Let the morning bring me word of your unfailing love, for I have put my trust in you. Show me the way I should go, for to you I lift up my soul. Rescue me from my enemies, O LORD, for I hide myself in you. Teach me to do your will, for you are my God; may your good Spirit lead me on level ground. For your name’s sake, O LORD, preserve my life; in your righteousness, bring me out of trouble. Psalm 143:8-11
How often do you hear about a person or persons being rescued from dire circumstances? If you have been listening to the news for the past several days, we have been hearing of water rescues in different cities in South Carolina and other flooded cities. We hear of boat rescues frequently as we live near the ocean. We also hear of firemen rescuing people when there is a car accident and they are trapped or there is a fire in a home or business.
What does “rescue” mean to you? I looked up the word “rescue” in the Nelson’s Three-In-One Bible Reference Companion which says: to save or deliver from something perilous.
Rescue me from the mire, do not let me sink, deliver me from those who hate me, from the deep waters. Do not let the floodwaters engulf me or the depths swallow me up or the pit close its mouth over me. Psalm 69:14-15
Will you cry out to the Lord today for Him to rescue you and your spouse from the pain and suffering that you are going through with your marriage problems? Ask the Lord to rescue, save and deliver your spouse and family from the enemy’s tricks and schemes that are trying to destroy your marriage and all marriages. The enemy is out to steal, kill and destroy you and your loved ones.
We hear of standers who are being tossed to and fro with the waves of selfishness, anger, jealousy, adultery or financial pressures. Children are the victims as they watch both the parents they love fight with each other. Waves of unforgiveness and fighting are sweeping over their home that has always been known as their haven of protection. What can your child/children do? I pray that the children will keep crying out to their mom or dad saying, “Please! Stay together for our sakes! Don’t leave! We love you. We need you!” There are children of all ages around the world who are praying for God to do a miracle in their parents’ marriage. If you are the stander, you can pray this scripture below for your spouse’s heart to be softened and changed. I know our Lord God hears and sees their heartache and tears.
“He will turn the hearts of the fathers to their children, and the hearts of the children to their fathers; or else I will come and strike the land with a curse.” Malachi 4:6
How did divorce become such an epidemic to hurt and destroy so many families? Our world is winking at sin. The world is not encouraging faithfulness in a marriage. The world does not consider divorce or unfaithfulness to be a tragedy to a couple or their children. Who can rescue families from the storms of divorce? Nothing is too hard for God to rescue and restore marriages around the world. Cry out to your Lord for Him to be your refuge and rescue you, your husband or wife and family.
Turn your ear to me, come quickly to my rescue, be my rock of refuge, a strong fortress to save me. Psalm 31:2
May you and I pray that all the prodigal spouses, teenagers or young adults around the world who are living in this sin sick world will be rescued from the miry clay. May the Holy Spirit speak to all the prodigals ‘to come to their senses’, having godly sorrow, repenting, turning from their present sins and go home quickly as the Prodigal Son did in Luke 15.
As we start thinking about this weekend, please pray for the Holy Spirit to start preparing hearts and lives to be transformed at all the church services around the world this weekend and on Sunday. “Lord, rescue all the prodigal husbands and wives, our rebellious children and our loved ones from the perils of sin, marriage problems and divorce. Lord, You are the only One who can save them. Nothing is too hard for You. We trust and believe in Your mighty power. Lord, bring salvation to our homes this very weekend. In Jesus’ Name we pray. Amen.”
I am reminded of the song, written by Fanny J. Crosby, “Rescue The Perishing.” May this be your heart’s cry for this weekend for thousands of sinners to repent and turn away from their sinful lifestyle. Lord go call their names and lift them up out of the sinking sand of sin and bring them to safety. Lord, may they all call on the mighty Name of Jesus and humble themselves to You for their salvations.
By: Fanny J. Crosby and William H. Doane
Rescue the perishing, Care for the dying,
Snatch them in pity from sin and the grave;
Weep o’er the erring one, Lift up the fallen,
Tell them of Jesus, the Mighty to Save.
Tho’ they are slighting Him, Still He is waiting,
Waiting the penitent child to receive.
Plead with them earnestly, Plead with them gently;
He will forgive if they only believe.
Down in the human heart, Crushed by the tempter,
Feelings lie buried that grace can restore.
Touched by a loving heart, Wakened by kindness,
Chords that are broken will vibrate once more.
Rescue the perishing; Duty demands it.
Strength for thy labor the Lord will provide.
Back to the narrow way Patiently win them;
Tell the poor wand’rer a Savior has died.
Chorus: Rescue the perishing Care for the Dying;
Jesus is merciful, Jesus will save.
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“Repent and be baptized, every one of you, in the name of Jesus Christ for the forgiveness of your sins. And You will receive the gift of the Holy Spirit. The promise is for you and your children and for all who are far off – for all whom the Lord will call.” Acts 2:38-39
Please pray for a mighty harvest around the world this entire weekend as we all sing “Rescue The Perishing.” As you and I watch the world news may we all realize that none of us have any guarantee for our lives. Every day is truly a gift from God. Pray that all prodigal men and women are convicted by the power of the Holy Spirit who speaks so loudly to sinners every day to repent and turn their hearts toward Him and then go home to their waiting husband/wife and family!
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