Gracious Father, we face so many tests through life: the test of survival before and after birth, educational exams at school, challenges of faith and health, and the tests you put into our lives. Help us, Dear God, to face the next trial with grace and hope. Give us peace in the struggle and confidence in the doing. Surround us with your wisdom and intercede with your discernment. Inject yourself into the middle of our current storm, and show us your glory. Give us the strength to live for the purpose of bringing you praise and honor. I ask these things in the name and authority of Jesus, according to your good and perfect will. Amen.

“Be merciful to me, O God, be merciful to me, for in you my soul takes refuge; in the shadow of your wings I will take refuge, till the storms of destruction pass by.” (Psalm 57: 1b ESV)