Prayer Of Thanks For My Hope In Christ
Prayers for Hope
We may feel attacked, hindered, and restrained;
We may feel discouraged, depressed, and defeated
Paul tells us in Ephesians 6:10 KJV,
“Be STRONG in the Lord
in the Power of his Might.”
Then Paul gives us secrets
to winning our battles
by explaining the
Supernatural pieces of Armor
that we need to wear every day.
I encourage you to stand up
put on those pieces of armor
afresh and anew.
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First Prayer for Hope
You are my hope, and you are my strength.
You are guiding me toward your will, and I will follow you.
I will walk in AMAZING Faith this day.
I will lift up truth,and I will pull down strongholds.
I will declare that my enemies will not triumph over me.
Sickness will not triumph over me.
Financial lack will not triumph over me.
And______________ will not triumph over me.
(fill in the blank)
I was created to be POWERFUL.
I was created to beVICTORIOUS.
Today I will walk in the Power, Purpose, and Peace of Jesus Christ.
Copyright © 2006 Beth McLendon ofInspirational-Prayers.com
Presenting a song
Power of Encouragement!
Prayers for Hope
Dear Heavenly Father,
I am facinga situation that appears hopeless.
Emotions disappointment, confusion, anddepression want to attach themselves to me.
Reach out to me and bring me thoughts of a good future. I will welcome them.
Lord, show me newpossibilities.
Help me to more clearly see my gifts and talents. Help me to more clearly see the good things in my life.
Father God, help me to believe
that I am precious and valuable to you.
Thank you that you have reminded me that I was born for a great purpose.
I will choose to believe that you are bringing hope into my heart this day, so that I will have more hope tonight when I go to bed thanwhen I got up this morning.
Father God, I will realize that hope has a name:
Copyright © 2006 Beth McLendon of Inspirational-Prayers.com
Next is an adaptation
of the above prayer
that can be prayed
for a friend or loved one
who is facing a hopeless situation.
If you are praying for a man, please adapt the prayer.
Dear Heavenly Father,
I lift up pray for _______.
She is facingsituations that sometimes appear hopeless.
Disappointment, confusion, anddepression want to attach themselves to her.
I pray that you would reach out toher and bring her thoughts of a good future.
I pray that she would begin to see newpossibilities.
I pray that her gifts and talents would become more apparent toher.
May she see a glimpse of her great value.
May she believe that she was bornfor a great purpose.
May she have more hope tonight when she goes to bed, thanwhen she got up this morning.
And may she realize that hope has a name:
Copyright © 2006 Beth McLendon of Inspirational-Prayers.com
Blessed be the God and Father
of our Lord Jesus Christ,
which according to his abundant mercy
hath begotten us again unto a
by the resurrection of Jesus Christ
from the dead.
1 Peter 1:3 KJV
Prayers for Hope for Parents
Next is a prayer to pray for parents who are facing a
hopeless situation concerning their child.
Your children may be young or old.
The problem may be
financial,physical, relational, or other.
The situation may include an issue of an addiction.
Whatever theproblem or problems,
we lift up all aspects to our Loving Lord.
We lift up these parents to you.
Bless these parents as they standon your Word and on your goodness.
Encourage them to stay motivated andhopeful.
Help them to sense the POWER that is unleashed in prayer.
Give them renewed strength as they wait on you and your goodplans.
In Jesus' name,
Copyright © 2006 Beth McLendon of Inspirational-Prayers.com
Prayers for Hope continues with a
Prayer for Strength
Parent to Pray.
You may want to visit our Prayer for Children page.
That page has in-depth prayer
for many importantissues that
our children face.
I am urgently seeking your help.
I am asking you to send your blessings on my emotions.
I am asking you to bring me strength as I standon your Word and on your goodness.
Encourage me to stay motivated andhopeful.
Help me to sense the POWER that is unleashed in prayer.
Give me renewed strength as I wait on you and your goodplans.
