A Prayer for Ourselves

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Dear Readers of Country Squire Magazine, I trust that this week’s message and prayer finds You well, healthy and happy. As the summer fades, We all pray that there is no second Covid spike and that a successful vaccine emerges from the scientists’ labs. Let us at this time remember those countries still suffering spikes – that they may be saved.

This week I would like to remind You that praying for Yourself is not a selfish act. There are times when You need to focus on I, We and Us. ‘Now this is the confidence that we have in Him, that if we ask anything according to His will, he hears us.’  (1 John 5:15)

The best way to pray for Yourself is to think hard about how You are. Have You sinned of late? Have You asked for God’s forgiveness? Have Your actions befitted You? Then, after humble acceptance of that background, feel confident in prayer. Talk freely. Request what You need. If You are desperate, say so.

There are those of You who do not feel the need to pray for Yourselves. These hair shirt wearers are admirable but rarely true to themselves. You must seek a way. There is a future that necessitates self-centred petitions. Even if You are taken from this life in a flash You should have used that channel of request to show Your true humanity.

Last week a man was walking along a path not far from the side of a dual carriageway with his dog – far away from danger. Yet a tyre flew off a vehicle and killed him instantly. The dog was fine. I wonder what this man’s last thoughts and prayers were? How well prepared was He when death came like a thief at the most unexpected time?

Be prepared.

Pray for Yourself.

God Bless You all. Have a lovely Sunday and a good week ahead.

Lord Christ, I thank you for your love so strong,
May that love flow through me to others.
May I be patient when change comes slowly.
May I be kind when life seems harsh.
May I be gentle when others feel bruised.
May I be humble when things go well.
May I be peaceful when anger rises within.
May I forgive when wronged.
May I rejoice when the truth is discovered.
Love never fails, but I do.
May I persevere when the way is hard.
Amen.