Lord, let your people today be joined in worship throughout the world. Let them be reminded of Christ, and be united with him in his risen power and presence. Let them go out renewed and empowered to know Christ and to live in his presence in the coming days, spreading love, joy and hope wherever they go. I ask it in Christ’s name – AMEN.
I pray today Lord, for those people who have lost their way in life. I think of those who started off in their youth with high ideals, lofty goals and superb principles. Guide those who have been buffeted by the adversities they have faced and have succumbed to doubts and cynicism. Rekindle their fires and rejuvenate their thinking. In Christ – AMEN.
Lord, I pray for all the people engaged in political activity. Help them to keep focussed on the needs of the people they represent and try to serve. Keep them from succumbing to corrupt temptations and help them to see beyond the demands of their parties. Protect their family relationships whilst they are absent. I ask it in Christ’s name – AMEN.
“May God himself, the God of peace, sanctify you through and through.”
1 Thessalonians 5:23 NIV
The main function of the Holy Spirit is to sanctify you. That means to make you holy, and that means to become like Christ. The peace the Holy Spirit induces cannot be induced by pleasant and favourable circumstances. This peace is a gift from God and therefore is an inner condition in which you are constantly being made anew into the likeness of Jesus.
The model of this peace is Jesus asleep in the stern of the boat on Galilee – whilst the storm raged. There was undisturbed calm in a seething world. “The ugly arms of the cross were stretching out to take the Master when he said, ‘Peace I leave with you; my peace I give unto you’. The peace of God does not require a mould of easy circumstances. Galilee in storm and Calvary in darkness both set it off” (W. E. Sangster, The Pure in Heart”, p119).
No one has spoken more about the peace that passeth all understanding than the apostle Paul. Yet he pursued an arduous life of toil, travel, suffering and persecution. He knew hardship and sacrifice, opposition and enmity, struggle and court trials, imprisonment and danger. Frequently he had to establish peace between quarrelsome groups in various churches.
The Holy Spirit can bring the fruit of peace in the busiest life, in the most hectic schedule, in the most trying circumstances, in the noisiest surroundings, during the most stressful experiences, in the most weakening of illnesses and amidst the most pressing of duties. Don’t look around you for it. Look inside where God works – it is his gift and no one else can grant it.
Lord, help me to be filled with peace when all around is stormy.
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