Today we have a special prayer request from our staff. As we are praying over the wildfires in California and the potential Syrian conflict, we ask that you join us in praying for those in harm’s way: members of our armed forces, police officers and firefighters. Please pray for the protection of those that serve to protect us on a daily basis.
1 Those who live in the shelter of the Most High
will find rest in the shadow of the Almighty.
2 This I declare about the Lord:
He alone is my refuge, my place of safety;
he is my God, and I trust him.
3 For he will rescue you from every trap
and protect you from deadly disease.
4 He will cover you with his feathers.
He will shelter you with his wings.
His faithful promises are your armor and protection.
5 Do not be afraid of the terrors of the night,
nor the arrow that flies in the day.
6 Do not dread the disease that stalks in darkness,
nor the disaster that strikes at midday.
7 Though a thousand fall at your side,
though ten thousand are dying around you,
these evils will not touch you.
8 Just open your eyes,
and see how the wicked are punished.
9 If you make the Lord your refuge,
if you make the Most High your shelter,
10 no evil will conquer you;
no plague will come near your home.
11 For he will order his angels
to protect you wherever you go.
12 They will hold you up with their hands
so you won’t even hurt your foot on a stone.
13 You will trample upon lions and cobras;
you will crush fierce lions and serpents under your feet!
14 The Lord says, “I will rescue those who love me.
I will protect those who trust in my name.
15 When they call on me, I will answer;
I will be with them in trouble.
I will rescue and honor them.
16 I will reward them with a long life
and give them my salvation.”
I am so troubled by the beating of the drums of war as the Syrian civil war escalates and evidence of the Assad regime’s use of chemical warfare mounts. God, bring peace to your troubled holy land. So much conflict comes from the place where the Prince of Peace walked the earth. Please bring peace in Palestine and Israel. Please bring peace in Iraq and Afghanistan. Please bring peace with justice to Syria.
Lord, we also ask you to shield your children who are fighting the gargantuan fire in CA. Protect these men and women, mothers and fathers, who are battling this blaze. Grant them protection and godspeed back to their families.