Heavenly Father, what a privilege and joy it is to have the freedom in Christ to draw near to the throne of grace, that we may receive mercy to find help in time of need. Father, as the days get darker and the wickedness of the world seems to be filling up to its brim with evil, hypocrisy and hatred, help us to realize that there is an increasing need to draw near to You and to remain protected under the shadow of Your wings.
Father, sometimes, as we live in this physical, tangible, visible world, we find it difficult to remember that there is a spiritual, intangible, invisible realm where the forces of evil are planning tests and plotting temptations for the saints of God. Increase our awareness and understanding of the spiritual sphere, and equip us in Christ to stand against the forces of evil, fully furnished with the spiritual armour of God, which alone is able to protect us from the enemy's viscous and prolonged attacks. Thank You, that Your plans and purposes will never fail and may we never ever forget that greater is He that is in us than he that is in the world. In Jesus' name,