Lord, Be with Us :: by John Lysaught

Walk with us Jesus, for we need You more than ever. The time is unknown of your return, but the season is here. We need You to help us stay strong. We need You to lean on—to help us stay strong during these dire times. What You mean to us is salvation, and You help us to keep this on the forefront of our hearts as we tread and trudge through each day in this vile world. You are our Keeper, our Grace, and we are Your sheep who need to be watched and cared for.

“For I know the thoughts that I think toward You, saith the LORD, thoughts of peace, and not of evil, to give You an expected end” (Jeremiah 29:11).

We need peace in our hearts, Lord. Peace, and assurance of being taken care of like a newborn baby. We need You to feed us the milk of Your wisdom and the meat of Your knowledge. We need assurance of safety in these times of turmoil. The world is against us but You are for us; let us not forget this as we face adversity. Shine Your light upon us; show us comfort and love and give us peace of mind and heart.

Every day is a day closer to Your coming, Christ. We are struggling to not be shut down by the world. We are surrounded by evil and the fight is hard. Sin envelops around us like a pack of wolves, ready to pounce and feed on our hearts. Be with us in our battles. Be our Armor, be our Sword. Be our Commander. Help us defeat temptation and give us an escape when it is seemingly unendurable for us to survive.

“And we have known and believed the love that God hath to us. God is love; and he that dwelleth in love dwelleth in God, and God in him” (1 John 4:16).

We need Your love, oh God. We need it to survive and grow. We need strength and endurance to finish the race put before us. We need Your love to embolden us—to resist Satan. We need Your love to share Your glory and Your ways with others. We need Your love, for we love You and our hearts need the comfort only You can give us.

As Christians, we dwell in Your love and cherish You more than anything else in this world. You are above all things, the Creator of all. You know each of us. You know our thoughts, our desires and You know our hearts. May our hearts show You the love we have for You—our Almighty God. Strengthen our hearts to be with You. Help us to remain faithful and strong in You as the end nears.

You say that if we dwell in Your love then You will dwell in us. Please Lord, I pray that You will always stay in us. Your promises are true and Your ways are always right. This is a promise You have given us, that You will dwell in us if we love You. As Christians we believe in Your promises—all of them, and know that whatever adversity we face from this world, You will be with us in our trials and tribulations. You will help us overcome and stay on the path of righteousness.
“That Christ may dwell in Your hearts by faith; that ye, being rooted and grounded in love, may be able to comprehend with all saints what is the breadth, and length, and depth, and height; And to know the love of Christ, which passeth knowledge, that ye might be filled with all the fulness of God” (Ephesians 3:17-19).

You are the center of our lives, Jesus. Nothing can separate us from You except ourselves. Stay in our hearts Lord Jesus. Keep us strong.

Knowing that we cannot fully comprehend Your love, give us the assurance of Your caring and wellbeing and our salvation with You in heaven. We have the stumbling block of sin in us, Jesus. We need Your help with fighting that old sin nature every day of our lives. The world is after us, hell-bent on taking us away from You.

This happens all too often. The temptations are too overwhelming for some, and they don’t take the escape route that You provide. They fall, they fail, and they get so far away from You. The world fools the lost into believing that they don’t need You, or that they are not good enough for You.

We face temptation every day, it is thrown in our faces endlessly. Temptation and sin are always around the corner knocking on the door of our minds. We fail for we are imperfect creatures. But please give us strength to learn from our mistakes and give us grace when we ask for it, when we do fall and sin.

Remind us of who we are on a daily basis. Remind us who we are to You and give our hearts comfort and strength to carry on. Help us to stay on the straight and narrow path leading to heaven. Help us not to fail You. Help us to grow in our love and relationship with You, as Your return draws near. Keep us strong in You so we can overcome and resist Satan. Dwell in us Jesus, keep us striving to keep You in our hearts every moment of the day.

“For the mountains shall depart, and the hills be removed; but my kindness shall not depart from thee, neither shall the covenant of my peace be removed, saith the LORD that hath mercy on thee” (Isaiah 54:10).

Lord, continue to have mercy on those of us who love You. You are our Rock and our steadfast love. You promise that Your kindness will not depart from us. You have given us a covenant of peace. Let us be faithful in these promises. Let us place them in our hearts and lock them into our minds and souls. You are the great: I Am, and let us never forget this. Let us never forget Your forever and unending love for us. You don’t break Your promises and Your love is too great for us to ever comprehend.

Give us peace in this world filled with things contrary to You, and from the turmoil taking place around us every minute of each day. Let us be thankful for Your promises of peace and kindness toward us. Keep us safe in Your hands. Be our Rock when the oceans rage. Be our shelter when the storm around us intensifies.

We trust in You and Your promises Lord. You are our peace and strength.

“Let love be without dissimulation. Abhor that which is evil; cleave to that which is good” (Romans 12:9).

Lord, let our love for You be genuine love without dissimulation. Teach us to avoid evil and to hold on to that which is good in Your eyes. Some people who say they are Christians don’t have a genuine love for You. They just go through the motions. They go to church and that is it; they think it is good enough.

Give those people a sense of needing more, Lord. More of You. They are lost. Give us the strength and power to move these people. Give them the hope of a better future—eternity with You. Not everyone who thinks they are Christians are in the Book of Life, but let us help add pages for You.

In the world in which we live, we are surrounded on all sides by evil. The world is pure evil and fights against us daily. We are hit on all sides by the world and Satan, tempting us to keep from loving and wanting to be with You. Give us the insight to recognize evil for what it is, no matter how sneaky Satan and the world are with their temptations. Help us to overcome evil and be our escape. If and when we do fail and give into temptation, be with us as we ask for Your forgiveness, and please pour out Your grace and mercy upon us.

“Because he hath set his love upon me, therefore will I deliver him: I will set him on high, because he hath known my name. He shall call upon me, and I will answer him: I will be with him in trouble; I will deliver him, and honour him. With long life will I satisfy him, and shew him my salvation” (Psalm 91: 14-16).

Lord, let us hold fast to our love for You. We need You more now than ever, for the time of the end grows closer as each day passes. The world is a mess and Your prophecies are being fulfilled. You are our hope. You have covered our sins and have promised us eternity with You in heaven, if we believe through faith that You died for our sins. We thank You Jesus for your grace and want nothing more than to be with You—in heaven.

When we pray Lord, please heed our prayers and answer us in a way that we know it is You and You alone. You are the light of the world, and with You there is no darkness in us. Keep us out of the shadows of the world. Keep Satan at bay in our lives and give us the power through You, to resist the devil’s deceptive schemes.

You are our life and our hope. Keep us close to You and shepherd us to wisdom and knowledge of Your greatness and power. Give us the strength to endure to the end and give us the hope and faith in You, Christ our Savior.