Word of Encouragement (07/22/2022)

Pastor James
July 22, 2022

John Baillie’s another evening prayer to finish the week:

“Now, O Lord, when the day’s work is done, I turn once more to you. All comes from you, all lives in you, all ends in you. In the morning I set out with your blessing, all day you have upheld me by your grace, and now I pray that you will grant me rest and peace. I cast all my cares upon you and leave to you the outcome of all my work. I pray that you will prosper all that has been done today in accordance with your will, and forgive all that has been done wrong. What good I have done today, graciously accept and use; and if I have done any harm, annul and overrule it by your almighty power.

“O Lord, I remember before you tonight all the workers of the world:

Those whose work is mainly physical and those whose work is mainly intellectual;

Those working in the cities or on the land;

Those who go out to work and those who keep the home;

Employers and employees;

Those who give orders and those who obey;

Those whose work is dangerous;

Those whose work is monotonous or demeaning;

Those who work against their will for little or no pay;

Those who can find no work to do;

Those whose work is the service of the poor or the healing of the sick or the proclamation of the gospel of Christ at home or overseas.

“Lord Jesus, who came not to be served but to serve, have mercy on all who work faithfully to serve the common good. Lord Jesus, who fed hungry crowds with loaves and fishes, have mercy on all those who have to endure physical hardship to earn their bread for a single day. Lord Jesus, who called all those who are weary and carrying heavy burdens to come to you, have mercy upon all those whose work is beyond their strength. And to you, with the Father and the Holy Spirit, be all the glory and praise. Amen.”