Wednesday, February 6, 2008

Php 1:8-11

For God is my witness, how I yearn for you all with the affection of Christ Jesus. And it is my prayer that your love may abound more and more, with knowledge and all discernment, so that you may approve what is excellent, and so be pure and blameless for the day of Christ, filled with the fruit of righteousness that comes through Jesus Christ, to the glory and praise of God. (Philippians 1:8-11, ESV)

Father, I pray for your church around the world. May the love of your people continue growing and thriving by your Spirit. May it surpass anything the world knows so that it is clear to everyone you have made this happen. May your people act with such love that those who would defame your people would be ashamed because of their obvious light. May your people act with such love that a dying world would see the possibility of life in you.

Father, give your people the wisdom to know your will and the ability to discern what is good and perfect. In America, we are working our way through the electoral process. Give your church in America the wisdom and discernment to know and follow the path of righteousness, and may they lead others toward you. And throughout the world, may your church become guides of love, mercy and wisdom to their communities.

Bless your church with the spiritual strength to remain pure through the trials of life. Keep your people from falling into temptation. Cultivate your church so that it bears spiritual fruit and brings you glory and praise for all time.


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