Read Matthew 11: 28-30
Jesus said, “In this world you will have trouble.
But take heart! I have overcome the world.”
My life was in shambles. Working three jobs, I still couldn’t
support my family. I felt like a failure. At home, my sons had
drifted into destructive pursuits. My wife and I barely spoke. I
felt isolated and alone. At night I would pray to die and awaken
disappointed to still be alive.
Finally, in despair, I walked into the garage, intending to
end my life. Instead, I fell to my knees and prayed, “Jesus, I
do not want to die. But, I don’t want to go on living like this
either. Take this burden away. Jesus, please save my life!” In
a flash, Jesus showed me the difference between his humility
and my pride, his meekness and my anger, his faithfulness and
my selfishness and deceit. Repenting of my sins, I asked Jesus
to transform me — to come into my heart and make me clean.
Immediately, rays of hope entered me, and I felt alive again.
After that day, my relationship with my family changed. We
cried and prayed together. We forgave each other. We studied
the Bible and, with the help of other Christians, my wife and
I reconciled. Finally, one
Sunday, my family and
I stood together before
hundreds of witnesses and
professed Jesus as Lord.
Although none of us is
perfect, our Savior is. We can know that whatever happens,
Jesus will never leave us; and knowing this can give us peace.
Prayer: Dear Lord Jesus, thank you for loving and rescuing us
when we cry out to you. Amen.
Stephen Smith (Texas)
Prayer Focus: SOMEONE CONSIDERING SUICIDE
Thought for the Day
When we draw near to God,
God will draw near to us.
(See Jas. 4: 8.)