Opening Prayer: In Thy will, O Lord, is my peace. In Thy love is my rest. In Thy service is my joy. Thou art all my heart’s desire. Amen. (A Diary of Private Prayer by John Baillie)
Scripture: Psalm 142:1-7
Journal: How is the Lord your refuge these days? What do you need him to be your refuge from? How does this Psalm speak to something in your heart or life today?
The story was of a poor woman who had been carried triumphantly through a life of unusual sorrow. She was giving the history of her life to a kind visitor on one occasion, and at the close the visitor said, feelingly, “O Hannah, I do not see how you could bear so much sorrow!” “I did not bear it,” was the quick reply; “the Lord bore it for me.” “Yes,” said the visitor “that is the right way. You must take your troubles to the Lord.” “Yes,” replied Hannah, “but we must do more than that; we must leave them there. Most people,” she continued, “take their burdens to Him, but they bring them away with them again, and are just as worried and unhappy as ever. But I take mine, and I leave them with Him, and come away and forget them. And if the worry comes back, I take it to Him again; I do this over and over, until at last I just forget that I have any worries, and am at perfect rest.” (The Christian’s Secret of a Happy Life by Hannah Whitall Smith)
Closing Prayer: O God, who hast been the Refuge of my fathers through many generations, be my Refuge today in every time and circumstance of need. Be my Guide through all that is dark and doubtful. Be my Strength in time of testing. Gladden my heart with Thy peace, through Jesus Christ my Lord. Amen. (A Diary of Private Prayer by John Baillie)