Amos 8:11 – “Behold, the days are coming,” declares the LORD God, “when I will send a famine on the land – not a famine of bread, nor a thirst for water, but of hearing the words of the LORD.”
Lord God, take anything else form me, just not that. Take my goods, my reputation, my property, even my health; take even my family away from me, Lord. Just don’t take your Word. Lord, if you take away your Word from me by false teaching or by my own neglect or even by taking away my access to it, then how will I know what you have said? Then how will I be lead to repent? Then where will I find forgiveness, peace and hope? Then where will I get guidance and direction for my life? Lord, if you take your Word away from me or anyone else, then who can be saved!?! Lord, don’t! Give your Word to me, to my family, to al the world. Let it be taught purely, truly, rightly. Let law and gospel be given in the truth and purity. Give us your word of peace and forgiveness, of rebuke and repentance, of guidance and direction. And Lord, especially give us the Word about Jesus, the Savior of the world, even of me. Let your Word remain, Lord, so that I may be saved. Amen.