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Let us pray

September 22, 2008

by Pastor Orval Wirkkala, Apostolic Lutheran Church, Kingston

Isaiah 40:28-31 – “Hast thou not known? Hast thou not heard, that the everlasting God, the Lord, the Creator of the ends of the earth, fainteth not, neither is weary? There is no searching of his understanding. He giveth power to the faint; and to them that have no might he increaseth strength. Even the youths shall faint and be weary, and the young men shall utterly fall; but they that wait upon the Lord shall renew their strength; they shall mount up with wings as eagles; they shall run, and not be weary; and they shall walk, and not faint.”

Lord, we would have not known if we would have not heard that you are the Creator of the ends of the earth and that you never faint or tire as we do. How is it that there is no limit to your understanding and that your ways are past finding out?

Lord, you give power to the faint, and to those who have no strength and are in fact, weak, such as ourselves, you increase strength! How does that work, Lord? How do we go from having no might to increasing in strength?

Not even the strength of the youth will avail anything, but You, Lord, through the power of faith renew, rejuvenate, make us alive again, when we wait upon you. It is truly as it is recorded:

Psalm 123:2 – “Behold, as the eyes of servants look unto the hand of their masters, and as the eyes of a maiden unto the hand of her mistress; so our eyes wait upon the Lord our God, until that he have mercy upon us.æ

2 Chronicles 20:12 – “O our God, wilt thou not judge them? For we have no might against this great company that cometh against us; neither know we what to do: but our eyes are upon thee.”

Dear Lord God, cause our eyes of faith to be upon you today as well as during all the days of our lives, so that our strength shall be renewed to the extent that we will live and walk above the challenges and difficulties of life. As you are the center of our lives, may it be that our problems would be seen as peripheral rather than central to our vision of faith, a hope which is focused on and in your Son, Jesus Christ.

Cause us to remember that as your children, we not only go into, but we also pass through difficulties.

Dear Father, isn’t it true that trials are like the trains that come through town – we know that they come through, some are short, some are long, but they all pass through town. But dear Father, it is so hard when the noise of the train is rumbling through town for a long time as if it will never pass through . . . Cause us to trust, Dear Lord.

Psalm 23:4 – “Yea, though I walk through the valley of the shadow of death, I will fear no evil: for thou art with me; thy rod and thy staff they comfort me.”

Lord, it is always through your Word and your Spirit that we are renewed, comforted, directed and encouraged in the midst of the struggles and storms of life.

Dear Father, be with each of your children today; with those who are struggling with fear, with those who are struggling with lack of hope, with those who are disappointed with life, with those who are finding it difficult to forgive themselves as well as others, with those who have lost their way but do not as of yet realize it, with those who are grieving, with those who are suffering with pain, with those who are rejoicing in you, and, Lord, with all people everywhere in the world!!

In the name of Jesus, Amen!