God is our refuge and strength, a helper who can always be found in times of trouble. That is why we will not fear when the earth dissolves and the mountains tumble into the heart of the sea. Its waters roar and foam. The mountains quake when it rises.
Dear Heavenly Father,
Please be with us when troubles come our way and give us your strength. You have promised to be with us and help us in times of crisis. You are the one we can go to with confidence, knowing that you will be there to hear us, giving us your strength to overcome obstacles, opening doors that seem sealed, and closing doors that need to be locked.
You are there for all believers. We have the confidence that as we navigate this life, with all its pitfalls that could not only lead us away from you but divide us from you eternally, you watch over us. So we pray out of thanksgiving, knowing your hand is with us even when the earth dissolves and the mountains fall into the sea. As we have recently witnessed Pakistan’s floods, mountainsides and roads are torn from their place and taken to the sea. You are still there with them and us.
Our confidence in you comes because you have already demonstrated your love for us by overcoming our sins—which should have condemned us from you forever. Instead, Jesus took our place. He lived perfectly, suffered, died, and rose again to overcome sin, death, and the devil; he took our place. So what can we now fear? The answer is nothing; you are always with us as our rock and redeemer. All these gifts—forgiveness of sin, peace, hope, joy, love, salvation, and eternal life—are ours through faith in Jesus.
We pray that we might share the good news with others, so they will also have confidence through faith, knowing you are always close to them, ready to assist them in their navigation of this life. So, they, too, will have your gifts that come to them through faith begun by the Holy Spirit. Amen.
Written through Pastor Roger Emmons
Having the one who created this world by your side, what do you have to fear? Through faith in Jesus, your sins are forgiven, and you are restored to the creator.