“I love you, O LORD, my strength. The LORD is my rock, my fortress and my deliverer; my God is my rock, in whom I take refuge. He is my shield and the horn of my salvation, my stronghold. I call to the LORD, who is worthy of praise, and I am saved from my enemies” – Psalm 18:1-3
O Lord God,
My heart is so heavy right now with many reports of friends facing such dire situations.
Oh, that enemy cancer!
How I hate it! The devastating effects of this disease are immeasurable. I’ve never gone through it. I’ve only seen its effects on those it tries to devour–watching as people we know and love are filled with suffering and pain and sorrow.
They are beaten down by this evil adversary, which is usually joined by the forces of fear and discouragement, pain and hopelessness, agony and waiting…lots of waiting.
Your very Word, dear Father, tells us how to pray in times such as these–when everything seems desperate and there is nothing else we can do but lift up our cries to You. For in You, there is hope! So, Lord, according to Your Word…
Break down the walls of despair, O Lord!
Build a fortress of protection in which to hide from this evil enemy that lives inside. That enemy that penetrates from within and sucks the life out of the one it inhabits. The enemy that hides silently for so long and then rears its ugly head to bring on incredible agony to all touched by its malignant tentacles. This enemy that takes up residence in homes and turns everything upside down.
And Satan stands by and celebrates.
Let the evil one and his minions not have the final say, O Lord! Fight for us, Father! You’re the only One strong enough to beat this evil monster!
Hear our cries, O Lord! Be angry! Part the heavens and come down with hailstones and bolts of lightning. Shoot Your arrows and scatter the enemy—lay bare its foundations at Your rebuke. Make the adversary turn its back in flight and destroy it.
Reach down from on high, Father, and take hold of all these who are weighing on my heart. Draw them out of the deep waters. Rescue them from cancer and its effects…from this disease that is too strong for them. But NEVER too strong for YOU!
Be their support. Bring them out into a spacious place. Rescue them because You delight in them. Keep their lamps burning, O God; turn their darkness into light.
By Your help, give them strength to fight and overcome every obstacle. Be their shield as they take refuge in You. Make their feet like the feet of a deer; able to stand on the heights and not falter. Train their hands for battle, Lord. Provide them with Your shield of victory. Sustain them with Your right hand. Stoop down to make them great. Broaden the path beneath their feet, so they may walk without stumbling. Go with them and give them victory as they pursue and overtake the enemy.
Your way, O God, is perfect; Your Word is flawless. How they need Your Word, O Lord.
You are faithful and trustworthy. You alone are God; You are the Rock.
The LORD lives!
Praise be to God my Rock!
Exalted be God my Savior!
Show Your people Your unfailing love, O LORD! Answer them in their distress. Send them help from Your sanctuary. Give them the desires of their hearts and make all their plans succeed. May You, O LORD, grant all their requests. Answer them from Your holy heaven with the saving power of Your right hand.
In the midst of their sorrow, strengthen them according to Your Word.
Fill them with joy and peace—that peace that passes all understanding—as they trust in You, so they may overflow with hope by the power of the Holy Spirit.
You are the Lord Almighty! You are able. You are faithful. You are GOD!
In You we place our trust!
In Jesus’ name, Amen.
(From Psalms 18, 20; Romans 15:13; Psalm 119:28)
Scripture from New International Version of the Bible, 1984
Isaiah 26:3 photo by Sabra Penley