Guard Our Mouth

When painful things happen, can being with others help us to make sense of it? Can our lament as reply to others comfort us? Will knowledge of who God is of any help to us? Job 7-10

Lord, when we don’t know how to respond to difficult situations, we often open our mouths to speak on Your behalf things that are not pleasing to You; forgive us, O Lord.

Lord, when we don’t know how to respond in a difficult situation, put a guard on our mouth so that we don’t speak words that are displeasing to You.

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While we Console Others

Will self righteous talk help when people are in trouble? Does talk that uplift God by putting down people who in trouble bring healing? Will anyone believe the uprightness of those who  bear unimaginable loses? Job 4-7

Lord, while we try to prove the righteousness of God to those in pain, we often miss to see their agony and grief; have mercy on us!

Lord, we don’t want to miss God when trying to console those in pain either by being self-righteous or by uplifting the righteous of God.

Worship, the Only Response

Imagine a father who offers 10 burnt offerings every day for each of his 10 children! What will it do to such a man if he looses all of his children and all his belongings in one day? What do we say about a man who worships God when he could have prayed “my God, my God why have you forsaken me?” Job 1-3

Lord, we don’t know how to handle loses, big or small; teach us to fall to the ground in worship in the midst of it.

Lord, we may not have the spiritual sensitivity to fall to the ground in worship, when we have lost everything even after offering many “burnt offerings”every day for long years, but teach us to seek Your radiant face even at times we feel like You have turned Your face away from us.

Then a Slave, now a Dignitary

When we journey in shame, and fear like a slave, will we ever dream about leading a journey on the same road as a dignitary? Who will do this miracle? What will control us then: distressing memories or trust in God? Gen 50:4-14

Lord, let shame, fear, and distress never snuff out our trust in You who is able to do immeasurably more than all we ask or imagine.

Lord of wonders, God of might only You can create beauty and fruitfulness out of our dark and void past, so we bring our thoughts and pretensions under Your obedience.

Godliness

Have betrayal caused bitterness? When will we be able to have a godly perspective of our misery? Even though we live with the pain and sorrow will we able to forgive the betrayers? Gen 45,46

Lord, let us see all betrayal and misery through the God-given dream for our lives knowing that it is Your Kingdom principle that betrayers will be blessed by those who are betrayed.

Lord, let not the pain of betrayal and isolation cause bitterness and revenge rather let it build in us godliness.

As We Wait

How long will it take for the dreams of God in Your life to be fulfilled? Will you sit idle till its fulfillment or will you be faithful through out the journey towards the fulfillment? Who is your companion to share your groaning, pain and shame? Gen 43,44

Lord, when Your dream about our lives becomes our dream, we wait in faith for its fulfillment; not let the the pain and shame we bear as we wait slow us down or make us idle.

Lord, as we wait for the fulfillment of Your dreams in our lives, let us not carry any remorse or regret to discolour our faith and faithfulness.

Our Prayer

How will you pray when the godly is no more?   What is your prayer when the faithful is being vanished? Who is your protector in such a situation? Ps 12

Lord, we cry out to You for help as we see the godly and the faithful are no more around us, arise O God, be the shield and defender to the oppressed.

Lord, we wait for You to arise as our protector and defender when we perceive that the godly are no more and the faithful have vanished.