I have set the LORD always before me. Because he is at my right hand, I will not be shaken. Psalm 16:8
One day Jesus was praying in a certain place. When he finished, one of his disciples said to him, “Lord, teach us to pray, just as John taught his disciples.” Luke 11:1
In the aftermath of the September 11, 2001, events of our carefully constructed worlds shattered. Our ways of loving, praying, hoping, giving assurance and exercising tolerance don’t seem to be sufficient under the new reality of living with terrorism.
This is the time to press in toward God. We need to expand our thinking, and expand our understanding of God’s grace. We’re at a new level of needs: personal, communal, and national. Our God is big enough to meet these needs. His promises hold me even now. It’s time to draw on God’s limitless and untapped strength and wisdom to meet our evolving personal and word situations. God promises to guide us in all aspects of our lives. He is not shaken off his throne by these events, even if we are shaken.
Once we grasp what God shows us and we learn new navigation skills, insights, and truths, our hearts must consent to the new revelation. Then it’s time to recommit our lives to living out these principles God will reveal more of himself to us to move the ever changing needs of the moment.
God, We need you more than ever
As the world we know crumbles around us
Reveal to us new levels of your grace and truth to meet the new reality we live in
Kindle our courage
Give us your heart and character to handle everything that’s coming our way
Help us redefine our faith
Lord, these events humble us and make us pause and realize that we need your diving strength and wisdom to figure out how to move forward
Teach us afresh, at this new place,
how to pray
how to love even our enemies
how to hope
how to give
how to comfort
how to tolerate
how to assure one another
Show us how to overcome our fears with confidence in you
Expand our faith to meet the shock waves of reality.