Wednesday, January 12, 2011

One of tonight's Psalms provided prayer for the hassled

Several contacts (phone, email, Facebook) today came from people who were dealing with all kinds of "interference." Weird stuff kept happening that disrupted good things they were trying to do for others.

Psalm 14 was appointed for Evening Prayer, and I found that these verses helped me intercede for the people suffering these attacks:

4 Have they no knowledge, all those evildoers who eat up my people like bread and do not call upon the LORD?

5 See how they tremble with fear, because God is in the company of the righteous,of [offer the names of those who are under attack].

6 Their aim is to confound the plans of the afflicted, but the LORD is the refuge of [offer the names again].

The lesson tonight was encouraging, too. It shows the value of carrying others' needs to Jesus, and his compassionate power in response. He also models our need to sustain our work with prayer.

"That evening, at sundown, they brought to him all who were sick or possessed with demons. And the whole city was gathered around the door. And he cured many who were sick with various diseases, and cast out many demons; and he would not permit the demons to speak, because they knew him. In the morning, while it was still very dark, he got up and went out to a deserted place, and there he prayed. And Simon and his companions hunted for him. When they found him, they said to him, 'Everyone is searching for you.' He answered, 'Let us go on to the neighboring towns, so that I may proclaim the message there also; for that is what I came out to do.' And he went throughout Galilee, proclaiming the message in their synagogues and casting out demons." Mark 1:32-39

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