Is that really the case?
The Prayer of the Day for Sunday begins with acknowledging God as Almighty. The Almighty Omnipotent One. Potentate above all potentates. Splendorous in majesty. Greatness unsearchable. But the prayer goes on to say, “most merciful God.” Abundant in goodness. Whose steadfast love endures forever. “Protector of all who trust in You.” It is as Jesus said to the disciples during the storm, “Take heart; it is I. Do not be afraid.”
Nevertheless, we pray, “strengthen our faith and give us courage to believe that in Your love (steadfast enduring love) You will rescue us from all adversities” Though we trust that God will use his might and mercy to protect us, still we wonder if that is always the case. Thus, it is well that we pray for the faith and courage to believe that out of love, not because we are brave, God will rescue us when adversity strikes.
We pray that this is true “through Jesus Christ, Your Son, our Lord,” whose love is beyond our knowledge, and “who lives and reigns with You (Almighty and merciful God) and the Holy Spirit, being one God, now and forever. Amen.” Yes, it really is the case.