Heavenly Father if it is the fool that says in his heart there is no God, then I pray that You will make we wise in Your sight, but if as Paul states he is a fool for Christ, then I pray that I too may be such a simpleton for the sake of my Lord and Saviour, Jesus Christ.
Lord I realise that Paul gave up fame and fortune, glory and respect, status and standing for the sake of knowing more of the Lord Jesus Christ, and he suffered rejection, persecutions, homelessness and abuse.. all for the sake of knowing Christ more – indeed he cried out as I do, “That I may know Christ, and the power of His resurrection and the fellowship of His suffering.”
Father I know that the world has rejected You and the Lord Jesus Himself Who died so that by grace through faith we might be re-united with Yourself and positioned in Christ Jesus in heavenly places.
But I do believe that, “He is no fool who gives what he cannot keep, to gain that which he cannot lose,” and I pray that this may be my life’s motto – so help me I pray to be a worthy witness for You and to accept hardships and rejections for the sake of the gospel.. and if I must be regarded by friends, family, work colleagues and society at large, and regarded as the dregs of humanity and a fool for Christ, then I pray that I may embrace it willingly, in the strength of Your Holy Spirit and to the glory of God the Father.
I ask this in the name of Jesus my Saviour,