Father, I bless and thank You for a brand new day and for the fresh opportunities and challenges that this day will bring. Thank You, that Your mercies are new every morning and I pray that I will walk worthy of You today and be a faithful witness in thought, word and deed, demonstrating a Christ-like attitude to all with whom I come in contact.
Keep me ever-focussed on You Lord, and keep my heart steadfastly trusting You for all my needs and necessities. Help me not to function in my own strength, but in the power of the Holy Spirit. May I stand firm in the truth of the gospel of grace, and remain steadfastly looking to Jesus, trusting in Him to supply His sufficient strength for all occasions. Teach me all that You would have me to learn today and give me the courage and strength to press on toward the goal for the upward call in Christ Jesus. In Jesus' name I pray,
Thank You Father, that Your grace is sufficient for all Your children, including those that are facing severe persecutions and dangers in so many parts of this war-torn world. But Lord, they are all our brothers and sisters in Christ and we are all one in Him, and the pain that individual believers are suffering becomes a corporate distress for the Body of Christ. And so Lord, we lift up all those that are having to contend with so many dangers and difficulties in foreign parts of the world.
Comfort and strengthen each precious person who is suffering for righteousness sake. Draw very close to each and every one so that in Your strength they may persevere in these troublesome times, and in so doing bring glory to Yourself and serve as a faithful witness to those that are lost in their sins, of Your grace and goodness. Support all those who are grieving for righteousness sake we pray, perhaps due to the loss of a loved one or severe deprivation. Comfort and succour each hurting heart and keep each one firm in the faith they have in Christ Jesus our Lord. Thank You, Lord, that there is not one of Your children who is lost to Your eyes of pity, and we lift each and every one up to You. In Jesus' name,
Father, I thank You for the beautiful example of the Lord Jesus Christ, who Himself learned obedience through the things that He suffered, and in Whom we see the perfect example of a Man Whose suffering and death brought great glory to the Father and salvation to a lost and dying world. Thank You, that Jesus chose to willingly face intense suffering and persecution in His life, so that by His sacrificial death on the cross, He might pay the ransom price for sin.
Help me to learn the lessons of suffering that are so evident in the life of the Lord Jesus, Who though He knew no sin, was willing to suffer for the greater glory of God and for the benefit of so many others. Thank You, for opening my understanding to the fact that although suffering for righteousness sake may be difficult to bear in the short tem, yet God in His grace and wisdom will use it for His glory and for our eternal benefit. May I be found obedient and faithful in the things that I may have to suffer for righteousness sake. May I suffer in this life, to the glory of God the Father and for the sake of our Lord Jesus Christ Who suffered and died for me so that I too may live eternally. In His name I pray,
Loving Lord, I thank You for the many witnesses of the faith who have demonstrated that Your power and might is sufficient for all the dangers and disappointments, suffering and pain that we may encounter on our spiritual progress through life. Thank You for the lessons You have taught us through the unparalleled witness of Your servant Job, the severe and sustained trials and tribulations that he endured and the glorious outcome at the end of his journey, when he was able to cry out in humility of heart, I have heard of You with my ears but now I have seen You with my eyes with my spiritual eyes of understanding.
Father, I know that there is much about my journey through life that I do not understand, but Lord I trust You, for You have scheduled every day of my life and there are no dangers or disappointments, suffering or pain of which You are unaware, and which You will not use for Your greater glory and my eternal good. I pray that even though I do not understand the reason for so many of the difficulties that I have to endure, that You will provide me with the sufficient grace I need to persevere to the end. Lord, I believe that my times are in Your hands and I trust You to bring me through to a final and triumphant conclusion.
Strengthen and uphold me in the power of Your Spirit, and sustain and comfort me I pray, so that in all things I may patiently endure to the end to Your praise and glory. I humbly ask this in the name of Jesus,
Father, we praise and thank You for the great example of men and women of faith, who down through the ages have become such beautiful examples of those who in Your grace, were able to stand fast in the evil times, in which they lived. And we also want to lift up all those today, who like them are seeking to live godly in Christ Jesus and who like them, are facing times of increasing difficulty.
Thank You for the example of these faithful folk who remained steadfast in their faith and patiently endured many difficulties, despite the overwhelming trials they were called to face. Help us like them, to stand firm in the wicked times in which we live and may all those who seek to live godly in Christ Jesus remain steadfast in the faith and persevere as faithful soldiers of Christ, as together we run the race that is set before us in Your power and strength. In Jesus' name,
Help me Lord, to come to a greater understanding of the reason for the inevitable trials and tribulations that pepper down on the lives of all people, but especially those that are Your children, who find it hard to understand why their Father in heaven seems to have turned a deaf ear to their repeated pleas for help. And yet Father, as I reflect on all that the Lord Jesus did for me and how You reached down when I was dead in trespasses and sins and lifted me out of the miry clay and clothed me in Christ’s righteousness, I see Your gracious patience towards me and it causes me to wonder in amazement that You should take such time and effort with a person such as me, who is not worthy to unloose Your shoelaces.
