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The pursuit of happiness often leaves misery in its wake. Dear God, we want to reach out to those around us who are hurting, and we pray for them everyday. We pray for those who must helplessly watch their loved ones fall deeper into despair. Many of us have been there in both situations. Even if we could go to the cross for others, as you did Lord, sometimes things can’t be helped. Sometimes the darkness gets such a hold on the human soul that there seems to be no hope.

Lord, you know the terrible nightmares I used to have, dreams of being wrestled and crushed by something invisible in the darkness. Coming to faith in you Lord Jesus changed that dream, and your name would come to me even in my troubled sleep. I was no longer paralyzed by the dream, but I became able to struggle against the grip of the darkness. I thank you Lord that now I haven’t had that nightmare in years. Hope in you Lord, made the difference. Hope is alive.

We usually don’t know how troubled those around us really are but right now Lord, I see someone sinking. Help us Lord not be as helpless as I once was in that dream. I pray Lord that you, with or without the hands of another human being, break the chains of darkness that are wearing away a precious life. Help those of us who believe in you to not be so helpless when nightfall is around us. You went to the cross for us, but you are alive again, and hope is alive.

God is love; eternal happiness is only with you, and in your kingdom there will never again be a need or desire to pursue it further. Happiness will be a bird in hand, free to fly as never before. Time, that taunts and tortures us now, will be meaningless in the light of forever.

Yet Lord, I pray for happiness here and now, and joy in our journey. I pray this for my friend. My friend confesses your name, but even Christians still need you. We yet need you almost as much as those who don’t even want to know you.

The pursuit of happiness is many times in vain, but if we follow you Lord, you will one day take us there. Your hope is a song in the night (Psalms 42:8). It wavers, but it lives. Wouldn’t we be surprised if we could see, as God has seen, the chains that hope has broken when it was thought to be dead.

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