Daily Bread November 23

Cast Your Anchors into the Deep
Gordon Parrott of House Springs, MO, USA

Rise up, O Lord, in your anger;
 lift yourself up against the fury of my enemies;
 awake, O my God; you have appointed a judgment.
Let the assembly of the peoples be gathered around you,
 and over it take your seat on high. O let the evil of the wicked come to an end,
 but establish the righteous,
you who test the minds and hearts,
 O righteous God.
God is my shield,
 who saves the upright in heart. -Psalm 7:6-7, 9-10

Greetings, followers of Jesus Christ. One of the most interesting books I’ve ever read was a biography of the Apostle Paul. Most of you are familiar with Paul’s story and his contribution to the scriptures we all love. Remember the conversion from Saul of Tarsus to Paul on the road to Damascus. Remember his mission to the world and his desire to spread the good news to every world leader. Remember his sea voyage to Rome to bring the testimony of the Christ to Caesar, and the hurricane that threatened the ship and its passengers. Paul’s warning to the captain came after a visit from an angel of God, who led them to a small island where they would find safety for the nearly 300 passengers and crew. Paul seems to have taken charge of the ship and ordered the four stern anchors to be dropped into the sea. Those on board were saved, but the ship and its cargo were lost. Henceforth, Paul referred to the gospel as the “anchor” of our souls, and it remains so today.

The sea around us is beginning to show the swells of a coming storm which threatens us and Christianity. Where are our young families? Where are the elderly and middle-aged? Have they been distracted by the world and its many offerings, by the fruits of prosperity? I say distracted because I know that many are aware of the good news of God’s kingdom. They know of Jesus Christ, but the lure of other things is strong and appealing.

The time has come to remember the call of the gospel and the promises of God’s kingdom to come and to “cast our anchors into the deep” before the storm hits. If that sounds like a prayer, well, consider it so. It is my prayer for all of you brothers and sisters in Christ, in whose name I pray. Amen.

Prayer Phrase

God, help me seek peace for me, peace for us, peace for everyone, and peace for our planet. Amen.

Spiritual Practice

The International Community

Find (or imagine) a globe or map of the world. Look at all the nations and find a country other than your own. Notice the geographic distance between your homeland and this one. Picture a person living there. Pray for this person. Sense God’s love connecting you just as the oceans connect the continents. Thank God for the spiritual connection you have with all of God’s people around the globe. Ask a blessing on the church as a community sharing Christ’s peace, drawing all into the family of God.

Today’s Prayer for Peace

Engage in a daily practice of praying for peace in our world. Click here to read today’s prayer and be part of this practice of peace.

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