Posts Tagged ‘joy

12
Oct
09

Dear God,

I pray for joy this holiday season. I know that many people are out of work, forced out of thier homes and they feel alone and desperate. Many of them do not have money for a decent meal, much less a holiday feast. Some are just barely getting by and others have already lost it all. I pray that in the midst of poverty, anxiety, uncertainty, unemployment and helplessness your peace and joy would prevail. I pray that you would show me ways that I can be an example of peace and joy to those that are hurting.

I pray for Christians who have family members that do not know you. I pray you would give those Christians perseverance to keep praying for thier family and to keep being an example of your love. Soften the hearts of non believing family members that they would recieve your salvation.

I pray for citizens of Iraq. I pray for Christians that You would give them strength to persevere although the persecution against them gets worse and worse everyday. I pray that You would give them love for thier enemies and remind them that they are not fighting against flesh and blood but against Satan. No matter how strong Satan may seem at times, God is always stronger. I pray for Muslims in Iraq, I thank You for them for they are Your creation and loved by You. Please protect them and send people to minister to them, love them and pray for them. I pray for all soldiers in Iraq. I pray that they get a good night sleep tonight and that they wake up feeling refreshed. I pray for unity amongst the troops that they would support and encourage eachother. I pray that you would bring them home safely to thier families.

I pray for President Obama. I pray that as he struggles with major issues like the war, the recession and health care that You would give him wisdom to do what is best for this country and for the world. I pray that You would protect him and his family. I pray that he would make changes that glorify You and are really the right thing for this country. I pray he makes changes that lay a strong foundation for the future. I thank you for this country, for our government, for the citizens, for the geography and for all the things that make us unique. Please remind all of us, regardless of how we feel about the economy or the president or healthcare, that this country is in Your hands. It was founded on Your principles. You put us here for a reason and for that we are greatful.

In Jesus Name.

Amen

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25
Sep
09

Misery is optional

I know I’m a day late for “Thoughts on a Thursday” but better late than never. I’m still trying to get in the habit of blogging everyday 🙂 At my bible study a few nights ago, our leader showed a quote with us that struck a chord with me. “Pain and suffering in this life are not optional, but misery is.”  We were discussing Paul’s imprisonment in Philippi. He didn’t choose to be beaten and imprisoned, but he did choose to sing in his cell and be joyful. Consequently, the Holy Spirit intervened to set him free from physical bondage and, more importantly, to free the jailor from spiritual bondage. Looking back at all the times I’ve experience pain and suffering, I realize that more often than not I choose misery over joy. I wonder how many people have been turned off to Christianity because of my decision? Or how many salvation opportunities I missed because I was whining instead of singing?




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