Lord, we have times of brokenness. When we are a broken vessel we give an angry response, speak an unguarded word, or fail in our attitudes. The heat of the fire caused a crack, usually around the lip. Immediate repair is needed.

Lord, today in our culture, both in California and in the US as a while, we see angry people. Crime rates rise. Language has degenerated. Now church families in trouble have the same rate of failure ending in divorce as the rest of society.

Lord, You want strong vessels.You even take adversity and grave trouble and use it to test the hearts of Your people. Is obedience not a most revealing test of our love for You? Jesus, You said: “He that has My commandments, and keeps them, he is the one that loves Me…and I will love him and show Myself to him.” Jn. 14.21 Could our lack of seeing You be because we are failing to obey You?

Lord, may we sincerely desire to understand and obey Your commandments. May this obedience be a daily walk.Your Word reveals You: “Search the scriptures; for in them you have eternal life: and they testify of Me. And you will not come to Me, that you could have life.” Jn. 5a.39,40 Lord, let us not refuse to come to You, and find we are refusing life!

The potter has a solution for the cracked vessel. He goes out and hunts for a tick-like insect, a fasuka, which he would keep on hand. He would crush these and mix their blood with clay powder, making an effective glue.Then he would work the glue into the cracked area.Your cross, is our fasuka; it provides a glue to work into the lives of broken people.You forgive all that repent.Your blood cleanses us from all unrighteousness. I Jn.1.9 After firing, if the scarred  vessel comes forth uncracked, it is again ready for service. Our healing involves refiring. Oh, let us love the discipline of Your hand!

Lord, may we cry out in the midst of our conflicts! We praise You that the blood of Christ brings victory in the midst of trial, and that “…we may be able to withstand in the evil day, and having done so, stand.” Eph. 6.13

You are faithful.You know what temperature it will take to refire, and for how long.You desire to bring us into glory.You keep us if we allow You. We can again become ready to serve, to pour forth Your love which heals us. While severe failure revealed lack of faith and trust that You control the future, in Your strength we are not stuck with festering wounds of failure. You are in the business of restoring broken vessels. Paul tells us, we are called to become ministers of reconciliation, to restore the broken around us. II Cor.5.17-21

Thanks for praying. Blessings. Nancy