In Jesus' name I pray,
Copyright © 2006 Beth McLendon of Inspirational-Prayers.com
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Confession of the Believer’s Privileges in Christ – Kenneth E. Hagin
In our last lesson we said that confession is actually three things: first, affirming something we believe; second, testifying to something we know; and third, witnessing for a truth we have embraced. The major problem for us to face is to know exactly what we are to confess.
We briefly touched on confession’s five parts in our last lesson, but we will go into more detail on these in our study for today as we endeavor to learn more about just what we are to confess. Our confession centers around these five things:
1. What God in Christ has wrought for us in His plan of redemption.
2. What God, through the Word and the Holy Spirit, has wrought for us in the new birth and the infilling of the Holy Ghost.
3. What we are to God the Father in Christ Jesus.
4. What Jesus is doing for us now at the right hand of the Father, where He ever lives to make intercession for us.
5. What God can do through us, or what His Word can do through our lips.
Discovering Our Privileges in Christ
As we have said, confession is testifying to something we know. It is impossible to testify to something we don’t know. And it is what we know personally about the Lord Jesus Christ and what we are in Him that counts.
First of all, we can know Him personally, and it is of primary importance to be born again. But just because someone has been born again does not necessarily mean that he is a successful Christian. He must also know what he is in Christ Jesus.
When we know what we are in Him and think in line with that, when we believe that and confess that, then there is no failure for us.To discover what we are in Christ, we must look to the Word of God. Go to the New Testament, primarily the epistles written to the church, and underline with a red pencil every scripture that has the expression “in Him,” “in Christ,” and “in whom.” Better yet, take several sheets of paper and write down all of these scriptures. (You will find about 133 of these scriptures.)
The moment you find them, begin to confess that this is who you are and what you have in Christ. If you will do this, I will guarantee that before many days, life will be different for you.
While neither time nor space here permit us to go into all these scriptures, let us look at just a few.
Becoming a New Creature in Christ
II Corinthians 5:17
17 Therefore if any man be in Christ, he is a new creature: old things are passed away; behold, all things are become new.
Notice the expression “in Christ.” What a revolutionary thing that is for believers to believe and confess! We are new creatures in Christ Jesus. We are not just forgiven sinners.
We are not poor, weak, staggering, sinning, barely-getting-along church members. We are new creatures, created by God in Christ Jesus.
We are new creatures with the life of God, the nature of God, and the ability of God in us.
As a new convert at the age of seventeen, I never had the problems that so many have because I was quick to tell everybody, “I am a new creature.” I was quick to witness to Christ’s saving grace in my life wherever I went. I found that the more I talked about it, the more real the new creation became to me, because that is who we are and what we are.
I was active in soul winning – preaching in jail services, on the streets, and working in the church. While I was standing on the street corner one day, a boy who I knew came up to me and asked me to do him a favor.
“I wouldn’t ask you to do this,” he explained, “but I’m running late now and I promised my girl friend that I would bring a date for her cousin who is visiting her from town.
Would you come along and help me this jam? I’ll always be grateful and I’ll promise that we won’t stay over thirty or forty minutes, and that we won’t have any smoking, drinking, or dancing while you’re there.” Reluctantly I went along to help him out.When we got to his girl friend’s house, she introduced me to her cousin. We had barely gotten seated when they put a record on the phonograph and started dancing. When the girl’s cousin asked me to dance, I said, “No, thank you, I don’t dance.”
She looked at me as if I had just come from Mars and said, “You don’t dance? Why?”
“Because I’m a new creature,” I answered.
“What do you mean, you’re a new creature?” she asked.
Then I quoted II Corinthians 5:17 to her, “Therefore if any man be in Christ, he is a new creature: old things are passed away; behold, all things are become new.” There was a time when I was interested in things dancing, but now my life is different.
I have been made a new creature in Christ, with new interests and new desires.” While the record continued to play and the other couple were dancing, I continued to give this girl my testimony of faith in Christ. The words began to grip her heart with conviction and she started crying.
When the record stopped, the boy saw what was happening. He turned to me and said, “Let’s go!” and took me right home.
