Prayer Guide: August 2017
from Empower - Moment in the Word, by Ronald Ovitt
A bruised reed he will not break, and a smoldering wick he will not snuff out. Isaiah 42:3 (NIV)
How great it is that we can come before an Almighty and Holy God, totally unworthy, full of sin and rebellion and yet experience such love, mercy and forgiveness. David knew this. After getting a married woman pregnant and then purposely having her husband killed in battle, David came to the realization of how far he had wandered from God. He then comes to God in repentance praying, "Have mercy on me, O God, according to your unfailing love; according to your great compassion blot out my transgressions." And that is exactly what he experienced.
God was gracious to him. God forgave him and had mercy upon him. Isaiah knew about this kind of love as well. He paints a word picture illustrating God's mercy toward us. He writes "A bruised reed he will not break, and a smoldering wick he will not snuff out." How gentle we would have to be, not to break a reed that was already bent? How careful would we have to be, not to totally extinguish a smoldering wick that has already lost its flame? Isn't it good to know that this is God's attitude of mercy and grace toward us?
Doesn't it bring joy to your heart to know that you can take anything you have done or have not done and confess it to Him and experience His tender mercy? How wonderful God is. Today, might the words of Jeremiah, in Lamentations 3:22-23, fill your heart with joy and peace. He wrote, "Because of the LORD's great love we are not consumed, for his compassions never fail. They are new every morning; great is your faithfulness."
Father, I come to you today, with all my sins and wrong doings and give them to You. I thank You for Your tender mercy. I thank You for Your forgiveness and compassion toward me. God, I understand that it because of Your great love that I am not consumed. Truly, Your compassions never fail, they are new every morning. AMEN
(Thank you Ronald Ovitt for your writing and prayer leadership!)