In Christ I trust

O Lord, God of my salvation, I cry out day and night before You. Let my prayer come before You; incline Your ear to my cry. For my soul is full of troubles, and my life draws near to Sheol. I am counted with those who go down to the grave; I am a man who has no strength, like one who is set free among the dead, like the slain who lie in the grave, like those whom You remember no more, for they are cut off from Your hand. You have laid me in the depths of the pit, in dark and deep regions. Your wrath lies heavy upon me, and You have afflicted me with all Your waves. Selah. You have caused my companions to be far from me; You have made me an abomination to them; I am shut up, and I cannot escape; my eye is dim from my affliction. Lord, I call daily upon You, and I have stretched out my hands to You. Will You show wonders to the dead? Shall the dead rise up to praise You? Selah. Shall Your lovingkindness be declared in the grave or your faithfulness in Abaddon? Shall Your wonders be known in the darkness or Your righteousness in the land of forgetfulness? But unto You have I cried, O Lord, and in the morning my prayer comes before You. O Lord, why do You cast away my soul? Why do You hide Your face from me? I am afflicted and close to death since my youth; while I suffer Your terrors, I am helpless. Your fierce wrath sweeps over me; Your terrors destroy me. They come around me daily like a flood; they encircle me together. You have caused me to be far from my lovers and friends, and my companion is darkness. [Psalm 88] Yet I will believe that You desire to have a relationship with me.

Holy Spirit, You inspired John to write: “The true Light, which enlightens everyone, was coming into the world. He was in the world, and the world was created through Him, yet the world did not know Him. He came to His own, and His own people did not receive Him, He gave power to become sons of God, to those who believed in His name, who were born not of blood, nor of the will of the flesh, nor of the will of man, but of God.” [John 1:9-13]

I know and believe in You, O God, I believe that Christ came as a man, lived a sinless life, died on a cross for all our sins, and rose again to life three days later to offer us salvation with the hope of eternity with Him in heaven. I believe that the Holy Spirit was sent to walk with us and to teach us to live as much in the Spirit as we do in this current world. Because of this foundation of belief, I believe in the power of praying and standing before You in the throne room daily making my praise, petitions, and desires known to You so that I can live fully within Your will and with the power You give all sons and daughters of Yours.

Humble yourselves, therefore, under God’s mighty hand, that he may lift you up in due time. Cast all your anxiety on him because he cares for you. Be self-controlled and alert. Your enemy the devil prowls around like a roaring lion looking for someone to devour. Resist him, standing firm in the faith, because you know that your brothers throughout the world are undergoing the same kind of suffering. And the God of all grace, who called you to his eternal glory in Christ, after you have suffered a little while, will himself restore you and make you strong, firm, and steadfast. To him be the power forever and ever. Amen. 1Peter 5:6-11