It didn’t matter where I was – whether in the jails, on the streets, at school, or church – I was quick to witness to everyone I came in contact with that I had been born again and was a new creature in Christ Jesus. And if we will confess that, it will make a big difference in our lives. I wasn’t tempted by the things of the world because I constantly confessed that I was a new creature in Christ Jesus.
Redemption From the Curse of the Law
Ephesians 1:7, 8
7 In whom we have redemption through his blood, the forgiveness of sins, according to the riches of his grace;
8 Wherein he hath abounded toward us in all wisdom and prudence.
Notice the words, “In whom we have redemption …” How thankful we can be that we are not trying to get it, we already have it. We are not going to have it sometime, we have it now. Satan’s dominion has been broken; he lost his dominion over our life the moment we became a new creature.
We received a new Lord. Jesus Christ reigns over us. Satan was our Lord, but now Jesus is our Lord. Romans 10:9 says, “That if thou shalt confess with thy mouth the Lord Jesus …” or “Jesus as Lord.
” Satan’s dominion ended; Jesus’ dominion began the moment we accepted Him as Lord and were born again.From what and from whom are we redeemed? When asked this question many people say, “I am redeemed from sin.” And that is part of the answer, but not nearly all of it. Galatians 3:13 says, “Christ hath redeemed us from the curse of the law, being made a curse for us: for it is written, Cursed is every one that hangeth on a tree.” We are redeemed from the curse of the law.
To find out just what the curse of the law is, we must go back to the first five books of the Bible. There we see that the curse or the punishment for breaking God’s law is threefold: poverty, sickness, and the second death.
God has redeemed us from the curse of poverty, from the curse of sickness, and from the curse of death – spiritual death now and physical death when Jesus comes again. We need have no fear of the second death.
(In one of the lessons to follow we will look in more detail at our rights in Christ’s redemption from the curse of poverty.)
28 For in him we live, and move, and have our being …
What a vast storehouse of power we overlook so many times! In Him, Christ our Saviour and Lord, we have life, energy, strength for the impossible tasks. It does not say that we can do these things in ourselves, but it is through Him, through His power, for it is “in him we live, and move, and have our being.”
Deliverance From the Power of Satan
Then let us look at two scriptures that, although they do not contain the words “in Him,” “in whom,” or “in Christ,” yet they convey something of the same message of what we do have in Him.
“Who (God) hath delivered us from the power of darkness, and hath translated us into the kingdom of his dear Son” (Colossians 1:13).
This verse says that we are delivered from the authority of darkness, from the power of Satan.
“Ye are of God, little children, and have overcome them: because greater is he that is in you, than he that is in the world” (I John 4:4).
The Old Testament counterpart to this scripture is found in Isaiah 41:10: “Fear thou not; for I am with thee: be not dismayed; for I am thy God: I will strengthen thee; yea, I will help thee; yea, I will uphold thee with the right hand of my righteousness.”
Then in the New Testament we find, “What shall we then say to these things? If God be for us, who can be against us?” (Romans 8:31). We can take this as a personal message for ourselves. Because we are under the new covenant, we can say, “Thank God, for He is in us.” This is the best reason I can think of for not being afraid.
People have come to me and said, “I have read all those scriptures you said to read, but it doesn’t seem real to me.”
“Have you confessed it is so?” I ask them.
One woman said to me, “But it isn’t so in my life. I know it is not.”
“God says it is so, you say it isn’t. Therefore, either you or God is lying about it.
If you were to stand before your mother and call her a liar, you would feel badly, wouldn’t you? Then how can you expect to feel right when you stand before God and say, ‘Your Word is not true, it isn’t so. You’re a liar.
’ To remedy this situation you must start confessing that it is so whether you feel it is so in your life or not. Then it will become a reality.”
We must get our thinking in line with God’s Word and then our believing will be right. When our believing is right we can confess – say, affirm, witness, testify – to what God’s Word says about us. Then we will succeed. Then life will be different for us!
Faith in Action: “But be Ye doers of the word, and not hearers only ….” (James 1:22)
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Prayer Of Forgiveness
Prayer of Forgiveness: A Valuable Gift
A prayer of forgiveness is something we all seek at some point in life.
