Lord God, I pray for all those people who are going on holiday soon. They will have looked forward to it for a long time and will have such high expectations. Keep them safe whilst they are travelling, especially if they are driving by road. Help them to enjoy themselves whilst on holiday and not to get into any danger. In Christ I ask it. AMEN
Lord, thank you for Sunday. Thank you that it keeps coming round and that I can hear the message of advent, sing the advent hymns and choruses and listen to those age-old passages from the Bible with the prophecies, promises and hopes of future action on your part. Intervene again Lord and show us your glory. I ask in Christ’s name. AMEN
Lord, I pray for those for whom this Christmas is going to be a tough time, especially those who have lost their life partner since last year and who will feel a huge big gaping hole. I pray that you will help them to remember the good times gone by with joy and thanksgiving, and help them not to be overcome with grief. In Christ I ask. AMEN
“I have learnt to be satisfied with what I have”.
“Look at Paul, a contented man if ever there was one. From prison he wrote, ‘Not that I am speaking of being in need, for I have learned in whatever situation I am to be content … I have learned the secret of facing … abundance and need. I can do all things (i.e. all that I am called to do) through him who strengthens me’ (Phil 4:11-13). The open secret to which Paul alludes here is fully spelled out in Hebrews 13:5 ‘Put greed out of your lives and be content with whatever you have; God himself has said : I will not fail you or desert you, and so we can say with confidence: With the Lord to help me , I fear nothing: what can man do to me?’. To realize the promised presence of one’s loving Lord, who both orders one’s circumstances and gives strength to cope with them, is the final secret of contentment.
We are all, of course, creatures of desire. God made us so. But desire that is sinfully disordered needs redirecting, so that we stop coveting others’ goods and long instead for their good, and God’s glory with and through it. When Thomas Chalmers spoke of ‘the expulsive power of a new affection’, he was thinking of the way in which knowledge of my Saviour’s love diverts me from the barren ways of covetous self-service, to put God first, others second, and self-gratification last in my concerns. How much do we know in experience of this divine transforming power? It is here that the final antidote to covetousness is found” (J.I. Packer, Keeping the Ten Commandments, p104, 105).
Lord, help me to be content in Christ.
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