“Now we pray to God that you will not do anything wrong. Not that people will see that we have stood the test but that you will do what is right even though we may seem to have failed. For we cannot do anything against the truth, but only for the truth. We are glad whenever we are weak but you are strong; and our prayer is for your perfection” (2 Corinthians 13:7-10).
Are you frustrated by the spiritual life – or lack thereof – in someone (a fellow believer who should know better) you are close to? Rise above that and pray fervently for that individual. Pray that the truth he or she knows deep down would rise to the surface. Pray for the Holy Spirit to bring light, and that it would shine over the darkness Satan is currently bringing to cloud your friend’s way. Believe that God can break through in his or her heart!
Lord Jesus, You are the Way, the Truth, and the Life. You are the Bringer of Light. I bring _________right now before Your throne. I ask that You would do a work of Truth-bringing to his/her heart right now. _________is struggling and cannot see the light. Holy Spirit, shine light in _________’s heart so that he/she will have the courage both to seek Your truth and to walk in it. I pray this in the mighty name of Jesus.
–Adapted from Praying Like Paul (Learning to Pray the Kingdom for Those You Love) by Jonathan Graf. This resource is available at prayershop.org. Use the code CONPSP3 at checkout to receive an additional 10% discount on the book.
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Praise God for the joy and peace he brought to the world through Jesus! Thank him for bringing joy and peace to your own life. Ask God to show you any ways you inhibit the joy or peace of others. Confess those ways, as well as any anxiety. Commit yourself to rejoicing continually, handing anxieties to God, and living in the peace which he then gives (Phil. 4:9).
Pray that your local church will be authentically known as a joyful and peaceful people. Ask God to work through world mission efforts to spread true joy and peace to the farthest parts of the earth.
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