Forgiveness is a valuable gift that is neither easily obtained, nor easily given. Forgiveness is essential for life; it frees us from past wrongs and gives us hope for the future.
It is for forgiveness sake that Jesus Christ came to earth to die for mankind.
Prayer of Forgiveness: Made Possible by Jesus Christ
The prayer of forgiveness is a prayer that is offered up to God. Though we may directly hurt each other, all of our trespasses ultimately hurt God. You may wonder how this is possible.
How can our shortcomings hurt the omnipotent Creator of the universe? Does God even care? In Genesis 6, we find that God Himself actually grieved over all the wrongs that man had inflicted upon each other: “Then the LORD saw that the wickedness of man was great in the earth, and that every intent of the thoughts of his heart was only evil continually. And the LORD was sorry that He had made man on the earth, and He was grieved in His heart” (Genesis 6:5-6).
All knowing, God grieves even at the mere thought of evil. Thus, ultimate forgiveness must also come from God. However, because of His justice, forgiveness cannot be freely given. Every wrong must be accounted for in order for God to be a just judge. Jesus Christ died on the cross at Calvary in our place so that our sins may be forgiven. His suffering paid for our transgressions. “For this is My blood of the new testament, which is shed for many for the remission of sins” (Matthew 26:28).
In His love, God knew that our conscience needed to be freed from guilt and condemnation. He knew that forgiveness of sins was our greatest need. In the ultimate act of love, God not only suffered the pain of our wrongs, but also paid for their consequences in order that we may have forgiveness offered to us when we sin. All we need to do is to accept His free gift of forgiveness.
Prayer of Forgiveness: Ask God for Forgiveness
Perhaps you have stumbled upon this web page looking for a prayer of forgiveness to soothe a tormented soul. Or maybe you are struggling with trying to forgive another for deeply hurting you.
For all who accept Jesus Christ as their Lord and Savior, forgiveness has been freely given. If we acknowledge our wrongs and ask for forgiveness, God will forgive us – no questions asked: “If we confess our sins, He is faithful and just to forgive us our sins, and to cleanse us from all unrighteousness” (1 John 1:9).
If we reject Jesus, in essence, we reject God's gift of forgiveness. We are in fact saying that we do not wish to be reconciled with God (1 John 1:10). Though it is our free choice to not accept forgiveness from God, we will ultimately be accountable for all the sins we have committed at the end of this life.
It is God's deep desire to be reconciled with you. “For God so loved the world, that He gave his only begotten Son, that whoever believes in Him should not perish, but have everlasting life” (John 3:16). If you desire to be truly forgiven, consider what Jesus said and sincerely accept Him as your Lord and Savior.
You will be forgiven and God will begin a transforming work in your life.
Prayer of Forgiveness: Receive a New Life
The prayer of forgiveness gives us a new hope and a new beginning. All our sins are wiped away by God. “For I will be merciful to their unrighteousness, and their sins and their lawless deeds I will remember no more” (Hebrews 8:12).
If you understand that you are a sinner, and you believe that Jesus Christ came as the one and only Redeemer of sin, then you understand the prayer of forgiveness.
The question is – are you ready to implement the prayer, by receiving God’s gift of His Son, Jesus Christ? If so, believe in Christ, repent of your sins, and commit the rest of your life to Him as Lord:
- “Father, I know that I have broken your laws and my sins have separated me from you. I am truly sorry, and now I want to turn away from my past sinful life toward you. Please forgive me, and help me avoid sinning again. I believe that your son, Jesus Christ died for my sins, was resurrected from the dead, is alive, and hears my prayer. I invite Jesus to become the Lord of my life, to rule and reign in my heart from this day forward. Please send your Holy Spirit to help me obey You, and to do Your will for the rest of my life. In Jesus' name I pray, Amen.”
“Repent, and let every one of you be baptized in the name of Jesus Christ for the remission of sins; and you shall receive the gift of the Holy Spirit” (Acts 2:38).
If you decided to receive Jesus today, welcome to God's family. Now, as a way to grow closer to Him, the Bible tells us to follow up on our commitment.
