Prayer: Our Father in heaven, you alone are good and gracious, the God and Father of your redeemed people and the one who works through ordinary means as ordered according to your divine will. Though you are free to work without means, you typically use the work of your church to guide and direct your people, causing them to persevere to the end of their journey as pilgrims and strangers in a dark and difficult world. Your Word tells us that we are salt and light in a decaying and dark place. Yet, we confess that we grow weary of this life and the constant battle with sin that dwells within our members. Though we seek to mortify the deeds of the flesh, we know that we sometimes fall prey to its enticing ways. As a result, we sin against you and openly confess it and mourn the ease in which we stray. Forgive us, Father, and grant us a ready mind and heart, guarding it with all diligence, that we might not sin against you. Please help us to watch and pray lest we fall into temptation and sin. Indeed, the spirit is willing, but the flesh is weak. Thus, we are prone to tiredness, but we long to do good and not grow weary in doing all you have commanded. We thank you for your Word that brings hope and comfort to our troubled souls. We thank you for not leaving or abandoning us when we struggle, always watching over us and guiding us on the path you would have us go. 

Please help us today to walk worthy of the calling you have placed on our lives. Please grant us a love for you that is proven in the furnace of trials, suffering, and difficulty that often accompanies our pilgrimage. Because of these things, some are nearing despair. Please comfort them. Because of these things, some are weary and restless. Please direct their feet to walk on solid ground. Because of these things, others are struggling. Please be the Father of mercy and God of all comfort, ministering to their every need according to your riches in glory. These things we ask, humbly, because of that which the Lord Jesus Christ has done for your people. Amen. 

Scripture Meditation: Matt. 5:13-16; 2 Cor. 1:3-7; Lk. 21:36

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