Thank you for giving us life. And thank you for leading us closer to you in this time of uncertainty.
Father, people are troubled everywhere. Stock markets can rise but suddenly drop in value. Home ownership is down because it is harder for some to buy a house. The rich keep getting richer and the poor poorer. People are working but wage gains go to high paying jobs while the wages of low paying jobs stagnate. People are worried that the things that they have worked for are declining in value. There is always a war or threat of war somewhere. Weather disasters are happening at an increasing rate. People are uncertain about life in general.
Your apostle, Paul, wrote, “Set your affection on things above, not on things of the earth.” Lord, help us do that. Help us put aside our affection for things on earth and learn to love the eternal things more.
Thank you, Lord, for teaching us to learn to love and help one another. Thank for the gift of our families and loved ones. Thank you for reconciling broken hearts, and helping to restore families. Help us, O Lord, to get closer together. Help us get more of a sense of community, of sharing, of fellowshipping together. Thank you, Lord, for reminding us that we are in this together. For these are more important than things.
Father, you are the source of peace. That peace comes through the knowledge of your son, Jesus Christ. Thank you for sending your son to die for us that we can have eternal life. The affairs of this life are frequent reminders that peace comes from above, not from the world.
The Gospel of John says that Jesus came that we might have life and have it more abundantly. Lead us, Father, and guide us to realize that more abundant life which we know is not centered on earthly things, but the things that are from you.
Father, you are the great provider, the creator of all that is.
Lord, we pray for confidence in your provision. Help us remain focused on you that we remain peaceful and confident, that no matter what you provide for our needs. Your Apostle, Paul, wrote, that you supply all our need according to your riches in glory in Christ Jesus. Help us see that more and more each day!
Thank you for all of this in the name of Jesus Christ. Amen