“To You I call, O Lord my Rock; do not turn a deaf ear to me. For if You remain silent, I will be like those who have gone down to the pit.” They have no hope. And see no chance for rescue.
Lord, my life seems easy enough. I have what I need to get from day to day. I have food to eat and clothes to wear. I have more freedoms than most people in the world. And a safe place to live with family and friends who care about me.
But when I think about some of them, there is pain. There are those I love who don’t know You, and it grieves my heart.
So here is where “I lift up my hands toward Your Most Holy Place. Hear my cry for mercy as I call to You for help.” Father when I think of mistakes I’ve made with people who I love, I am filled with remorse. I can’t go back and undo what I have done or “un-say” things. And I worry if anything I did or said, set them on a path away from You.
O Father, forgive me. If there is a way I can make it right, show me. Take away this guilt I live with, and replace it with something from You that will heal and help them. Show me how to say, what to say, when to say; or what to do to unravel any knots I may have been part of in their lives.
Soften their hearts to Your truth, and to Yourself, and to the call of the Holy Spirit. Turn them away from the darkness they live in, some without even realizing it. Bring them into the light of Your love.
Father, this is the deepest desire of my heart: that those who You have entrusted to me as family and friends, will all know You as Savior, and be together in heaven with You and with me.
It is something only You can do. Only You call. And only You save.
And I will sing: “Praise to the Lord! For He has heard my cry for mercy! The Lord is my strength and my shield; my heart trusts in Him and I am helped. My heart leaps for joy and I will give thanks in song”. Amen