Philippians 4:4-7, “Rejoice in the Lord always. Again I will say, rejoice! Let your gentleness be known to all men. The Lord is at hand. Be anxious for nothing, but in everything by prayer and supplication, with thanksgiving, let your requests be made known to God; and the peace of God, which surpasses all understanding, will guard your hearts and minds through Christ Jesus.”
I know this was from the Lord because of the anxiousness that so many are having with situations and circumstances in the world today but also because of so many commenting in their writings. Let us be the examples of not just unconditional love, but of the Peace of God in the Unity of the Spirit. – Pastor Roland
Father, we come to You today, boldly before Your throne, sons and daughters to Father, with love and thankfulness for all the blessings that You bestow on us on a daily basis. Father, we look to You for Godly wisdom in the light of all the circumstances going on in the world and all around us. You, Heavenly Father, are our counsel and strength. In You we find perseverance, and longsuffering. In You and our Lord Christ Jesus Your Son we find our example for living and loving!
We praise You and magnify You for all Your Glory and Father, we Exalt You above all else, not because we have too, but rather because Father, we want too and You are truly deserving of all the praise we can give! We thank You for the freedom from sin and the Liberty of Your Spirit that you have endowed us with. We recognize the power of Your grace in our state of unworthiness outside of Jesus and for that freely given gift, we are so very thankful. The fact that you have brought us into Your fold is beyond our comprehension to fully understand and yet You are so loving to actually give us the very faith needed to accept that gift of grace.
Heavenly Father, we ask that You continue to empower us with Your Spirit to draw us together in the unity of the faith. Continue, we ask, to bind our hearts together in that unconditional LOVE that is above all and anything else! Help us to be the loving children that You want us to be and help us to display that “light that shines from the hilltop” that others might see and recognize not us but YOU in the brilliance of that light!
Father, we also ask that you help us to accept Your peace, for Your Holy Word tells us that it is a Fruit of YOUR Spirit and as fruit we want to be able to spread that peace around to others that others might also partake in it. The world is NOT a peaceful place and we will not find it in the things of the world but we know that in YOU and You alone is that perfect peace and security found. Help us when we are weak to be strong and to “be anxious for nothing” that others might see and question and wonder so that a door opens for us to be able to share with others how to gain that very peace that is so freely given to us!
Help us to remain strong in interceding for others so that those less fortunate than us can experience the blessings of health and having their needs met. Help us to remember that giving ourselves to the time needed to pray for others is a demonstration of Your love for we realize we may never know the outcome of those prayers and we can’t recoup the time spent, but in faith we KNOW and not just believe that You always hear the heartfelt prayers and You DO answer!
Father, we continue to pray for those of us that YOU have called together for whatever reason, to accomplish that which Your Spirit is and has prepared for us to get done for the benefit of others, whether it be to encourage, to edify, to inspire, to exhort and to overall just be of service for whatever the needs maybe. Help us to be a strength and encouragement to one another and to be available for service to one another in love and in the unity of the Spirit.
We know that in this day and age we live in that this work is truly of Your doing. Let us be at peace with one another. Help each of us to realize that the things that can cause division are not important, nor of your Spirit. Help us to realize that we are united in love and peace through Christ, not because of what we believe or think we know, but because of the shed Blood of Your Son, Jesus Christ!
Heavenly Father, forgive us for those things that remain a stone in our heart and a wall to our spirit. Forgive those that we may have done wrong to us, either knowingly or unknowingly. Help us to remember, that You have forgiven us for ALL that we have committed against You. In areas where it seems hard to do, give us the strength of your Spirit to do what is necessary in a spirit of love; and, help us to walk in love in that spirit of forgiveness.
Lord, You are worthy, more than worthy of our love and praise and we acknowledge just how aware of that fact we are. We love You and ask You to help us to love You even more. We continue to glorify, magnify and exalt Your Name and Father, we ask all these things in the name of our Redeemer and Your Son, Jesus Christ; may He be glorified and magnified forever more!!
Amen & Amen!!