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A Prayer of Duty
by Steven Crocker
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Father forgive me for my fear. Help me to see the reality of this world rather than its delusion. This delusion cannot last for it does not contain the truth. Help me trust in you all the more. Give me more faith and then even more. Restore my joy in my inheritance and in my life in you. These are all my desires. Bring me to an ever closer walk with you. Make my judgements true and right. Lord, let me find my peace in you. Give me the patience for you to work your plan in the knowledge that you only give good things to your elect. Father, donít let me become envious or covet the things of this world. They are all a passing fancy. Only you are forever. Please donít let anger overcome me and keep me from the evil that I see round about me. Help me know that they, too, are only dust in the wind. Keep me in the knowledge that my patience will be rewarded. Father, help me to stay as quiet, gentile and submissive in my relationships both with you and the world. Most of all shower me with your peace.

Keep me, my God, from those who plot against your saints. Those who bite like the viper who is their keeper. You know that his day will come. What a laugh that must seem to you. Father, they have come against us all at one time or another. At the time I took it seriously, that is, until I heard your unmistakable laugh. Then I knew that you were in control and would use the very things that they came against us with to their own demise. Praise your holy name! Keep me mindful that what I have here on this planet is worth little but what I have in you is priceless. Uphold me under your wings, dear Lord, remind me of my future. Let me stand, unashamed, at the glory of your word , remembering that the enemy, though, fat with what they consume will become like smoke and be remembered no more. When they steal let me give. When they curse let me bless, for I know that all my existence and situations have been ordered by you for my welfare. I was young but I am older now and in my experience I have never been forsaken or have wanted for any need. Thank you. I am truly blessed.

Help me to resist evil. Help me to do what is right in your eyes. Nothing else matters. Keep me in mind of your promises and provide me with wisdom. Keep your law in my heart. Father, keep the enemy at bay build a hedge around me. Right now the wicked seem to have great power. Their forces are surrounding your saints. Make them smoke, my God, make it so I cannot even find them. Cut them off, Father, like winter wheat. Indicate your elect with the mark of righteousness. Keep all of us, if possible, in peace. Make our decisions pure and true. You have promised that you are the author of our salvation and our strength. We need that strength now more than ever. We need your help and deliverance like never before. You are our trust and our confidence.( Psalms 37).

Day and night I offer you this prayer for you are my salvation. Hear my cry, my Father. Sometimes I feel like I am on my last leg. I am in need of a mighty blessing. It is like I can accomplish nothing. Then I remember that other prayer where I asked for even more faith. That is something that should not be asked lightly for you have promised to give us our heartís desires.

Here is my response:
Though you give me the lowest point in my life still will I trust you. If the darkness of the enemy surrounds me still will I trust you. If I find myself in the depths of despair my trust will only deepen. In the wrath of men or the enemy my faith is secure. Affliction in every form will be treated with more faith. Should my friends desert me my faith is in you. Should I be hated by all, in your love, I am secure. My faith reside even stronger if I am never listened to or respected. No matter my affliction it is you who I will turn to. I know your wonders are all around me and what great pleasure it is for you to reveal them. You will not save them for the dead but for the living. They cannot declare your name but I will. It is ignorant to think that faith in you would be proved by destruction. You have said we are the light of the world and that is what I intend to be. Your righteousness will never be forgotten by me. Though lovers and friends deny me my faith is doubled. My soul is secure. I have touched your face. I WILL not be afraid. Though you would slay me still will I serve.

If you died today, are you absolutely certain that you would go to heaven? You can be! TRUST JESUS NOW

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