Heavenly Father, I come to You once again to draw on Your sufficient grace which You have promised to all Your needy children and I pray that You would give me Your perfect peace- – to guard my heart in these very difficult days ….
Throughout my life I have come to You in time of hardship and You have never let me down. Thank You that the length and breadth and height and depth of Your grace is beyond my understanding and that Your perfect peace is beyond my comprehension — and yet, You provide both grace and peace to all whose mind is stayed on You.
I pray that I in my weakness I would know Your strength, in my sadness I would know You joy, in my pain I would know Your healing touch and in these hard and difficult times I pray that I would know Your amazing grace and Your perfect peace deep within my soul ….
Heavenly Father, in a world that is becoming more and more alienated from You and increasingly critical of others, I would ask for Your grace and understanding so that I may live godly in Christ Jesus and not be adversely affected by the divisions and disunity that seem to be infiltrating the church body as well as the secular world system. I ask for grace not to be affected negatively by rejection or hurt from being cast aside …
Father I know that the Bible tells us that in these end days the love of many will grow cold and it seems that we are living in the midst of a generation that has become cold-hearted, indifferent, unloving and disinterested in their fellow man. Help me Father I pray, that no matter my hurt or offense, I still may remain sensitive to others’ pain or needs over my own ….
Give me the ability to live in this world without being affected by its critical spirit and give me the understanding and grace to love others as Christ has loved me, to consider the needs and desires of others as before my own, and to value other people above myself — even when I am the butt of their criticism. May Jesus be seen in me in all I say and do — and may His love influence in all I think and am, and I ask this in Jesus precious name, Amen ….
“You’re blessed when you’re at the end of your rope. With less of you there is more of God and his rule. “You’re blessed when you feel you’ve lost what is most dear to you. Only then can you be embraced by the One most dear to you. “You’re blessed when you’re content with just who you are—no more, no less. That’s the moment you find yourselves proud owners of everything that can’t be bought. “You’re blessed when you’ve worked up a good appetite for God. He’s food and drink in the best meal you’ll ever eat. “You’re blessed when you care. At the moment of being ‘care-full,’ you find yourselves cared for. “You’re blessed when you get your inside world—your mind and heart—put right. Then you can see God in the outside world. “You’re blessed when you can show people how to cooperate instead of compete or fight. That’s when you discover who you really are, and your place in God’s family. “You’re blessed when your commitment to God provokes persecution. The persecution drives you even deeper into God’s kingdom. “Not only that—count yourselves blessed every time people put you down or throw you out or speak lies about you to discredit me. What it means is that the truth is too close for comfort and they are uncomfortable. You can be glad when that happens—give a cheer, even!—for though they don’t like it, I do! And all heaven applauds. And know that you are in good company. My prophets and witnesses have always gotten into this kind of trouble. “Let me tell you why you are here. You’re here to be salt-seasoning that brings out the God-flavors of this earth. If you lose your saltiness, how will people taste godliness? You’ve lost your usefulness and will end up in the garbage. “Here’s another way to put it: You’re here to be light, bringing out the God-colors in the world. God is not a secret to be kept. We’re going public with this, as public as a city on a hill. If I make you light-bearers, you don’t think I’m going to hide you under a bucket, do you? I’m putting you on a light stand. Now that I’ve put you there on a hilltop, on a light stand—shine! Keep open house; be generous with your lives. By opening up to others, you’ll prompt people to open up with God, this generous Father in heaven.” (Matthew 5:3-16) MSG