Filling a Desolate Sanctuary

O our God, hear your servant’s prayer! Listen as I plead. For your own sake, Lord, smile again on your desolate sanctuary.  Daniel 9:17

If I were being honest, I’d have to admit that sometimes I feel like a desolate sanctuary.  I’m sure Daniel felt that way many days, living in captivity as he did and being looked down upon and scrutinized by those he encountered in a strange and hostile foreign land.  I bet there were many times he yearned to sit quietly in the sanctuary of the True God and reflect on his glory and provision for life.  The important thing that our verse today points out is that we are not alone, never deserted, not ever left in the lurch by our Lord no  matter how bad things might appear to be.  Our God is mighty to save and eager to hear our prayers whenever we are ready to lift them to Him on high.

Today, does it seem like your life is veering out of control or has taken a turn for the worst?  Do you feel alone and unhappy, pushed out of your comfort zone and unable to access the grace that sanctuary provides?  Do you wonder if and when things might ever turn around for you, so that you would once more feel strong and capable to do THAT thing? 

Cry out to the Lord today.  If not for you, then for another who feels left, deserted, devoid of friends, family and hope.  They’re out there, and as surely as the sun comes up each morning, God cares.  Make them (or you) the focus of prayer today and reach out with love.

This week lent began, and with it a challenge from my church: Contact someone you have not talked to in a while and express love to that person. 

Today, I would challenge you:  Pray that God puts in your mind the name of someone you have not spoken with in a long time.  Once you have that name, do for them what you would want someone else to do for you, were you feeling like a desolate sanctuary in need of human companionship and reconstruction.  This type of service is it’s own reward.

Blessings to all of you who remember others in your prayers.

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