"My sheep hear My voice, and I know them, and they follow Me; and I give eternal life to them, and they will never perish; and no one will snatch them out of My hand." (John 10:27–28)
Gracious Father, loving Lord, the beauty of the natural world and its elements that never rebel remind us that we're serving a living Savior. These things tell us that You are very much alive and in full control. The life around us reminds us that Your Son has been raised from the dead. The world around us testifies to Your working in the world as well as Your care for Your creation. While all this should soothe our doubts about You, Your promises, and Your power, all too often, it doesn't.
We come with a desire to be renewed within. We are totally dependent upon You to do that, to effect within us that which we cannot do within ourselves. Enlighten those dark shadows and give truth where now ignorance and superstition and fear abide. Replace our many doubts with the assurance of our great salvation. Increase our faith. May it not be dependent upon the flimsy and fragile web of feelings but upon the solid granite of God's truth.
And then having done that, give us a song that brightens our day and lightens our way. Help us to live in Your truth that removes our burden of doubt. In the name of Christ, to whom we give first place, we pray. Amen.
See also Colossians 2:1–3; Hebrews 3:14; 6:11; 10:22; 11:1; 1 John 5:11–13.