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O Lord, I am so easily distracted by so many things around me, teach me to be quiet and wait under your Sovereign hand. O Lord, the cares of this world invade my heart, "different emotions disturb my peace, and hinder my exercise of faith, even though in spirit they want to be in submission to your Word"(1). Teach me to find in you the repose my soul needs today; teach me, Father to be silent before you, and do what You have called me to do without grumbling or questioning. Help me live with my eyes fixed on the cross opposing an attitude of resistance to Your Word.
Lord, you alone are my Rock and my Salvation, to you I run, to you I cling. In between books, and laundry, and things on my to-do list you meet me, and I run to you, Abba Father. In the middle of the day, when the sun is bright and the roses are all in bloom I am reminded that even though trials come, I shall not be greatly shaken because your right hand upholds me.
Lord, forgive me when "I say with my lips that I trust in You and at the next moment I find myself busy looking for some additional support" (2) Help me to keep an attitude of prayer every day, all day, one that will bring me to pour out my heart before you so I won't keep ruminating in all those emotions that lead me away from you. That I may never forget that YOU are a refuge to me.
Father, deliver my soul from all those things that promise me happiness apart from You. Help me, Lord, to be aware of the delusions of sin, of the vain glory of riches. Deliver me from the snare of the devil who wants me to set my heart on all the vain and sinful things this world offers me.
Dear Father, you can uphold me with me with your powerful hand and your perfect steadfast love; "these two wings with which we fly heavenwards; these two supporting pillars from which we can defy temptation. Why should I fear when the God who covers me with the shadow of his wings is also the God who rules the universe, holds the devil in secret chains, and effectually overrules the intrigues of the wicked?"(3)
Thank you, Father, because you hear me, and delight in the prayer of your children.
In Jesus' precious name,
(1) John Calvin, Commentary on the Psalms; Abridged by David C. Searle