“Be merciful to me, Lord, for I am in distress; my eyes grow weak with sorrow, my soul and body with grief. My life is consumed by anguish and my years by groaning; my strength fails because of my affliction, and my bones grow weak. Because of all my enemies, I am the utter contempt of my neighbors and an object of dread to my closest friends those who see me on the street flee from me. I am forgotten as though I were dead; I have become like broken pottery. For I hear many whispering, “Terror on every side!” They conspire against me, and plot to take my life.” – Psalm 31: 9-15
Right now, many of you are going through your own struggles within yourself and maybe even within your family structure. In addition, due to your current hardship you have become a hard pill to swallow for most people. Your attitude sucks, so your friends and family have found it hard to deal with you in this time in your life. You have become undependable and closed in. You have taken on the mad hermit syndrome, and just want to be left alone to wallow in your own mess. Moreover, due to your constant negativity and failures to follow through with prior obligations and/or plans, you have placed restraints on your relationship with your love ones, and your unresolved anger has caused some of your love ones to turn their backs on you. Nevertheless, if you desire a change in your life on today and you are ready to give it all over to God so that you can make room to take back your joy that the devil stole, I ask that you come and join me in The Sanctuary for prayer. “Let’s take back everything that the enemy has stolen out of your life”: joy, peace, love, happiness, friends, family, finances, cars, homes, and most of all your desires for your relationship with God!
Some days feel too hard. We are constantly hurting, struggling, fighting fear and worry at every turn. Thank you in the midst of it all, you have not left us to fend for ourselves. Forgive us for doubting You are there. Forgive us for thinking You have forgotten. Forgive us for believing we somehow know the better way. You are fully trustworthy. You are All Powerful. You are Able. You are Lord over every situation no matter how difficult it may seem. Father God, You are Healer, and we know that You will never waste the grief we carry today. You will use all things for good in some way. Anything is possible with You. Nothing is too difficult for You. We pray for those who grieve today. We ask for Your comfort to surround those who weep. We pray for the peace of Your presence to cover our minds and thoughts, as you remind us, the enemy can never steal us out of Your hands. He never has the final say over our lives. We are kept safe in Your presence forever, whether in life or in death. We thank You that Your ways are higher than our ways and Your thoughts are bigger than our thoughts. We lay it all down at Your feet, every burden, and every care. Believing that is the safest place for it to be. We love you Lord, we need your fresh grace, in the Powerful Name of Jesus, Amen.
Contributed by: Sharessa Bass
Sharessa currently works for Wells Fargo Bank and is the CEO of The Real Me Foundation. She is a devoted mother of 5, originally from Whiteville NC and is one of 7 siblings. She is a faithful covenant member of The Sanctuary, and is passionate about sharing her faith in a very real way. If this devotional has fed your soul, please share with your friends and family. Click the social share button or leave a comment in the box below for Sharessa,