- Get baptized as commanded by Christ.
- Tell someone else about your new faith in Christ.
- Spend time with God each day. It does not have to be a long period of time. Just develop the daily habit of praying to Him and reading His Word. Ask God to increase your faith and your understanding of the Bible.
- Seek fellowship with other followers of Jesus. Develop a group of believing friends to answer your questions and support you.
- Find a local gathering where you can worship God.
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WHAT DO YOU THINK? – We have all sinned and deserve God's judgment. God, the Father, sent His only Son to satisfy that judgment for those who believe in Him. Jesus, the creator and eternal Son of God, who lived a sinless life, loves us so much that He died for our sins, taking the punishment that we deserve, was buried, and rose from the dead according to the Bible. If you truly believe and trust this in your heart, receiving Jesus alone as your Savior, declaring, “Jesus is Lord,” you will be saved from judgment and spend eternity with God in heaven.What is your response?
Yes, today I am deciding to follow Jesus
Yes, I am already a follower of Jesus
I still have questions
Ask God for hope and guidance with these prayers
Prayers for hope are needed for every believer. There are often situations that bring us down and we may lose our hope and sometimes even faith. These simple prayers will help you deal with problems and see the light at the end of difficult times.
Father God in a world that is ever changing and in a society that has all but rejected the truth of Your Word, I thank You that You are our never-changing Saviour, Who knows the end from the beginning and has the universe in the palm of His hand. Develop in me an unwavering trust in the hope that is set before me, knowing that in Christ I have already received Your gift of eternal life, by grace – through faith in Christ Jesus my Lord.
May I learn more of Your divine character and perfect attributes – for the more I know You the more I trust You and the more I trust You the more I come to love You.
Develop in me an unwavering hope in Your promises, knowing that despite the evil and wickedness that seems to be suffocating all that is good and pure, Your plans and purposes for mankind will one day be brought to fruition, when Christ is all in all, and the whole world is brought into submission under His feet..
and He rules and reigns on earth as King of kings and Lord of lords. May I hope in You unswervingly and live my life to Your praise and glory, in Jesus name I pray,
One of the best prayers for hope and courage
Heavenly Father, my hope is in You alone as I face many storms of life that constantly seem to be battering at my door, with increasing intensity.
Lord, they seem billowing waves beating against everything that has spelt security in my life up till now and causing me to realise that without You I would be overcome in a moment of time.
Help me Lord to look to You and maintain that hope that I have in You, knowing that without You I am nothing, but with You at the helm of my life I have all I need to stand firm in the faith.Lord thank You that by Your grace I have been made a new creation in Christ and thank You for the promise of hope that is set before me in Him.
Thank You that my hope was founded on You the moment I first believed – but forgive me Lord… for over the years I know I have drifted far away from You as I tried, in my own strength, to be the captain my own life and negotiate through its little surges and swells by my own skill and cunning.
Lord I ask Your forgiveness for being so careless with my relationship with You, for You alone deserve my praise and thanksgiving for You alone are the source of my life and the sphere of my hope – You are the faithful Shepherd of the sheep and the Rock upon Whom my hope is founded.
Lord I pray that as the intensity of life’s storms increase all around me, that I may cling ever closer to You, and rest all my hope upon You, for You alone are worthy, in Jesus name I pray,
Effective prayer for new hope
Thank You Father that my eternal future is built upon Christ Jesus my Lord and I pray that I may hold unswervingly to the hope I have in Him, knowing that He Who died on the cross to pay the price for my sins, and drew me with His cords of everlasting love into His family, is faithful to complete the good work that He started in my life for His word stands fast for ever and ever.
May I never forget on Whom my hope is founded, knowing that He became sin for me so that I might become the righteousness of God in Him.
May I stand firm on the confession of my faith and develop a living hope, that stands fast in the day of trouble – knowing that in Him I can face all that this life throws at me.
