I am recording this on the night of Monday, April 15, 2013. Today has been one of tragedy in the city of Boston. So far, three are dead and many are injured. Join with me in prayer, won’t you?
Our Heavenly Father, we come to you in the mighty name of Jesus, asking that your Holy Spirit would be with each person and each family that has been affected by this terrible bombing in Boston. Lord, we ask that you bring comfort. We ask that you bring healing. We ask that you bring peace in the midst of heartbreak. Please, God, give the caretakers and doctors wisdom and strength as they minister to the injured. Bring comfort to them. We ask, Father, that those who are investigating this evil deed would quickly find those responsible, and that they would be brought to justice. God, you tell us to pray for our enemies. You know that’s really hard in this kind of situation, right? But since you tell us to do it, we pray for them now by faith. We pray that you would touch their hearts and cause them to see you and not the hate that brought them to do this terrible thing. Bring them to you so that they would renounce this crime and give themselves up. We pray for our country Lord. Help us to rely on You all the more because of this. If there is anything that we can do to help those in Boston, show us. Let us be a source of your love and comfort. We pray this in Jesus’ name. Amen.
And now, to today’s reading.
Moses is given his orders from God. The reaction of Pharaoh is predictable, and the Israelites become unhappy with Moses. We’re reading from the New International Version for chapters 5 and 6 of the book of Exodus.
May God bless the reading of His Word.
Of course Pharaoh’s response to God’s initial order that he let the people have some time off to worship God was predictable. The Israelites were central to the kingdom’s operation. No way was Pharaoh going to let that happen. And then, to make the point even more emphatically, he increased their workload, which caused the Israelites to turn on Moses. Of course, the story is just beginning. Be sure to come back tomorrow as God turns up the pressure on Pharaoh.
Until then, may God bless you richly. Don’t forget to keep lifting up the people of Boston in prayer. See you tomorrow. I’m Steve Webb.