Heavenly Father, I come to You, Father, knowing and believing with all my heart that You are the Eternal and Almighty God. Father, I know this because Your Creation gives witness to who You are. I see You, and Your hand in so many ways, and in so many things, but never more so than in the lives of Your Children. Never is Your Glory, Your Perfection, Your Holiness, Your Justice displayed more than in the lives of those You have called to be Your children, and to be followers of He who represents all that You are without fault nor blemish in the person of Your beloved Son, Jesus Christ. He is the reason for all that we have in You; He is the reason we live under Your Grace; He is the reason You have given all that we have, and without Him we would be as nothing nor have all that You have provided.
Heavenly Father, I come to You, and I ask You, in the name of Your Son, Jesus, to be with all Your children . Father, I know that there’s nothing that You do not know. Our lives are open before You. I know You know our hearts, our minds, our struggles, the things we try to bury so deeply within that even You cannot see, and yet, Father, I know that You see all. Father, I pray that You would help all of us, Your children, to not be so afraid, but to put our trust in You, to put our faith in You. Help us Father. Increase our awareness that we have no place to hide other than in You, nor should we seek to hide from You because You have taken away all reason to fear or to feel shame. Father, God, we are Your children, and You know that we are all at different stages in our walk with Your Son, Jesus, nor do we understand at the same level all that You are, and all that You have done for us. Increase our knowledge of You; Increase our understanding so that we might truly live lives of such faith and trust that others cannot but help to want to know our Lord and Savior, Jesus.
Heavenly Father, I come to You, and I ask You to be with all those who are suffering persecution for their love of Your Son, Jesus. Father, we’re so fortunate in this country that we can love You openly, that we can still serve You with little to fear in comparison to so many of Your children who are enduring things we’ve never had to suffer. When I think and see the many, many, people who have been killed, beaten, persecuted on a daily basis for carrying the name of my Lord Jesus knowing the terrible price they may have to pay, it makes me ashamed that I even feel the tiniest bit of fear or hesitation to proclaim my love for Him. Father, I ask You to make Your children brave and true. Help us to be the salt that You have called us to be; help us to be so bright in the way we live our lives that others cannot but see You as we go about the business You have called us to do.
Heavenly Father, I ask You to be with those who are suffering. Father, I ask You that You help them to know and understand that to suffer is an honor, a privilege, and a right of passage into Your Eternal Kingdom. Never let us forget that we, in all our pain and distress, will never suffer nor endure all that our Lord Jesus did as he bore our sins upon himself and died so that we all might live with Him. Give us the courage, and the strength to meet the trials we come under, and to endure them with such grace, that our lives are a testament to Your Love and Goodness.
In Jesus name, I pray, Amen.