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“I cried with all my heart; answer me, O Lord!  I will observe Your statutes.  I cried to You; save me and I shall keep Your testimonies.  I rise before dawn and cry for help; I wait for Your words.”  (Psalm 119:145-147)

Do not look at the circumstances in which you find yourself.  Did not Jesus say that adversity would come to those who love the Lord?  Look instead to the promises the Lord gives that He has a purpose in all things.  Do hold fast to the law of the Lord and know that His goodness is forever.  Be guided by the truth of God’s Word and not the circumstances of this world.

Come Holy Spirit and minister to my heart amidst the circumstances in which I find myself.  Lead me in faith to see that You are there in spite of circumstances and not the cause of what befalls me.  Lead me through all circumstances to grow in faith and see clearly that You have been with me each step of the way.  May I grow such that my trust in You becomes complete.

Lord Jesus, You are the example of the godly life.  Your ministry was fraught with those who were opposed to You every step of the way.  You led a godly life even up to the cross.  Help me, in Your example, to hold fast and walk alongside You always.  When I falter, pick me up.  When I stumble, catch me.  In all things, hold me fast to You that I would press on toward the goal of eternity with You.  Amen.

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