Monday, December 30, 2019

A Prepper's Prayer

 "The prudent sees danger and hides himself, but the simple go on and suffer for it." -- Proverbs 22:3 

A Prepper's Prayer (by Timothy Gamble, December 20, 2017)

Heavenly Father, You are our refuge, our fortress. [1] In You we find the courage and strength [2] and wisdom [3] we need to live and thrive and do your will in all things [4]. You call us to live lives set apart from the worldly system of the Evil One. Have mercy on us and help us as we seek to live according to Your ways and Your Will.

In Proverbs [5], Solomon teaches us that a wise man, a prudent man, foresees danger and prepares for it, while a worldly man, a foolish man, ignores danger and suffers the consequences. O Lord, help us to be wise, not worldly. Help us be prudent, not foolish.

All wisdom flows from You, Father, so help us with our most important preparation for dangerous times: building a deep and abiding relationship with You. Give us a love for Your laws. Give us Your wisdom. Make the words of the Psalmist [6] ring true for us: Oh, how I love Your law! It is my meditation all the day. You, through Your commandments, make me wiser than my enemies; For they are ever with me.

Paul teaches us that our bodies are the temple of the Holy Spirit. [7] Help us to care for your temple properly, to keep it healthy and fit, both spiritually and physically. Help us to make wise moves financially, for Solomon teaches us that the borrower is slave to the lender, [8] therefore let us be enslaved to no one, so that we can live our lives for You unimpeded.

Help us, Lord, to not be lazy or indulgent, but rather to be industrious and thrifty. Help us to save and store up food and other necessities for difficult times, for we are commanded to provide for ourselves and our family at all times. [9]

Help us, Lord, to be able to defend ourselves, our families, and those who cannot defend themselves, for You have given us the right of self-defense against those who would do us harm. [10]

Lord, You have also taught us the value of Charity, [11] to be a help to those who cannot help themselves - orphans, widows, the elderly, the disabled, and others in need. Help us to live wisely, so that in times of great need we are not in need ourselves, but therefore are able to provide generously to those who are in need.

In the Name of the Father, and the Son, and the Holy Spirit. Amen.


 Bible Verses used:
1 - Psalm 91:2
2 - Joshua 1:9
3 - Proverbs 2:6
4 - Philippians 4:13
5 - Proverbs 22:3
6 - Psalm 119:97-98
7- 1 Corinthians 6:19
8 - Proverbs 22:7
9 - 1 Timothy 5:8
10 - Exodus 22:2 & Luke 22:35-36 among many other passages
11 - Matthew 5:3-12, Matthew 25:35, Acts 11:27-30, Et. al.

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