1 Thessalonians 5:16-18
Lord, please help me to be joyful always
To be joyful when your blessings are evident
To be joyful if I am counted worthy of suffering for your name
To be joyful that you have given me a saviour
To be joyful in your grace, extended daily
To be joyful when tired, downcast, sad and defeated
To be joyful at your continued sustaining of the world
To be joyful that you will judge all things with power and justice at the end of time
To be joyful that your Holy Spirit dwells within me helping me to live daily for your
glory and growing in Christ-likeness
Help me to pray continually.
To praise you for who you are and all you have done for me.
To thank you for your blessings:
Life, salvation, grace, food to eat, shelter and so much more.
To pray to you for
Those who do not know you
Wisdom in all circumstances
Grace to persevere in faith
A deeper knowledge and understanding of you
A servant heart
A love for your people
Patience with those we find hard
Justice for the oppressed
Help me to give thanks in all circumstances:
For work to do, leisure to rest, people to serve, blessings of family
The challenges that grow us in godliness, patience, grace, kindness and self-control.
I know that you want me to:
Be joyful always
Pray continually and
Give thanks in all circumstances
Help me and guide me to do this please Lord.