5 February, 2023
For God has not given us a spirit of timidity, but of power and love and discipline. – 2 Timothy 1:7
Almighty God and Father, you are the One, Sovereign Power over all creation, which is the Mighty work of your Hand. You are Lord of creation and Author of our lives, and we sing your praises and sincerely offer our thanks to you who guides and sustains us with immeasurable love. Lord, you empower all who believe and have faith in you, with the Holy Spirit, and thus we are fortified to face the challenges of life, emerging victorious, following your ways and gaining in righteousness.
Through our Lord Jesus’ life and his sacrificial death, we have been taught to live in humble service, and so lose ourselves in Christ, that our souls, by destroying sin and death, win eternal salvation. We should carry our crosses courageously and in all humility. We are exhorted to defend our faith and the gospel even at the cost of our lives, for the gain of eternal salvation should so temper our minds and hearts, that it becomes our main goal and path of life.
Help us Lord, to fight for the truth, with fierce determination, seeking you in all things, attempting to accomplish our mission for the glorification of your Holy Name. As Christians, may we always look towards assisting our fellowmen with love and Christian ardor, living in Christ, for he died for us and now we no longer live, for ourselves, but in him, as he in us. We move forward in faith, in trust of you upholding us, in Jesus’ Name. Amen