The Lord is near to the brokenhearted and saves the crushed in spirit. Ps. 34:18
A prayer by Pastor Scotty Smith:
Dear Lord Jesus, I’m increasingly grateful for all the reasons you came into the world. When I look in the mirror of the Word, I’m thankful that you came to set me free from my imprisonment to sin and death and to proclaim the year of the Lord’s favor. In the gospel we hear you singing these words over us: “There is therefore now no condemnation for those who are in Christ Jesus” (Rom. 8:1). We have no righteousness apart from yours.
When I look at places like the Sudan and Calcutta, I’m so thankful that you came to preach good news to the poor—not just good news concerning spiritual poverty, but also the good news of a kingdom which provides food for the hungry, clean water for the thirsty, shelter for the homeless, advocacy for the marginalized, family for the orphan.
When I look at systemic evil in the world—human trafficking, the ideology of terror, the pornography industry, to name a few—I’m so thankful that you’ve also come to proclaim the day of vengeance of our God. No one is a greater champion of justice than you, Lord Jesus. One Day, all the pillaging weeds of unrighteousness will be replaced with mighty oaks of righteousness—”a planting of the Lord for the display of his splendor” (Isa. 61:3).
Today, Lord Jesus, this very morning, I’m especially thankful that you come close to the brokenhearted and that you save those who are crushed in spirit.