In Times of Adversity and Poverty.
Ps. 50:15 — “Call upon me in the day of trouble: I will deliver you, and you shalt glorify me.”
Ps. 102:17 — “He will regard the prayer of the destitute, and not despise their prayer.”
Prov. 30: 8, 9 — “Give me neither poverty nor riches; feed me with food convenient for me: lest I be full and deny you, and say, Who is the Lord? or, lest I be poor and steal, and take the name of my God in vain.”
James 2 :5 — “Hearken, my beloved brethren, Hath not God chosen the poor of this world, rich in faith, and heirs of the kingdom which he hath promised to them that love him?”
2 Cor. 8:9.—”For ye know the grace of our Lord Jesus Christ, that, though he was rich, yet for your sakes he became poor, that ye through his poverty might be rich.”
Matt. 5:3 — “Blessed are the poor in spirit: for theirs is the kingdom of heaven.”
Matt. 6:26, 33 — “Behold the fowls of the air : for they sow not, neither do they reap, nor gather into barns ; yet your heavenly Father feeds them. Are ye not much better than they? But seek ye first the kingdom of God, and his righteousness ; and all these things shall be added unto you.”
O Merciful Savior who fed the thousands with the few loaves and fishes, and who is the same, yesterday, to-day, and forever, look upon me with an eye of compassion. Help me that I may not despair, but trust in the faithful Father, who feeds the fowls of the air, and who will not forsake me, if I trust in him. Cause goodness and mercy to follow me all the days of my life, and let me dwell in the house of the Lord forever.
O God, my Heavenly Father: in you alone is my help, in this time of adversity. You have sorely afflicted me, but I know that it is in love. For you are a merciful God, and will not lay upon me a burden too heavy for me to bear. Unto you do I lift up mine eyes. Place around me your everlasting arms ; make me to know, that as my days, so shall my strength be. Hide me under the covert of your wings, and speak comfort to my soul.
You are able, O Lord, to strengthen me, that I may be able to bear up under all my adversities and wants. You did not spare your only-begotten Son, will you not freely give me all things necessary for my temporal and spiritual wants? Help me to regard the lilies of the field. O You who dot the grass of the field, which to-day is, and to-morrow is cast into the oven. Make me to know by faith, that you will much more clothe me and mine. You know, O Heavenly Father, that we have need of all these things. Make me to seek first the kingdom of God, and his righteousness: and let all these things be added unto; for Christ’s sake. Amen (Let it be so)
Book: Prayer Book and Aids to Private Devotion
Author: Rev. Jeremiah H. Good D.D.
Publisher: E. R. Good & Bro.; Tiffin Ohio, 1881
Revised by: Karrol Sneed 2013