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Daily Devotional
2021. 04
08
목요일
GATHER YOUR ELEPHANTS
1 Peter 5:1-11

Be alert and of sober mind. Your enemy the devil prowls around like a roaring lion looking for someone to devour.— 1 Peter 5:8 (NIV)

Newborn elephants are susceptible to attacks from predators like lions and hyenas. As a mother elephant gives birth, the herd gathers to protect her and the newborn.
My daughter’s family is going through a difficult time. For us, gathered elephants symbolize the protection her community gives her by their prayers. A small wooden elephant sits by my kitchen sink. My daughter’s friend gave her two small elephant figurines when she moved away, knowing that the days ahead could leave my daughter vulnerable. The elephants serve as a reminder that she is not alone. When she feels overwhelmed by her situation, the elephants remind her of the community that will support her with prayer whatever comes her way.
When a hard day hits, my daughter gathers her community by texting me, her sisters, and her friends who immediately surround her with prayer.
Scripture tells us to be alert because evil prowls like a roaring lion. But God has not left us defenseless in our times of vulnerability and pain. In those times, we can ask others to gather around us and pray for God’s powerful presence to bring relief.

Prayer |

Dear Lord, help us to share our struggles with those who surround and encourage us through prayer. Amen.

Thought for the Day |

Today I will support a friend through prayer.

Prayer Focus |

FRIENDS WHO PRAY FOR ONE ANOTHER

Writer |

Glenda Moore (Illinois, USA)