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Sunday, January 29, 2017

challenges and mercy...

From Praying Through the Tough Times, by Lloyd John Ogilvie:


Mercy unto you, and peace, and love, be multiplied.

                   Jude 2 KJV

Almighty God, it’s an assurance of Your faithfulness I need in tough times. And all I need to do is turn to the Bible to hear the resounding affirmation of Your faithfulness. You told me yourself, “My faithfulness shall be with you.” Jeremiah was comforted at a very difficult time and could say, “The Lord’s mercies…are new every morning; great is Your faithfulness.” The psalmist couldn’t express his gratitude enough: “I will sing of the mercies of the Lord forever; with my mouth will I make known Your faithfulness to all generations.”

I need a character transplant from You as I face the challenges ahead today. Especially I want to be known for Your character trait of faithfulness. In spite of contradictory circumstances, I am committed to remain faithful to You, to my belief in Your goodness, and to the people who look to me for hope and inspiration for their own tough times. I pray that I may “be steadfast, immovable, always abounding in the work of the Lord,” knowing that my labor “is not in vain in the Lord.” You are faithful! I can make it through today with that assurance. Amen. (Psalm 89:2, 4; Lamentations 3:23; Psalm 89:1; 1 Corinthians 15:58.)

He giveth more grace.

                   James 4:6 KJV

He increaseth strength.

                   Isaiah 40:29 KJV

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