My hope is indeed built on nothing less than the Lord Jesus Christ and His righteousness – thank You for the living hope I have in Him,
Thank You Father that our hope, which is rooted and grounded in Christ Jesus is not for this world only, but has a most glorious and eternal perspective, for as Paul told the Corinthian believers that if we were only to hope in this life, we would be pitied more that anyone else, but praise be to God, that our hope is in Christ, Who has been raised from the dead.
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Thank You Father that our citizenship is in heaven and Christ Jesus is that blessed Hope, for whom we all eagerly await, knowing that when we see Him we shall be changed in His ness – what a glorious hope we have in Him.. a hope that is secured for us in heaven, for which we praise and glorify Your holy name.
May we set our heart and minds on things above, knowing that Christ is, seated at the right hand of God and our life is hid with Christ in God and we are complete in Him. Father thank You for this spiritual hope that we have in Him, knowing that He is our eternal and abundant life and that when He appears we too will appear with him in glory. Praise Your holy name ,
Prayer Of Thanks For My Hope In Christ
Father, I want to praise and thank You for the living hope that I have in Christ Jesus my Saviour. Thank You that He is the same yesterday, today and forever and that I have been placed in union with Him. Thank You for the confident assurance I have in Him, knowing that my eternal future is secured for me in heavenly places – in Christ Jesus my Saviour.
Thank You that my hope in firmly anchored in Him and eternally secured in Christ the Rock of my salvation, and I pray that day by day I may hold fast to the blessed hope that is set before me.
Looking to Jesus, the Author and Finisher of my faith – knowing that my Lord Jesus Christ is the mainstay of our soul, and Who is both sure and steadfast – faithful and true.I praise and thank You for my wonderful hope in Christ, who died for me that I might have abundance of hope in this world,and in the ages to come, life everlasting. To Him be all praise and glory, world without end, Amen.
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Heavenly Father, thank You for Your guidance. Forgive me for getting ahead of Your plans, and help me know when to stop and listen for Your direction. Your ways are perfect, Lord. In Jesus’ Name, Amen.
– Kristine Brown
Prayer for guidance from the Holy Spirit
Lord, I pray you would move the Spirit more boldly in my life. I know that any sin can grieve and diminish the voice of the Spirit and I pray against the temptation to sin.
Help me crave your presence more than I crave sin. Help me grow in the fruit of the Spirit and so walk closer with Yourself.
I pray for guidance from your Spirit- let your will and promises always be a meditation of my heart. In Jesus’ Name, Amen.
– Kenny Luc
A prayer for guidance during life challenges
Lord, I’m here today with open hands and an open heart, ready to depend on you to help me through the day and all it will bring my way. Help me be Nehemiah, help me come to you for guidance, strength, provision and protection.
As I face tough choices and hard situations, help me remember my belovedness, help me remember that I am Your child and Your representative to the world around me. Help me live today in a way that brings honour to Your holy name.
In Jesus’ Name, Amen.
– Charles Stanley
Be sure to pray from the bottom of your heart and pray for your nearest and dearest ones every day!
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12 Simple, Yet Powerful Prayers for Your Church
Jesus is alive, and he is building his church (Matt. 16:18).
Jesus’ church is built upon his life, death, burial, and resurrection. It is through the proclamation of this message—the gospel—that the church will either visibly rise or fall.
The gospel is of first importance for the church (1 Cor. 15:1–11). The Church may have a variety of differences, but there’s one common denominator between them all: We are justified by grace alone, through faith alone, in Christ alone.
The gospel renews people who are burdened with sin and discouraged by the struggles of life.
The gospel offers hope for those who have succumbed to the darkness of despair and helplessness.
And the gospel performs the greatest miracle of all:
It introduces people to Jesus who will transform them into new creations in him.
Jesus is inviting you to participate in his work.
One of the most significant ways we are called to participate in God’s work today is to pray for the Church.
We are to…
Pray for the Church.
Pray for our church family.
Pray for the body of Christ in our community and around the world.
Jesus’ church has stood the test of time. It cannot be stopped by force, political pressure, or even political correctness. It has weathered tumultuous years and lived through multiple heretical diseases.
