Heavenly Father and Father of all fathers, today is the day earth people honor our fathers. But there is none like you, Lord. Some men have many sons. But you have one, and you sent Him to die on Calvary’s wretched cross for the sins of the world.
I thank you for all fathers, Lord. Thank you for the new and inexperienced ones as well as the old and wise ones. Father, I thank you for those who have stood by their children through thick and thin. Lord, I thank you for the one who, though not perfect, has nonetheless live an exemplary life that that children everywhere would want to emulate.
Father, thank you for that new father who is willing to endure sleepless night to care for his newborn. And thank you for those fathers who work multiple jobs to provide for their family. Amen.
Almighty God, grant your people boldness. And help us to stand up for what we believe, without any strings attached. Remind us daily that our yay should be yay, and our nay should be nay. Rip out every root and branch of wishy-washiness from within us. And give us the power to face our giants with strong confidence.
Goad us to take the spotlight off ourselves and direct it at You. For without You, we are weak and feeble. But with You, we have the power to do amazing things. Amen.
Heavenly Father, I come before you with a sad heart today. Once again, our country is reeling from another mass shooting. This time it was at a Municipal building in Virginia Beach. Twelve lives have been cut short by the hands of a lone gunman. And as usual, our political and religious leaders are sending ‘thoughts and prayers’to the bereaved and the survivors. But thoughts and prayers are not enough. We need action.
Lord, gun violence in these United States are as common as oxygen and water. Still yet the men and women in our Congress are not convinced that they need to pass meaningful gun legislation, to put the brakes on gun violence.
My good Father, I pray that you will pull back mask from
over the eyes of those individuals in the United States Congress who cannot see
that gun violence is a significant social problem. Soften their hearts, Lord.
And bring them to tears every time gun violence wreaks havoc on our citizenry.
Heavenly Father, I place the bereaved and the survivors in the hollow part of your hands. Comfort them, Lord. And I hope they can find solace in your Holy Word.
The story of the girl who lived twice have two versions —
one in Mark 5 and the other in Luke 8.
The Bible says Jairus was a Jewish religious leader and
teacher. One day something terrible came upon Jairus. His twelve-year-old
daughter got sick. It was a bad sickness, and Jairus knew that she was dying,
and he needed to get help fast.
Jairus heard that Jesus was in town, so he defied religious norms and set out to find Jesus and bring him to his house. Jairus found Jesus amid a large crowd. And when he saw him, he fell at his feet, and entreat him much, saying: “Our daughter lies at the point of death”. Will you come and lay your hand on her, so that she can be saved and live.
Jesus senses the urgency in Jairus’ voice, so he began to follow him, but they could not move quickly. The crowd was too thick. And before Jesus could make it through the dense crowd, servants from Jairus household brought sad news. “Your daughter is dead.” “Why trouble the teacher any further?”
When Jesus heard those words, he turned turned Jairus and
said, “Do not be afraid, only believe, and she will be made well.”
At last, Jesus managed to cut through the crowd, and he let no one follow him except Peter, James, and John. When he got to the house, everybody was crying and moaning. The mood was somber. And he said to them: Why do you weep and wail? That child is not dead; she is sleeping. But everyone laughed at him.
Then he put them out of the house, except Jairus and his wife and those that were with him. Then he went entered in where the child lay. He held her by the hand and said to her, Tabitha, cumi! (Child, I say to you, arise). And at once, the child got up, and she walked on her feet.
And the people were astonished beyond measure. And suddenly,
the house of sorrow turned into a house of celebration. And he insisted that no
one should know about it. Then he told them to give her food.
Suffering and sorrow are part of the human life cycle. And yet we often blame the devil when these ills befall us. Of course, the devil is always plotting and scheming. But he cannot touch you unless God permits him.
So, the next time, unusual circumstances put your faith through a sift, don’t yield to Satan’s schemes; your trials might very well be God testing your trust as he did Job.
In the book of Job, we read about a man named Job who lived in the land of Uz. The Bible says Job was blameless and upright. He feared God and shunned evil. He had seven sons and three daughters. And he owned seven thousand sheep, three thousand camels, five hundred yokes of oxen and five hundred donkeys, and had many servants. He was the greatest man among all the people of the East.
Job was an honorable man and a faithful servant of God. The devil who roams the earth like a roaring lion could not touch him because the Lord had built a hedge around him. But the devil was determined to prove Job as a fake. So, he had a talk with God and suggested that if God took everything Job had, Job would curse Him.
God removed the hedge from around Job and permitted Satan to take everything Job had. Satan sifted Job’s faith in God as wheat. And Job lost everything, including his children. But Jobs faith never wavered. In all his suffering and sorrow, Job didn’t sin, neither did he curse God. He justified God’s confidence in him.
In the end, God would restore Job and doubled his prosperity.