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This is a prayer for those who are going through times of near intolerable pressure.

If the Lord is moving the stage sets of our lives around, it is only because He is changing the scenery – and by His mercy the new scenarios will be good. By His grace may we let Him do whatever it takes to keep us moving forward.

To those who are feeling overwrought and pummelled,
and only just keeping going,
the Lord would say:

Not by might nor by power, but by my Spirit,’
says the LORD Almighty.

“What are you, O mighty mountain? You will become level ground.
Then he will bring out the capstone to shouts of `God bless it! Grace to it!’

“Don’t despise the day of small beginnings!” (Zech. 4:6-7,10)

My children, many have come
and many have gone
without finding the place of inner release.

There are reasons for the blocks
that keep them from standing on the Rock.

Some plans miscarry through
insufficient tarrying in My presence
and failing to seek My purposes.

So come, My child,
over the shards, through the narrow places
and across the broad slow plains
until you find some quickening ray
as you pray;
for I too am paying a heavy cost
to keep you in the fray.

Lord, with joy I receive Your love,
for nothing else can satisfy my heart,
and nothing less shall fill my day.
I receive Your love;
deep within my soul.

You do not give us a spirit of timidity,
but of power and love and self control.
Rally our defences when the devil intrudes;
challenge our complacency
when we are tempted to go our own way.
You want us to seek You,
even in the most ordinary of events.

Therefore as you go,
may you know His power in your life;
as you live, may you yield up more of your heart
and so receive His love –
which nurtures like a mother
and teaches like a father.