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In Times of Distress

Today’s Reflection

THE PASTOR HAD BEEN through some rough times; he knew what it was like to struggle with mental illness. But his illness had taught him that prayer isn’t something we do in our free time. It’s the life preserver we cling to when life threatens to drown us.

Often we think that praying means crafting long, eloquent prose or detailed lists of concerns and requests. But the pastor’s prayers were simple, three words each: “Lord have mercy. Thee I adore. Into Thy hands.” “Not difficult to remember. If in times of distress you hold to these, you will do well.”

devozine, sept/oct 2012

“From “Three Simple Prayers” by Sarah Authur, pages 11-12 in devozine, the devotional lifestyle magazine for teens, September/October 2012. Copyright © 2012 by The Upper Room. All rights reserved. Used by permission.The quote about the pastor is from The Scent of Water by British novelist Elizabeth Gouge.
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Today’s Question

Memorize the short prayer above. Share your thoughts.

Today’s Scripture

Is there anyone among you who, if your child asks for a fish, will give a snake instead of a fish? Or if the child asks for an egg, will give a scorpion? If you then, who are evil, know how to give good gifts to your children, how much more will the heavenly Father give the Holy Spirit to those who ask him!”
Luke 11:11-13, NRSV

This Week: pray for those who have guided you on your spiritual journey. Submit your prayer to The Upper Room Living Prayer Center or share it in the comment section below.

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Saints, Inc.:

This week we remember:
Bridget of Sweden
(July 24).

Lectionary Readings

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  • robert moeller July 28, 2013, 3:35 am

    Yes, it is a wonderful prayer, I agree that prayers do not have to be long. Sincerity counts a lot. Acknowledgement that God is our creator, praise and thanks for all God has done, and accepting God’s precious gift of love are important for me too. “Lord have mercy. Thee I adore. Into Thy hands.”

    Thank You Lord for those who You have used to help me grow spiritually and I thank You too for those I have yet to meet. It is a true blessing to have such people in our lives.

    I pray for my family, my wife with osteoarthritis and decisions to make about property she owns, my son for continued success in completing his college education, for my grand-daughter about to undergo surgery, for my daughter experiencing success in her occupation, for Heidi as she searches for a solution to her health problems, for Brandon and Logan that they will come to know You, Lord, and for Mom who at 94 is dealing with dementia and some health problems. Lord, help me to do what what You would have me do for all of them. In Your name I pray. Amen.

  • Jill July 28, 2013, 4:47 am

    I came across these three brief statements a few months ago and quickly jotted them down. Indeed – the sincerity of a prayer is significant. Just being with God…an attuned heart.

  • Mary Ng Shwu Ling July 28, 2013, 8:37 am

    “Lord have mercy. Thee I adore. Into Thy hands.”

    In times of distress, we need your mercy, Lord.

    We adore you, Lord.

    Into your hands, we commit ourselves, Lord.

    Thank you, Lord.

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