October 26, 2014
Then the people of Israel began once again to worship other gods, and once again the Lord let their enemies harass them. This time it was by the people of Midian, for seven years. The Midianites were so cruel that the Israelis took to the mountains, living in caves and dens. When they planted their seed, marauders from Midian, Amalek, and other neighboring nations came and destroyed their crops and plundered the countryside as far away as Gaza, leaving nothing to eat and taking away all their sheep, oxen, and donkeys. These enemy hordes arrived on droves of camels too numerous to count and stayed until the land was completely stripped and devastated. So Israel was reduced to abject poverty because of the Midianites. Then at last the people of Israel began to cry out to the Lord for help. (Judges 6:1-7)
O Lord, deliver me from evil men. Preserve me from the violent, who plot and stir up trouble all day long. Their words sting like poisonous snakes. Keep me out of their power. Preserve me from their violence, for they are plotting against me. These proud men have set a trap to catch me, a noose to yank me up and leave me dangling in the air; they wait in ambush with a net to throw over and hold me helpless in its meshes.
O Jehovah, my Lord and Savior, my God and my shield—hear me as I pray! Don’t let these wicked men succeed; don’t let them prosper and be proud. (Psalms 140:1-8)
O God our Father, our enemies hate us. They have sworn in their wrath to destroy our nation. Their harassing persecution of believers has turned to grotesque murder. Our brothers and sisters now taste the evil that the enemy of our souls vomits out.
We can see what is coming to our nation. You have said in your Word that our compatriots will turn against us. They will deliver us to the slaughterer and think they are serving a god.
While we still live in peace and safety, open our hearts to those who are living in terror from these implacable evildoers. Give us the burden to raise our prayers daily on their behalf. Now, we implore You, Almighty God to spare our brothers and sisters in Syria, in Iraq, in Iran, in Turkey, in Jordan, in Egypt, in Ethiopia in Libya, in Sudan, in Mali, in Tanzania, in Indonesia,
Offer your petitions for others and your requests for your family, friends and neighbors
In spite of the evil and terror in the World our Savior is triumphant. It sometimes does not seem so. Nevertheless, God is omnipotent and He is in control. Even those tortured and slain for their testimony of faith in Jesus, even they have the Savior that loves them and has them and us in the eternal security of His hands. No one can pluck any of us out of His hands.
Our Father, which art in heaven, hallowed be thy Name.
Thy Kingdom come. Thy will be done in earth, as it is in heaven.
Give us this day our daily bread.
And forgive us our trespasses, as we forgive them that trespass against us.
And lead us not into temptation, but deliver us from evil.
For thine is the kingdom, the power, and the glory, for ever and ever.