Lord, I pray that You would direct my heart to see more and more of Your love towards me and of Christ’s gracious perseverance, as He lived a perfect life, in order that He could be made the sinless sacrifice, to pay the price for my sins. Thank You that despite the times when I have not listened to the gentle promptings of the Holy Spirit in my life, and have taken a dead end road of my own choosing and failed over and again to learn the lessons that you would teach me, that You have always been there to pick me up. Thank You for Your gracious patience towards me when I have doubted Your Word or grumbled about my lot in life and thank You Father, for remaining faithful towards me when I have proved faithless toward You, and must have quenched or grieved the work of the Holy Spirit in my life.
Father, it is as I reflect on Your gracious patience towards me for so long that I begin to understand more and more the reason for those inevitable trials and tribulations that pepper down on the lives of Your children. It is so that we may grow in grace and in a knowledge of You. Help me Lord to see You in the difficulties of life and seek to persevere through every trial, so that I may grasp all that You would have me learn. In Jesus' name I pray,
Lord, we thank You that You are our God and Father, and You alone are worthy of all our honour and praise, because You have picked us up out of the miry clay and set our feet upon the Rock of our Salvation, Who is Jesus Christ our Lord. Thank You, that You have the words of eternal life and thank You for Your precious promise that nothing in heaven or on earth is able to separate us from Your love in Christ Jesus our Lord. You alone are worthy of our allegiance and love and we praise You, that we may rest securely in You arms, knowing that You have the Word of eternal life.
Lord, as we navigate through this world of sin, thank You that You have promised to be with us, no matter what difficulties and dangers may cross our paths. Keep us we pray, from all perils, problems and persecutions that we may encounter and may we remain firm to the end and enabled to persevere in the midst of all our trials. Thank You, that there is no situation in life that is outside of Your jurisdiction and that You have every circumstance covered by Your sufficient grace. Lord, as we steer our path through this sin-sick world, may we keep our confidence in You and place every need into Your hands, knowing that greater is He that is in us than he that is in the world. We ask this in the name of Jesus,
Heavenly Father, we know that so often it is the members of our own families and household, and those we dearly love who are the ones who are most often hostile to our love for You and our witness of the glorious gospel of grace. Lord, You know the verbal accusations and other forms of criticism and ridicule we so often have to endure from our nearest and dearest and ask that You would give us the wisdom and strength to endure such trials, and to demonstrate the love of Jesus in our responses, so that You may be glorified and they may be irresistibly drawn to the Lord Jesus Christ.
Lord, we ask that You would guard the spiritual pulse of our inner heart and pray that You would give us the grace to persevere under this constant barrage of family criticism. Give us the wisdom to know when to speak and when to remain silent, and may our love for You eclipse any intimidation we may feel from family criticism and ridicule, and give us grace to remain a faithful and true witness to You. In Jesus' name,
Heavenly Father, in Your strength I pray that I may run the race that is set before me with patient endurance, looking to Jesus, Who is the author and finisher of my faith, and the solid Rock upon which I stand. Father, I recognise that this is a spiritual race and the strength and stamina I need is not physical but spiritual - spiritual strength, spiritual perseverance and spiritual endurance.
Help me to lay aside anything and everything that hinders my spiritual progress, diverts my attention from the goal of my calling or inhibits my witness for the Lord. Thank You for the example and encouragement of the many men and women of faith, who have run the same spiritual race before me. And may their faithful witness give me encouragement and determination to follow in their steps, empowered by the strength of the indwelling Holy Spirit, to the praise and glory of God.
Sustain me I pray, and each of Your children who desire to live godly in Christ Jesus, and may we all take up our cross daily, and endure the trials and tribulations that cross our path. May we do this for the heavenly joy that is set before us, knowing that Jesus Himself walked this way before us and has broken the power of sin and death in our lives, so that in His strength we too may receive the spiritual strength, perseverance and endurance run the race that is set before us. In Jesus' name,
Dear Lord, I know how important it is that we are strong in the Lord and in the strength of Your power and to know that we are not fighting against a physical enemy but an evil and powerful spiritual enemy, whose chief desire is to shipwreck the witness of those that are united with Christ and render them powerless against the wicked schemes and strategies of the devil. Give us a greater understanding and awareness of the enemy’s tactics and help us to realise the importance of covering ourselves completely in our spiritual armour, so that we are spiritually prepared and spiritually equipped to stand firm against their evil plots and ploys.
May all who seek to live godly in Christ Jesus, stand fast on God’s Word of truth and put on the breastplate of Christ’s righteousness. May we walk in His ways of peace, in spirit and in truth, and help us to protect ourselves by grace through faith, as we resolutely stand firm on the many facts of God’s Word. May our thoughts and minds be protected from the deceptive lies and wicked deceit of the enemy, as we cover our heads with the helmet of Christ’s Salvation, by grace through faith. And may we wield the sword of the Spirit which is the Word of God with wisdom and understanding, as we stand firmly grounded on the Rock of our salvation.
Keep us humble before You Father, and may we persevere in continuous, earnest and pleading prayer, knowing that in Christ the enemy is already defeated and in Him, we are called to remain steadfast in the faith, by the power of the Spirit and to the glory of God. In Jesus' name we pray,