Mercy Road Daily Prayer ~ Tuesday, October 4, 2011

Lord God,

For I know you love me, because you assist me with your power, by which you created all things. I know you care for me because you keep me from falling and getting seriously hurt. I know I am valuable to you, because you watch over me day and night, without rest or sleep.

Lord, protect me and defend me. Be my refuge from the things that wear me down and overwhelm. Guard me from temptations that would ruin my life and hurt those I love. Be with me now and forever.

Keep me in your presence. Let me worship you in love. Give me a humble heart that does not grumble, protest, or complain. Bless me with your goodness and love from your thrown in heaven as I look to you for grace. Be gracious to me Lord, and teach me to be gracious to others. Rid my heart of any malice or contempt for those created in your image and take away my pride.

For I know how much I need you. I confess that I am helpless without you. Had it not been for you, I would have been overwhelmed long ago. Had it not been for you, the stress would have gotten to me. Had it not been for you caring for me, protecting me and loving me even when I resist you, I could have done something terrible, I would have done something rash, I might have been hurt in an accident, contracted a deadly disease, destroyed a close relationship, or much, much worse. Had it not been for you Lord, protecting me from others, and more importantly, from myself, I have no doubt, I would probably be dead. But I’m blessed that I am not, and I’m thankful I am still heart to worship your holy name.

I am blessed that you protect me. I am blessed to have your grace. I am blessed that you watch over me, and give me your peace. I am blessed to be surrounded by people who love me enough to ask how I’m doing, and care enough to be nosy when they sense that something is wrong. I am blessed to have a heart that experiences happiness and joy in this world, and I am equally blessed that my heart also experiences great sadness and sorrow, reminding me that this world is not my home. I am blessed by the memories of days gone by and the uncertainty of the days before me. I am blessed because I rely on you and accept what you have in store.

You have done great things for me Lord, and when I stop to appreciate them, it makes me glad, dries up my tears, and chases away my sorrow.

In Jesus’ name I pray, Amen

~Read: Psalm 120, 121, 122, 123, 124, 125, 126, (127); (2 Kings 22:1-13); 1 Corinthians 11:2, 17-22; Matthew 9:1-8