Day by Day - Mar. 4, 2011
For Protection and Strength in the Face of Terrorism
by Charles R. Swindoll
"Cease striving and know that I am God;
I will be exalted among the nations, I will be exalted in the earth.”
The LORD of hosts is with us;
The God of Jacob is our stronghold.
O God, as never before in this generation, we are dependent upon You for protection and strength. Though the mountains quake, though bridges fall, though tunnels are destroyed, though ships sink, though there will be the loss of life, though there will be the threat of war, though there are even at this time terrorists and enemies within our midst, we will not fear. Our resolve is firm because our refuge lies in the eternal foundation of the living God.
We pray for parents. Strong and brave, may they stand. May they set their hearts on You for the protection of their offspring, especially those who serve in the military. We pray for loved ones and family members and friends who grieve the loss of those taken in terrorist acts and in fierce combat on the battlefield.
We pray that You will give our national leaders and their counselors great courage and wisdom. Give us sufficient trust and confidence to follow them. May our country and our world remain united as evil is assaulted and as we fall on our knees in humble repentance before You.
In the process of giving us victory, we pray that You will purge our nation. Bring us before You in humble trust and remind us over and over again that God is our refuge and strength, a very present help in trouble.
We ask this confidently in the name of Christ, our Victorious Warrior. Amen.
Reprinted by permission. Day by Day, Charles Swindoll, July 2005, Thomas Nelson, inc., Nashville, Tennessee. All rights reserved. Purchase "Day by Day" here.