Jesus will continue to build his church until he returns in glory to redeem his bride, and absolutely nothing or no one can stand in his way.
As you read this post, we encourage you to join us in prayer for the Church.
If you can, take a moment to put down your phone, start a prayer meeting, and take a break from whatever you’re doing to pray through these prayer points for your church, churches in your community, and churches around the world.
1 Samuel 2:1-10:
“And Hannah prayed and said, 'My heart exults in the Lord; my horn is exalted in the Lord. My mouth derides my enemies, because I rejoice in your salvation. 'There is none holy the Lord: for there is none besides you; there is no rock our God.
Talk no more so very proudly, let not arrogance come from your mouth; for the Lord is a God of knowledge, and by him actions are weighed. The bows of the mighty are broken, but the feeble bind on strength. Those who were full have hired themselves out for bread, but those who were hungry have ceased to hunger.
The barren has borne seven, but she who has many children is forlorn. The Lord kills and brings to life; he brings down to Sheol and raises up. The Lord makes poor and makes rich; he brings low and he exalts.
He raises up the poor from the dust; he lifts the needy from the ash heap to make them sit with princes and inherit a seat of honor. For the pillars of the earth are the Lord’s, and on them he has set the world.
'He will guard the feet of his faithful ones, but the wicked shall be cut off in darkness, for not by might shall a man prevail. The adversaries of the Lord shall be broken to pieces; against them he will thunder in heaven. The Lord will judge the ends of the earth; he will give strength to his king and exalt the horn of his anointed.'”
1 Peter 1:3:
“Blessed be the God and Father of our Lord Jesus Christ! According to his great mercy, he has caused us to be born again to a living hope through the resurrection of Jesus Christ from the dead.”
“I do not cease to give thanks for you, remembering you in my prayers, that the God of our Lord Jesus Christ, the Father of glory, may give you the Spirit of wisdom and of revelation in the knowledge of him.”
Psalm 51:7, 10-12:
“Purge me with hyssop, and I shall be clean; wash me, and I shall be whiter than snow… Create in me a clean heart, O God, and renew a right spirit within me. Cast me not away from your presence, and take not your Holy Spirit from me. Restore to me the joy of your salvation, and uphold me with a willing spirit.”
“O Lord, I have heard the report of you, and your work, O Lord, do I fear. In the midst of the years revive it; in the midst of the years make it known; in wrath remember mercy.”
“I appeal to you, brothers, by our Lord Jesus Christ and by the love of the Spirit, to strive together with me in your prayers to God on my behalf, that I may be delivered from the unbelievers in Judea, and that my service for Jerusalem may be acceptable to the saints,so that by God's will I may come to you with joy and be refreshed in your company.”
“For this reason I bow my knees before the Father, from whom every family in heaven and on earth is named, that according to the riches of his glory he may grant you to be strengthened with power through his Spirit in your inner being, so that Christ may dwell in your hearts through faith—that you, being rooted and grounded in love, may have strength to comprehend with all the saints what is the breadth and length and height and depth, and to know the love of Christ that surpasses knowledge, that you may be filled with all the fullness of God.”
“Our God is in the heavens; he does all that he pleases.”
“Let our plea for mercy come before you, and pray to the Lord your God for us, for all this remnant—because we are left with but a few, as your eyes see us—that the Lord your God may show us the way we should go, and the thing that we should do.”
“Your kingdom come, your will be done, on earth as it is in heaven.”
“Nevertheless, not as I will, but as you will.”
“For God is my witness, whom I serve with my spirit in the gospel of his Son, that without ceasing I mention you always in my prayers, asking that somehow by God's will I may now at last succeed in coming to you.”
“And so, from the day we heard, we have not ceased to pray for you, asking that you may be filled with the knowledge of his will in all spiritual wisdom and understanding, so as to walk in a manner worthy of the Lord, fully pleasing to him, bearing fruit in every good work and increasing in the knowledge of God.”
1 John 5:14:
“This is the confidence which we have before Him, that, if we ask anything according to His will, He hears us.”
“And [Jesus] said to them, ‘When you pray, say: ‘Father, hallowed be your name. Your kingdom come.’”
