Loving Father, what a joy for Paul to write to the dear saints at Philippi, whom he considered as his joy and crown. I pray that I may live my life for Christ and stand fast in Him so that I be used by You to witness, in word and deed, to all with whom I come in contact today. In Jesus' name I pray, AMEN
Loving Father thank You for Your gift of joy and for Your fruit of rejoicing. Help me to take all my thoughts captive... especially those doubts and imaginings that are prompted by the enemy to steal the heavenly gift of joy that is mine in Christ. Thank You, Father, that You are worthy of all my praise and that Your joy is a heavenly medicine and spiritual muscle that strengthens my trust and increases my love for You. May I never cease to rejoice in You all the days of my life. In Jesus' name I pray, AMEN.
Heavenly Father, thank You for the many epistles of Paul and the wealth of information, teachings, and training that they contain. Help me to walk a walk of watchfulness, knowing that You are returning very soon. Enable me to stand fast in this evil day, to live in the light of Your presence, and to let a spirit of gentleness be evident to all with whom I come in contact. This I ask in Jesus' name, AMEN.
Lord, You have told us in Your Word to be anxious for nothing, and I know in my heart that I am anxious about lot of things. And what is worse, I pretend to others that I am not worried, when in fact I am anxious about everything. I know such striving is not Your will for my life and I pray Lord, that You will show me how I may live my life resting on Your promises of peace and rest.
You said in Your Word not to be anxious, but pray instead about everything and to talk to You about what I need. You told me also to have a thankful heart for all that You have done in my life. Lord, I am coming to You this very moment to tell You that I long to stop being so anxious and to ask that in Your grace You would keep me from all anxious thoughts, and give me Your peace that passes understanding.
I also pray that You will help me to keep my mind fixed on Jesus, so that when any anxious imaginings starts to surface in my mind, I may immediately turn my thoughts onto You, and thank You for all that You have done for me, and for the many promises that are all Yes and Amen in Jesus Christ.
Thank You, that You are a God who listens to our heart cry and answers our prayers. In Jesus' name,
Heavenly Father, thank You that You are the One Who has promised Your inner, living, perfect peace, to all who will read, mark, learn, inwardly digest, and apply all the principles of godly living that are set out for our learning in the holy Scriptures. Help me to live my life as You intended, to rejoice continually, to pray without ceasing, and to give thanks in all things, knowing that this is Your will for my life. In Jesus' name I pray, AMEN.
Heavenly Father, keep me, I pray, from anxious thoughts. Help me to garrison my thought life on all that is commendable and good, and help me to keep the eyes of my heart fixed on Jesus. May I make a conscious choice to dwell on those things that are worthy of praise, knowing that the light of Christ and the darkness of all that is evil, cannot abide together. This I ask in Jesus' name, AMEN.
Heavenly Father, what a joy to recall how Paul rejoiced in You in every situation, and recognised Your hand of blessing through the gifts he received from others. Give me a grateful heart for those You use to supply my needs, and use me I pray, to help provide for the needs of others, to Your praise and glory. This I ask in Jesus' name, AMEN.
Heavenly Father, thank You for this example of generous giving and of gracious receiving. I pray that I may be content in all things, whether I have much or little, but I also pray that You will prompt me give of what I have, when others are in need, not out of obligation but out of love for You. Thank You that all good and perfect things come from You and may I be a good steward of all I have.. and trust You for all I need - in Jesus name I pray, AMEN.
Heavenly Father, help me like Paul to be contented in all circumstances of life.. whether I find myself in humble means or endowed with more prosperous surroundings. Help me to learn how to get along when I am abased or endowed with much prosperity. I pray that in all things I may be contented - whether I am being filled with good things or find myself facing hardship and hunger. Give me a contented heart that looks to Jesus for my strength, my support and my supply - and whether I live in abundance and or find myself in dire need.. I pray that I may live day by day to Your praise and glory, in Jesus name I pray, AMEN.
Teach me, my Father, to look to Jesus each moment of the day for my strength, and not to rely on my own, imperfect, human abilities and intelligence, for without You I can do nothing. But thanks be to God that as I rest in Christ Jesus, He will empower me through the indwelling Holy Spirit, to carry out Your will for my life. Father, I confess that without You I can do nothing, but thanks be to God that I can do all things through Christ, Who strengthens me, through the power of the Holy Spirit, to You be praise and glory forever, AMEN.
Loving Father, I stand amazed at Your gracious bounty, knowing that You care about both the little things that I need today, as well as the eternal blessings that are being laid up for me in heaven, for which I praise Your holy name. In Jesus' name I pray, AMEN.
Heavenly Father, there is so much to learn from the epistles of Paul and the other apostles - even in the simple greetings at the beginning, and the gracious exhortations at the end. I pray that I may value all my brothers and sisters in Christ and delight to give and receive encouragement and support, as we 'gossip the gospel', rejoice in our salvation, and wait for the any-day return of our Lord and Saviour - Jesus Christ, in Whose precious name I pray, AMEN.