Ask and it will be given to you; seek and you will find; knock and the door will be opened to you. For everyone who asks, receives; he who seeks finds; and to him who knocks, the door will be opened. – Matthew 7:7-8
Please take a moment to pray for the following:
Risen Lord, through Your Spirit, You have freely given us an eternal peace in Christ, a peace which assures us of life eternal. Forgive us when we let other people or life circumstances create turmoil and frustration, bringing focus to ourselves and away from Jesus. As we depart Your house today, send us out in Your peace, that we will truly know Your joy and live it out among our neighbors.
Father, You have assured us of a life which extends beyond any temporal suffering we experience in this world. Please grant healing and a full recovery to all who are experiencing illness at this time, especially, Glen Jones (lymphoma), Al Schumacher (shingles), Christine Geidel (cancer), Ellen Leslie (recovering from hip surgery), Earlean Brown (home recovering), Buzz Severin (melanoma), and Scott Dobberfuhl (recovering from a stroke). Complete Your joy in them as they continue through their trials, giving them perseverance and growing their faith continually.
Glorious Lord, though peace in this world is unlikely, we have a peace in You that surpasses all of our understanding. We ask that Your peace enter the hearts of all government leaders, both in our nation and around the world, especially in Myanmar, that their decisions be guided by You and bring You alone glory. Please protect those who serve in our military, especially Rebecca Guild (serving in Monterey, CA), Akan Udoeyop (serving in Germany), Madison Kessel Lyon (serving in Germany), Nicholas Zanow (Charleston, South Carolina), Kurt Degner (WI National Guard), Mark Liedtke (Fort Lewis, Washington), Jessica Jones (being deployed to Kuwait), and Joseph Siefert (serving in Spain).
Gracious God, as we listen to the fears and doubts of those in our everyday lives, You have gifted us with the profound and exciting privilege to speak Your joy into their lives. Open us to these opportunities and make Yourself present in them, that Your peace will prevail in their lives. We ask the same for those serving abroad, especially David & Rachel Baker (serving in Mongolia) and Barbara Rebentisch (serving in Taiwan).