“Simon, Simon, satan has asked to sift you as wheat. But I have prayed for you Simon, that your faith may not fail.”
Father, this reminds me that although satan seems to have power on this earth, his power is temporary and limited.
He must ask permission to have access to even one of Your children.
So I can know, if there is oppression in my life from the evil one, (which I have not invited) that it is limited, and that it has first been filtered through Your fingers of love. And that You, Jesus, are interceding, praying for my faith to be strong and sufficient, so I will not fail.
To do my part, I will praise Your name and Your character. I will sing and make music, proclaiming Your love and faithfulness. Your godly ability to be with me wherever I go and at all times has been a comfort so often. Knowing that You will never leave me and that Your love is everlasting has brought me through difficult times.
I will remember Your deeds in my life and the lives of others. The peace You have given me in times of stress and hardship have defied understanding. You have calmed me down when circumstances were not calm. You have shown me wisdom when I could not think of a solution. You have encouraged me with visions that brought understanding and reassurance when I was afraid.
You have the power to create a universe and destroy it. The beauty of Your imagination is seen in every sunrise and sunset. The deafening crash of the waves is like a whisper of Your voice.
You are exalted, lifted up forever. And yet, You bend down to me.
Even in Your unlimited power, You are gentle with me. You nourish me to become like a strong palm or a tall cedar.
O Lord, let me flourish in Your court. Let me still bear fruit in my old age; maintaining my knowledge and memory of You so that I may always proclaim that You are My Rock. My Fortress, My Deliverer. My Salvation. My God. Amen