As thou hast sent me into the world, even so have I also sent them into the world. And for their sakes I sanctify myself, that they also might be sanctified through the truth. Neither pray I for these alone, but for them also which shall believe on me through their word. John 17:18-20.
My heavenly Father, I come to Thee at this time, just as I am, poor and needy, and dependent upon Thee. I ask Thee to give me and give this people the grace that perfects Christian character. Wilt Thou have compassion upon this people? Let Thy light shine into the chambers of the mind, and into the soul temple. My Saviour, Thou hast given Thy life to purchase Thine inheritance, that, as overcomers, they may enter the kingdom of God, where they shall go no more out forever. Bless those who have signified their desire to serve Thee. Put Thy Spirit upon them.
I ask Thee, heavenly Father, to let Thy Holy Spirit come to this people. May Thy salvation be revealed. Touch their hearts, and make them very tender. Soften them by Thy Holy Spirit, and help them to see the work to be done for their neighbors, and for souls that are perishing all around them. Oh, awaken them to their responsibilities! May they wash their robes of character, and make them white in the blood of the Lamb. Wilt Thou encircle them in the arms of Thy mercy? Plead with them through the impressions of Thy Holy Spirit, that they may try to let their light shine to those that have not known the truth. Put Thy church in order, O Lord, that they may labor for souls.
My Saviour, reveal Thyself to this people. Let Thy love be expressed. Oh, let it be revealed! Hold Thy people, that Satan may not have his will and way with them. Help them to press through all opposition, that at last they may lay their crowns at the feet of Jesus in the city of God; and Thy name shall have all the glory. Amen.—The Review and Herald, July 16, 1908.
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—-E and children need your prayers for guidance and protection. R
—-Update on Baby Wyatt: “Little update on Wyatt.
He could use a bunch of prayers.
We tried to start half strength formula again yesterday… it didn’t work out so well.
Wyatt has been throwing up all night and has now started to throw up a little bit of blood and has some new blood draining from his gtube. He also has pneumatosis again, which we found out tonight after I advocated for an X-ray. Mary
—-Requesting prayers for our son-in-law, who is COVID+. Because of his Crohn’s complications, the most effective and usual med cannot be used. He is not currently hospitalized, and praying that will remain the case. Prayers also for our daughter during this difficult time. Jeanie
When Esther was a little girl, she often found some tiny space to crawl into and sleep. She liked tight, closed-in spaces just as her children do now. They made her feel very secure. This made it necessary for me to hunt for her quite often. Sometimes I’d find her under the sofa or under a chair. Sometimes she would be inside a cupboard or other closed-in spot.
One day, after having looked in all of her favorite spots, I still could not find her. I searched everywhere. Tinges of fear crept over me. Had she crawled into the refrigerator? I had heard of children suffocating in them. Quickly I ran to the kitchen and threw open the door afraid of what I might find. To my relief, she was not inside.
Finally as I went back into her bedroom, I saw a slight movement in the top shelf of her closet. Soon I saw her face looking down at me. I asked her how she had gotten up there. By putting her arms and legs on each side of the closet door frame, she had “walked” up all that way.
We, too, can have a hiding place just as Esther Marie did. We, too, can have a safe and secure place where we can go for rest. David prayed, “Deliver me, O LORD, from mine enemies: I flee unto thee to hide me.” “Thou art my hiding place and my shield: I hope in thy word.” “Thou art my hiding place; thou shalt preserve me from trouble; thou shalt compass me about with songs of deliverance.” “For in the time of trouble he shall hide me in his pavilion: in the secret of his tabernacle shall he hide me; he shall set me up upon a rock.” Ps 143:9;119:114;32:7;27:5
“He that dwelleth in the secret place of the most High shall abide under the shadow of the Almighty. I will say of the LORD, He is my refuge and my fortress: my God; in him will I trust. Surely he shall deliver thee from the snare of the fowler, and from the noisome pestilence. He shall cover thee with his feathers, and under his wings shalt thou trust: his truth shall be thy shield and buckler. Thou shalt not be afraid for the terror by night; nor for the arrow that flieth by day; Nor for the pestilence that walketh in darkness; nor for the destruction that wasteth at noonday. A thousand shall fall at thy side, and ten thousand at thy right hand; but it shall not come nigh thee. Only with thine eyes shalt thou behold and see the reward of the wicked. Because thou hast made the LORD, which is my refuge, even the most High, thy habitation; There shall no evil befall thee, neither shall any plague come nigh thy dwelling. For he shall give his angels charge over thee, to keep thee in all thy ways. They shall bear thee up in their hands, lest thou dash thy foot against a stone. Thou shalt tread upon the lion and adder: the young lion and the dragon shalt thou trample under feet. Because he hath set his love upon me, therefore will I deliver him: I will set him on high, because he hath known my name. He shall call upon me, and I will answer him: I will be with him in trouble; I will deliver him, and honour him. With long life will I satisfy him, and shew him my salvation.” Ps 91
Our Dear Saviour bids us, “Come unto me, all ye that labour and are heavy laden, and I will give you rest. Take my yoke upon you, and learn of me; for I am meek and lowly in heart: and ye shall find rest unto your souls. For my yoke is easy, and my burden is light.” Matt 11:28-30 Praise God! He is our comfort, our protection from the storm, our guide through all the rugged way. May we put all of our trust in Him finding in Him a hiding place from the raging storms of life is my prayer.