Peace and Anxiety

2020 has been a challenging year. Our world has been turned upside down with Covid, quarantines, social distancing and mask orders, business closings and job losses, racism, riots, looting, slander, elections and recounts and doubt, and all the struggles and anxiousness that comes along with that. But God says we don’t need to be anxious. That we can still have peace. Whatever the circumstance, we have much to be thankful for. With Thanksgiving just around the corner, what are the things you are thankful for?

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Paul’s Prayers for Believers

Pauls’ epistles, Galatians, Ephesians, Philippians and Colossians are some of my favorite books in the Bible.  There is so much here to learn from, about life and about Jesus Christ our Lord.  Within them, he shares His love for the church and other believers, as we all ought to.  He encourages them by telling them the that He prays for them and what He prays for.  I try to pray for my family and my church for these as well, though not as often as I should.  Of course, I try to stay away from ‘recited’ prayer, but I think using scripture within your prayer is good.  As believers, we need to be intercessors for others.  That is what Paul is doing in His letters.  These intercessory prayers encourage and guide us in our prayer life and in our life.  When I read them, I also feel He was praying these prayers for all of us.

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