“Rejoice in hope, be patient in tribulation, be constant in prayer.”
“May the God of endurance and encouragement grant you to live in such harmony with one another, in accord with Christ Jesus, that together you may with one voice glorify the God and Father of our Lord Jesus Christ.”
“May the God of hope fill you with all joy and peace in believing, so that by the power of the Holy Spirit you may abound in hope.”
“May you be strengthened with all power, according to his glorious might, for all endurance and patience with joy, giving thanks to the Father, who has qualified you to share in the inheritance of the saints in light. He has delivered us from the domain of darkness and transferred us to the kingdom of his beloved Son, in whom we have redemption, the forgiveness of sins.”
“And now, Lord, look upon their threats and grant to your servants to continue to speak your word with all boldness, while you stretch out your hand to heal, and signs and wonders are performed through the name of your holy servant Jesus.”
“Praying at all times in the Spirit, with all prayer and supplication. To that end keep alert with all perseverance, making supplication for all the saints, and also for me, that words may be given to me in opening my mouth boldly to proclaim the mystery of the gospel, for which I am an ambassador in chains, that I may declare it boldly, as I ought to speak.”
2 Timothy 4:2:
“Preach the word; be ready in season and season; reprove, rebuke, and exhort, with complete patience and teaching.”
“And it is my prayer that your love may abound more and more, with knowledge and all discernment, so that you may approve what is excellent, and so be pure and blameless for the day of Christ, filled with the fruit of righteousness that comes through Jesus Christ, to the glory and praise of God.”
“I therefore, a prisoner for the Lord, urge you to walk in a manner worthy of the calling to which you have been called, with all humility and gentleness, with patience, bearing with one another in love, eager to maintain the unity of the Spirit in the bond of peace.”
“Until we all attain to the unity of the faith and of the knowledge of the Son of God, to mature manhood, to the measure of the stature of the fullness of Christ.”
“Continue steadfastly in prayer, being watchful in it with thanksgiving.”
“I do not cease to give thanks for you, remembering you in my prayers, that the God of our Lord Jesus Christ, the Father of glory, may give you the Spirit of wisdom and of revelation in the knowledge of him, having the eyes of your hearts enlightened, that you may know what is the hope to which he has called you, what are the riches of his glorious inheritance in the saints, and what is the immeasurable greatness of his power toward us who believe, according to the working of his great might that he worked in Christ when he raised him from the dead and seated him at his right hand in the heavenly places, far above all rule and authority and power and dominion, and above every name that is named, not only in this age but also in the one to come. And he put all things under his feet and gave him as head over all things to the church, which is his body, the fullness of him who fills all in all.”
“We always thank God, the Father of our Lord Jesus Christ, when we pray for you, since we heard of your faith in Christ Jesus and of the love that you have for all the saints, because of the hope laid up for you in heaven.
Of this you have heard before in the word of the truth, the gospel, which has come to you, as indeed in the whole world it is bearing fruit and increasing—as it also does among you, since the day you heard it and understood the grace of God in truth, just as you learned it from Epaphras our beloved fellow servant.
He is a faithful minister of Christ on your behalf and has made known to us your love in the Spirit.”
“And he said to all, 'If anyone would come after me, let him deny himself and take up his cross daily and follow me. For whoever would save his life will lose it, but whoever loses his life for my sake will save it.”
2 Corinthians 2:14-16:
“But thanks be to God, who always leads us in triumphal procession in Christ and through us spreads everywhere the fragrance of the knowledge of him. For we are to God the aroma of Christ among those who are being saved and those who are perishing. To the one we are the smell of death; to the other, the fragrance of life. And who is equal to such a task?”
2 Corinthians 9:12-15:
“For the ministry of this service is not only supplying the needs of the saints but is also overflowing in many thanksgivings to God.
By their approval of this service, they will glorify God because of your submission that comes from your confession of the gospel of Christ, and the generosity of your contribution for them and for all others, while they long for you and pray for you, because of the surpassing grace of God upon you. Thanks be to God for his inexpressible gift!”