk, the deaf to hear and the blind to see. This God loves us and protects us.
O Lord God, I thank you that you have been with Dianne and me as she has gone through her cancer surgeries and radiation treatments. Thank you for giving her the strength to endure what she has faced. Thank you for giving us the best medical doctors and treatments available, but even more we thank you for your healing. We do ask you to continue to be with her as she heals from the effects of her radiation and that she will be cancer free when it is all over. Thank you for all of those who have been such an encouragement to us. In Jesus name.