Point to Ponder – Tower of London
Dungeons, torture devices, beheadings and executions all seem like a thing of the past. The natural tendency when walking around the Tower grounds is to think, “Whew, glad I wasn’t around when all of that was going on!” But did you know that torture of a different type takes place still today? Consider how often we place others in the prison of unforgiveness or use the torture of silent treatment or commit murder in our hearts.
In Matthew 5:21-22, Jesus says that if we are angry with our brother or speak harsh words to someone, we are just as deserving of judgment as someone who kills.
Pray that God will give us the strength to forgive as we have been forgiven and to love others with the same unselfish love that God has lavished on us (John 15:12).
Point to Ponder – Our Fortress and Strong Tower
King David often compared God to a fortress, a strong tower and a refuge in times of trouble. The Tower of London may have provided shelter for kings and been a stronghold against their enemies but it had flaws and weaknesses. On the other hand, we have a Fortress that never fails.
“The Lord is my rock, and my fortress, and my deliverer; my God, my strength, in whom I will trust; my buckler, and the horn of my salvation, and my high tower.” (Psalm 18:2)
Point to Ponder – Crown Jewels
Crown him with many crowns, the Lamb upon His throne! As you gaze at these emblems and symbols of the Kings and Queens of England, consider the glorious upcoming ceremony of the Coronation of our Lord and Savior Jesus Christ. Consider the words of Revelation 19:12, “… and on His head were many crowns.”
Prayer Points – Tower of London
Matthew 6:13, “And lead us not into temptation, but deliver us from evil.”
Many of the power struggles in history, and the Tower of London’s history in particular, were caused by the same vices that mar the human heart today.
- Pray against the Tower’s pervasive legacy of hatred, greed, envy, pride, selfishness, caprice, murder, adultery and lies.
- Pray against the weapons of torture and imprisonment we use on one another through the silent treatment, bitterness, harsh words, gossip and resentment.
- Pray that power struggles between Christians would dissolve and that we would learn to love others as Christ has loved us.
- Pray against the murder we commit in our hearts through the thoughts we think and the words we speak.
Point to Ponder – Wall Walks
There are about 75 instances each of the words “fortress” and “strong tower” in the Bible, most of which are metaphors for God. Praise the Lord for his faithful protection in our times of crisis and need! Quote these verses as you walk along the walls of the Tower.
“And he said, the Lord is my rock, and my fortress, and my deliverer; the God of my rock; in him will I trust: he is my shield, and the horn of my salvation, my high tower, and my refuge, my savior; thou savest me from violence.” 2 Samuel 22:2-3,
“For thou art my rock and my fortress; therefore for thy name’s sake lead me, and guide me.” Psalm 31:3
“Be thou my strong habitation, whereunto I may continually resort: thou hast given commandment to save me; for thou art my rock and my fortress.” Psalm 71:3
“I will say of the Lord, He is my refuge and my fortress: my God; in him will I trust.” Psalm 91:2
“My goodness, and my fortress; my high tower, and my deliverer; my shield, and he in whom I trust; who subdueth my people under me.” Psalm 144:2
“For thou hast been a shelter for me, and a strong tower from the enemy.” Psalm 61:3
“The name of the Lord is a strong tower: the righteous runneth into it, and is safe.” Proverbs 18:10