In all their distress he too was distressed, and the angel of his presence saved them. In his love and mercy he redeemed them; he lifted them up and carried them all the days of old. Isaiah 63:9
In the Lord’s great love for His people, He identifies with their distress and responds accordingly. It is fascinating that the means of God’s intervention on behalf of Judah was the angel of His presence. It is His presence, or an angel from His presence, that brings about salvation. With God’s presence, the saints will always experience the redeeming ways of God, even when to the outward eye, the situation seems dire.
How encouraging it is to know that God is distressed when we are distressed. So often, we can feel as though God is far away and not interested in what is happening in our lives. Instead, the Word of God shows us that He wants to lift us up and carry us all the days of our lives.
It is almost beyond belief, Lord, that You are so involved in my life that my distresses and difficulties affect You. Come Lord, that in your presence all my worries and difficulties may find resolution. You are my Redeemer and my Savior! I place myself in Your strong arms so that You may carry me through this life and beyond.
–adapted from HeartCry for Revival devotional 2011 by David Butts, author of Prayer and the End of Days
Praise God for his excellence in creation. Give thanks for the creation’s variety and splendor. Confess ways in which you have misused parts of it. Commit yourself to the proper care and use of God’s creation. Ask God to help you regard it as “clean” (Rom. 14:14), receiving it from him with thanksgiving.
Pray for sensitivity among Christians toward one another’s beliefs about food, drink, religious observances, and other discretionary matters (Romans 14), so that fellowship and caring might not be hindered. Ask God to help you to “make every effort to do what leads to peace and to mutual edification” (14:19).
–Prayer Points taken from Patterns for Prayer by Alvin VanderGriend