《Today’s spiritual meditation》: “We must go through many hardships to enter the kingdom of God.” (Act 14:22)
Meditation one: Why is it so hard to walk on the path of the Kingdom of God? For it is a narrow gate and those who find it are few (Mat 7:14); yet that is the only way to eternal life. For this reason we must trust in the Lord and strive to enter through the narrow door (Luk 13:24). Having the Lord to accompany you through the heavenly path, there is not fear.
Meditation two: Do people have to go through hardships in order to enter the Kingdom of God? No, it is not! But God, through hardships, let us experience God’s presence, polishing, shaping, so that we may have steadfast faith to participate the work in the Kingdom of God. The hardships that God allows is not punishment, but warning; not the end, but new opportunities. In the grace of God, the hardships that come unto us are all beneficial to us. Remember, the hardships that God allows are all good for us.
Prayer: God heavenly Father, thank You for Your promise in Christ. Jesus said, ” In the world you have tribulation: but be of good cheer; I have overcome the world.” No matter how corrupt, miserable, and sinister the environment is, I know that You will not forsake me alone as an orphan, and I am confident that You will be with me and accompany with me. I pray in the name of the Lord Jesus. Amen!
Intercession: Pray for the world economy. The entire United States and the world have suffered economic losses heavily. Companies, factories, and stores are closed, and many people lose their jobs or shift jobs. Pray that God will give wisdom to the ruling leaders and let them be able to come up with effective relief strategies and recovery plans. Also ask God to look after the poor or helpless families and let them survive through this difficult period.