And this is the confidence that we have toward [God], that if we ask anything according to his will he hears us. And if we know that he hears us in whatever we ask, we know that we have [received] the requests that we have asked of him.
1 John 5:14,15 (ESV)
Prayer is the deliberate act of the soul. It is true, full of grace and lasting, for it is united with and fixed into the will of our Lord by the inner working of the Holy Spirit.
~ from Revelations of Divine Love by Julian of Norwich
God delights in our prayer. Do not be discouraged. He hears you and knows your heart and your deepest desire. Shine, then, as His light in the darkness of the world. Be your brother’s hands and feet, be your sister’s pillow. God knows and will give you the desires of your heart because your will is aligned with His.
Delight yourself in the LORD, and he will give you the desires of your heart.
When a stranger resides with you in your land, you shall not oppress or mistreat him. But the stranger who resides with you shall be to you like someone native-born among you; and you shall love him as yourself, for you were strangers in the land of Egypt; I am the LORD your God.
Leviticus 19:33, 34 (AMP)
We were all slaves to sin and shame once. Jesus set us free. Let’s remember that the people we meet may never have met Jesus. When they meet us, let His love be the most obvious thing about us.
“You are the light of [Christ to] the world. A city set on a hill cannot be hidden; nor does anyone light a lamp and put it under a basket, but on a lampstand, and it gives light to all who are in the house.”
Matthew 5:14,15 (AMP)
The above is all that I was going to post this morning, but I just want to add that my thoughts are with the family of Jo Cox, who was killed yesterday in an unprovoked and almost unprecedented act of violence for the UK. An attack on a Member of Parliament is an attack on democracy itself. So very sad. So many prayers. I pray that there will be some good that emerges from the situation, some light from the darkness, and that the Cox family will know the peace that passes understanding. Although I didn’t know it, Jo Cox campaigned for the Syrian refugees and for those in poverty, so perhaps the post above will be even more appropriate today.