Daily Reading and Prayer: Thursday, July 9

Daily Reading and Prayer submitted by Lona Ryan

Isaiah 46:4
Even to your old age and gray hairs
I am he, I am he who will sustain you.
I have made you and I will carry you;
I will sustain you and I will rescue you.

John 3:16
For God so loved the world that he gave his one and only Son, that whoever believes in him shall not perish but have eternal life.

Psalm 103:8,12
8 The Lord is compassionate and gracious,
slow to anger, abounding in love.
12 as far as the east is from the west,
so far has he removed our transgressions from us.

Psalm 139:1,14,23
You have searched me, Lord,
and you know me.
14 I praise you because I am fearfully and wonderfully made;
your works are wonderful,
I know that full well.
23 Search me, God, and know my heart;
test me and know my anxious thoughts.


For me, these verses take me from the womb to the grave, safe with God’s love and protection for the journey knowing that no matter what I may face He is with me and I am never alone. (Safe as a mouse in God’s pocket!) Sometimes in my life, the only prayer I could pray was to simply repeat his name over and over like a mantra because I have no words.

Prayer:

(by Ann Voskamp)
Lord, Thank You
I am not the mistakes I have made.
I am not the plans I have failed.
I am not the wrongs I have done.
I am not forgotten.
I am not abandoned.
I am not alone.
Because You say to the lost: Come.
You say to the Unlikely: Beloved
You say to the Battle Weary: Rest.
In a hard and beautiful world,
Your grace is the only pillowed relief for my tired soul
to rest in You making all things new.
And all the brave heaved relief and smiled their Amen.