It is interesting, throughout the books of Ezra and Nehemiah, the scribe Ezra continually remarks, “The gracious hand of God was upon me.” He makes this claim through good times and bad; through celebrations and opposition; through success and danger.
Ezra had spent his life, not only studying his faith, but living it. Over the years, he had come to know God’s presence, protection and guidance first hand. He reminds us that there is more to this everyday life than what we see.
Today I pray that you too would recognize the gracious hand of God upon you. Whether you are in the midst of deep struggles or on top of the world, God is with you.
Let us pray: God of hope, today we remember the words of the Apostle Paul that if you are with us, who is against us? We remember that you are bigger than any obstacle we face. We remember that your love is deep, and your grace is sufficient. Open our eyes to see your hand at work – even in our everyday lives.
We pray today especially for those who might need an extra measure of your grace and guidance this day. We ask your protection for women and men overseas serving this country as ambassadors, peace keepers, aid workers, or military personnel. We pray also for friends or neighbors we know are struggling. Draw near to them – and grant them your hope. Amen.