"Do not fear for I am with you. Do not be afraid for I am your Friend. As a matter of fact, I am your best Friend and your God. I watch over you. I cover your sin. I bring forth the new morning after your night of darkness. Look only to Me when you are in peril. Look only to Me when the darkness of your life is looming large in your face. I can be found when you have great need. I can be found when answers seem to be far off.
"Come to Me now in the midst of your dark time. Come to Me after I have delivered you from that time. Come to Me before the next trial. Come to Me at all times for all reasons, especially on behalf of others. I am always the answer."
2 Chr. 16:9 NIV
"For the eyes of the Lord range throughout the earth to strengthen those whose hearts are fully committed to him..."
Psalm 18:1- 2 NIV
1) I love you, O Lord my strength.
2) The Lord is my rock, my fortress and deliverer; my God is my rock, in whom I take refuge, He is my shield...
Psalm 20:6-7 AMP
6) Now I know that the Lord saves His anointed; He will answer him from His holy heaven with the saving strength of His right hand.
7) Some trust in and boast of chariots and some of horses, but we will trust in and boast of the name of the Lord our God.
2 Cor. 12:15 AMP
But I will most gladly spend [myself] and be utterly spent for your souls...
Gal. 4:19 NIV
My dear children, for whom I am again in the pains of childbirth until Christ is formed in you.
It is so very easy to flip some light and weightless prayers to the Lord when things are going well or on behalf of someone else's need. It is a much different matter when things in our personal lives seem so overwhelming that we can hardly move. We seek the Lord fervently and without ceasing.
God is after each of us to always seek Him when we have need. He also desires that we seek Him on behalf of others and the things He cares about with the same fervency we have when our world is being challenged. Paul understood that. Jesus certainly understood that. He even gave His life for our need. We are called to do the same for others. When we are able to care for others more than we care for ourselves, we enter into a freedom that is given only to those who really know Who Jesus is and why He did what He did. I don't know about you; but I am light years away from who I'm supposed to be, if I call myself a follower of Jesus.
Help me die to me and live as You lived, Lord,