Be strong and courageous. Do not be terrified; do not be discouraged, for the Lord your God will be with you wherever you go. 

Joshua  1:5 NIVUK

Gracious God, we that you for these words of reassurance spoken to Joshua as he faced the task of leading the people out of the desert into the promised land.

We reflect that at the start of his ministry, Jesus went out into the wilderness.  For 40 days and 40 nights he faced trials and temptations, he had no food and he was alone.  He was armed only with the Word of God.

Gracious God, we pray for anyone who is in the wilderness, either physically, emotionally or spiritually, or experiencing difficult times.  We pray they would know the comfort and strength of Your presence and receive help, support and healing.

Encourage us, loving God, to spend time with You, to pray, read, listen and talk about You.  May we know You better, and follow the example of Jesus more closely, as You lead each of us in our daily lives.  Whatever we face this day, may your Holy Spirit reassure us that You are with us wherever we go. Amen

Ruth Rushworth