THEME: WAR AND CONFLICT
“Blessed be the Lord my Rock, Who trains my hands for war, And my fingers for battle— My lovingkindness and my fortress, My high tower and my deliverer, My shield and the One in whom I take refuge, Who subdues my people under me.”
-This is a psalm of David which is believed to have been written near the time when he almost became king over all Israel. It expresses David’s heart for the nation during both war and peace. David must have had more enemies still to conquer and he relied on God as his Shield and Rock. He felt that it is because of God’s enabling power to train his hands for war and fingers for battle, that David would win all his battles. God trains us to utilize spiritual weapons, such as the sword of the Spirit which is the word of God, prayer and fasting when confronted with personal or corporate battles. Jesus reminds us to love our enemies despite the pain and shame that they might cause us.
Dear Lord You are Rock and our Fortress, our High Tower and Deliverer, our Shield and Salvation we put all our trust in You. Some trust in horses, others trust in chariots but we put our trust in You our Lord our God. May You make a way for us dear Jesus even where there seems to be no way. May You level the mountains for us and grant us good success. You are the Vine and we are the branches, may You help us to bear much fruit according to Your will. May You bless all the candidates who are sitting for their exams, that the may the Spirit of excellence accompany them all the time. May You train our hands for battle and strengthen us in every purpose. May You give us the grace to love our enemies and to do good to those who persecute us. May we inherit whatever belongs to us in the mighty name of Jesus Christ. May You touch the hearts of all who are mourning the loss of their loved ones with Your peace. May You grant journey mercies to all those who are traveling by any means of transport. Thank You for making us more than conquerors in Christ Jesus. We worship You Jesus, we praise You and adore You Abba Father. Our Father who art in heaven; hallowed be Your name; Your Kingdom come; Your will be done on earth as it is in heaven. Give us this day our daily bread and forgive us our trespasses as we forgive those who trespass against us. Lead us not into temptations but deliver us from evil; for thine is the Kingdom the power and the glory; forever and ever. Amen
Further reading: Deuteronomy 20:1-4, Matthew 5:44
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