Heavenly Father, I pray for the elders and overseers in our churches and communities, and ask that the characteristics and qualities that Paul lists in his letter to Timothy, are taken to heart by all who have positions of responsibility in my own church and wider afield. I pray that You would establish godly men in eldership positions who are above reproach and pray that each one would be ready and willing to examine their heart, to see if there are areas in their life that need to be addressed. I pray that in my own life, I may strive to attain to the many qualities that You expect from all Your children. Thank You that in Christ I have all I need for life and godliness - and I pray that from this day forward, I take to heart the need to be above reproach, in word, in deed, and in my relationship with others. I pray that I may become approved unto God, be willing to share the good news of the gospel of Christ with others, and be ready to give a biblical answer to everyone for the hope I have in Christ. This I ask in His precious name, AMEN.
Heavenly Father, thank You for the clear, biblical guidelines, on the role of elders and overseers in the Church. I pray for all who are called into Church leadership, that they may endeavour to live godly lives as outlined in the first book of Timothy. Grant them wisdom and grace to manage their own households in godly fear, and translate the practice of loving leadership in their homes into caring supervision of their congregations. Keep them from the many fleshly pitfalls that could harm their testimony, and may all Your children seek to live godly in Christ Jesus, to His praise and glory. This I ask in Jesus' name, AMEN.
Heavenly Father, thank You for the Word of God and the wonderful truths that are contained within its pages. Thank You that I have everything I need to live a pure and holy life and have been taught how to conduct myself in this fallen world system. I praise You that by faith in Christ, I am a member of the household of God and part of the Body of Christ, which is identified as "the Church of the living God." Help me to stand firm in these evil days, and be a strong and established pillar of truth that points lost sinners to Christ, Who is the source, the seal, and the consummation of our faith, and in Whose name I pray, AMEN.
Heavenly Father, thank You that I am in Christ and that through His death and Resurrection, I have been made a new creation and have received His life within. Thank You that the Word of God became incarnate and was manifest in the flesh in the person of Christ. Thank You for revealing the truth of the glorious gospel in the written Word of God, and thank You for bestowing on all Your children, the riches of the glory of this mystery among the Gentiles: "Which is Christ in you, the hope of glory." I pray that I may show forth the love of Christ in all I say and do, to His praise and glory, AMEN.