“Therefore we do not lose heart. Though outwardly we are wasting away, yet inwardly we are being renewed day by day. For our light and momentary troubles are achieving for us an eternal glory that far outweighs them all” (2 Corinthians 4:16-17).
Jesus prayed in John 17 that His followers would have maximum impact on the world in which we live, and asked His Father to give us divine protection in the power of His name. It is important that we stand upon the word that tells us to be self-controlled and alert because the devil is looking for those he can devour (1 Peter 5:8), and that we do not give him a foothold in our lives (Ephesians 4:27). As we ask for protection, however, our souls can triumph over the enemy, even with bodies that fail.
Father, I rest in the assurance that You are my fortress and my deliverer. No matter what this world or the evil one throws my way, I am confident of Your protection and power working on my behalf. Amen.
–Taken from Pray Like the King (Lessons from the Prayers of Israel’s Kings) by David and Kim Butts. (Click on the blue title to get more information about this resource).
Praise God for his excellence in creation. Give thanks for the creation’s variety and splendor. Confess ways in which you have misused parts of it. Commit yourself to the proper care and use of God’s creation. Ask God to help you regard it as “clean” (Rom. 14:14), receiving it from him with thanksgiving.
Pray for sensitivity among Christians toward one another’s beliefs about food, drink, religious observances, and other discretionary matters (Romans 14), so that fellowship and caring might not be hindered. Ask God to help you to “make every effort to do what leads to peace and to mutual edification” (14:19).
–Prayer Points taken from Patterns for Prayer by Alvin VanderGriend (Click on the blue title for more information about this resource).