This will encourage and challenge your heart.
We have need to use this prayer at all times!
“Do not forsake me, O Lord! Do not be far from me, O my God!” Psalm 38:21
Frequently we pray that God would not forsake us in the hour of trial and temptation–but we too much forget that we have need to use this prayer at all times. There is no moment of our life, however holy–in which we can do without His constant upholding. Whether in light or in darkness, in communion or in temptation–we alike need the prayer, “Do not forsake me, O Lord!” “Hold me up–and I shall be safe!”
A little child, while learning to walk–always needs the parent’s aid.
The ship left by the navigator–drifts at once from her course.
We cannot do without continuous aid from God!
Let this be your prayer every day:
“Do not forsake me, O Lord! Do not be far from me, O my God!
Father, do not forsake Your child–lest he fall by the hand of the enemy.
Shepherd, do not forsake Your lamb–lest he wander from the safety of the fold.
Great Gardener, do not forsake Your tender plant–lest it wither and die!
Do not forsake me now, O Lord! And do not forsake me at any momentof my life.
Do not forsake me in my joys–lest they absorb my heart.
Do not forsake me not in my sorrows–lest I murmur against You.
Do not forsake me–for without You I am weak, but with You I am strong.
Do not forsake me–for my path is dangerous and full of snares.
Do not forsake me–for I cannot travel without Your guidance.
The hen does not forsake her chicks. O Lord, give me refuge under Your wings.
Do not be far from me, O Lord, for trouble is near–and there is none to help.
Do not forsake me, O Lord! Do not be far from me, O God of my salvation!”
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Tom Stearns, WASI Chaplain, 907 715-4001