Devotion for Tuesday, May 23, 2023

“Then the angel took the censer and filled it with the fire of the altar, and threw it to the earth; and there followed peals of thunder and sounds and flashes of lightning and an earthquake” (Revelation 8:5).

The prayers of the saints mixed with the will of the Lord will affect the earth.  There are those in this world who do great evil.  Those who stand firm in the Lord counter the evils.  It is unimaginable how evil the world would be without the constraint of the Lord.  Be one who lives within that constraint and know that in just doing that, you combat the wickedness of this age.  The Lord uses all things to work together for good.

Lord, I do not need to understand all these things in order to see that Your hand is upon us all.  You guide us so that in You we have hope.  You hear all my prayers.  Your will is firmly established and we are invited to live according to Your will.  Lead me in these things so that I will join with the saints of every time and place and rejoice in Your goodness and mercy.  Open my heart to receive what You teach.

My Lord and Savior, You have asked that I come before You in prayer and pray without ceasing.  I do not fully know what this means.  Yet, I am willing to walk down this path because of Your calling.  Guide the thoughts of my mind and teach me to pray.  Lead me according to Your goodness to know that in You is all hope and the only future worth living.  Lead me, Lord, now and always, on the path You have placed before me by grace.  Amen.