Many hours of this week were punctuated by thoughts, sorrow, and intercessory prayer for those both near and far, who are suffering. Sorrow for grave illness, heartbreaking loss for those in my closer sphere and concern for the terrified surge of humanity seeking survival overseas sends me searching through scriptures to pair a message with a photo for each personal need, to portray heartfelt concern. Calls, posts, or mail all enlisted to communicate loving support and to share God's promises of presence and protection. For after we have walked out all earthly responsibilities for the care and wellbeing of others, there comes the essential action of prayer.
"Prayer is a participation in willing God's will. While God's ultimate will cannot be thwarted, the strategy God uses to reach that goal may be infinitely variable. The prayers of committed people become part of the cosmic reality God has to work with. [As Douglass V. Steere] suggests, God can use them to "tip the balance" and change the shape of distorted realities in the world. It is not stretching the truth to say that God needs our prayers. Such is the dignity and purpose we have been given in his divine [plan]." Marjorie J. Thompson, Soul Feast, "Communicating and Communion with God" p. 41
Claiming significance as a daughter of God,
claiming the attention of His hearing to ask for His holy work in every need known to me,
emboldens me to pray the 91st Psalm
and to say to others:
For He will give His angels charge over you
to accompany and defend
and preserve you in all your ways.
Psalm 91:11, AMP