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I pray today Lord for doctors, psychiatrists and counsellors dealing with people suffering from alcoholism. Give them deep compassion and insight to help their patients. May they guide them to take an attitude of hope for the future and see them progress. In Jesus’ name – AMEN.
Lord, I pray for those people suffering from alcoholism today. Give them a deep desire to be cured and surround them with people who understand and know how to help them. Give them courage to face the future, and the humility to start again. I ask it in Christ’s name – AMEN.
Lord, I pray for the political order in my country. Grant to those who hold power the wisdom to make decisions that are in the best interests of the greater number of people. Inform the choices of cabinet ministers and give power to good people. I ask it in Jesus’ name – AMEN.
“Thanks be to God! For in union with Christ we are always led by God as prisoners in Christ’s victory procession”.
2 Cor 2:14 GNB
Perhaps not many modern Christians would think of Christ as being honoured with a victory procession. With the symbol of the cross having become the accepted image of Christ, the suggestion is more of death than triumph. But in Paul’s usage here “there is the picture of a Roman Triumph and of Christ as a universal conqueror. The highest honour which could be given to a victorious Roman general was a Triumph. Before he could win it, he must satisfy certain conditions. He must have been the actual commander-in-chief in the field. Five thousand of the enemy must have fallen in one engagement. A positive extension of territory must have been gained. The victory must have been won over a foreign foe and not in a civil war. The procession was led by the state officials and senators. Then the trumpeters, the spoils from the conquered land, the white bull for the sacrifice still to be made, the wretched captives, the enemy princes, leaders, and generals in chains, who would be thrown into prison and usually later executed. Further along would be priests swinging their censers with the sweet-smelling incense burning in them. Then there came the general himself dressed in elaborate finery, followed by the army wearing all their decorations. Paul… sees the conquering Christ marching in triumph throughout the world, and himself in that conquering train. It is a triumph which, Paul is certain, nothing can stop (W. Barclay, The Letters to the Corinthians, p204-5).
As more people came to know and submit to Jesus Christ, that sense of conquest would spread. He still triumphs in many places. Give thanks.
Lord, capture many hearts in love and glory for yourself.
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