Thank you for this day that you have made! Lift our hearts to rejoice and be glad in it. Renew our joy today as we seek Your will and purpose for our lives. Let our lives show we are a letter from Christ, as Paul wrote. May the result of our ministry, written not with ink but with the Spirit of the Living God, not on tablets of stone but on tablets of human hearts. Father, increase the confidence we have through Christ. Lord, we pray to be vessels of Your light and love in this world. No part of our ministry is unimportant, even when if it feels like it some days. In the places You have called us to minister, bless us, and expand our territory. Let Your hand be with us, and keep us from harm so that we will be free from pain. (1 Chronicles 4:10) Father, we pray for Your protection over the thoughts which threaten to derail and distract us. Increase our trust in You, God, to move through seasons of doubt and distraction with the confidence we need to accomplish Your will in our lives. Let the truth of 2 Timothy 1:6-8 ring loudly in our ears:
“For this reason I remind you to fan into flame the gift of God, which in you through the laying on of my hands. For the Spirit God gave us does not make us timid, but gives us power, love and self-discipline. So do not be ashamed of the testimony about our Lord or of me his prisoner. Rather, join with me in suffering for the gospel, by the power of God.”
Lord, we know we are not promised this life will go easy. We know even though Your purposes cannot be derailed, there will be trouble in this world. There will be pain, anguish, heartache, wrong turns, missteps and mistakes. There will be many mundane days. Increase our courage and our focus on You, especially in trying seasons, God. You are our Healer. You are our Provider. Make a way when there seems to be no way, Father God. As Paul wrote, “Therefore, since through God’s mercy we have this ministry, we do not lose heart.” (2 Corinthians 4:1)
Bless our lives to bring glory to You, today and always.
In Jesus’ Name,
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