7 Days of Prayer

SUNDAY

A Heart Free From Pride

MONDAY

Prayer for Expressing Gratitude

TUESDAY

Prayer for Strength

WEDNESDAY

A Prayer for My Wife

THURSDAY

Prayer for a Worthy Family

FRIDAY

Praise to the Father

SATURDAY

The General Thanksgiving

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Call My Family, Lord

But you are a chosen race, a royal priesthood, a holy nation, God’s own people, that you may declare the wonderful deeds of him who called you out of darkness into his marvelous light.
~~ 1 Peter 2:9

Father, I pray today that you may count my family worthy of your calling.

Enable us to become increasingly loving, full of integrity, and steeped in the knowledge of you and your Word.

I ask that you work in our lives that we may grow in all things that please you.

Help us to establish and pursue only those plans, goals, and purposes that are in keeping with your will and intent for our lives;

By your power cause every good purpose and faith-prompted act of ours to bear abundant fruit.

I pray this so that the name of the Lord Jesus Christ may be glorified in our lives and our lives in Him.

I thank you for your marvelous grace, for we know:
~~It is only by your grace that we can love unconditionally.
~~It is only by your grace that we can become fruitful.
~~It is only by your grace that we can persevere.
~~It is only by your grace that we can mature.

I ask all these things depending on your grace and in the name of Jesus Christ.

Amen.

Mini Manna: By Grace Through Living Faith

For it is by grace you have been saved, through faith—and this not from yourselves, it is the gift of God— not by works, so that no one can boast.
~~ Ephesians 2:8-9

You see that a person is justified by what he does and not by faith alone.
~~ James 2:24

Are these two passages contradictory?

The two passages are not really in conflict, because James and Paul were each talking about two different kinds of works and emphasizing different aspects of salvation.

Paul emphasized that the grace of God saves, and man cannot earn his salvation by merit. The fact that God’s grace saves, does not relieve us of the responsibility to obey God in order to receive the benefits of that grace.

We are saved by many things:

  • “For in this hope we were saved” (Romans 8:24).
  • “…he became the source of eternal salvation for all who obey him.” (Hebrews 5:9)
  • “… the blood of Jesus, his Son, purifies us from all sin” (1 John 1:7).
  • “and this water symbolizes baptism that now saves you also…” (1 Peter 3:21).

All of these save because salvation is “by grace through faith” . That faith is a Living Faith.

A living faith is a faith that works, that obeys the commands of Christ. When we let God’s love flow around us, cover us and support us it leads us to a living faith. A living faith manifested through the “fruit of the spirit“: love, joy, peace, patience, kindness, goodness, faithfulness, gentleness, and self-control.

A Prayer for My Wife

Husbands, love your wives, just as Christ loved the church and gave himself up for her to make her holy, cleansing her by the washing with water through the word, and to present her to himself as a radiant church, without stain or wrinkle or any other blemish, but holy and blameless. In this same way, husbands ought to love their wives as their own bodies. He who loves his wife loves himself. After all, no one ever hated his own body, but he feeds and cares for it, just as Christ does the church— for we are members of his body. For this reason a man will leave his father and mother and be united to his wife, and the two will become one flesh. This is a profound mystery—but I am talking about Christ and the church. However, each one of you also must love his wife as he loves himself, and the wife must respect her husband.
~~ Ephesians 5:25-33

Husbands, love your wives and do not be harsh with them.
~~ Colossians 3:19

In the Lord, however, woman is not independent of man, nor is man independent of woman.
~~ 1 Corinthians 11:11

Husbands, in the same way be considerate as you live with your wives, and treat them with respect as the weaker partner and as heirs with you of the gracious gift of life, so that nothing will hinder your prayers.
~~ 1 Peter 3:7

Heavenly Father, help me to love my wife, Raquel, sacrificially, just as Christ loved the church and gave Himself for her:

— May I never be harsh toward her but instead honor and cherish her.
— May I always remember that I am not independent of her.
— Help me to understand and fulfill her needs.
— Inspire me to draw on her wisdom and strength.
— Lead me to treat her with tenderness and humility.
— Let me display an unselfish spirit at all times.

Faithful Father, strengthen Raquel and bless her daily with the joy of Your presence:

— Keep her safe by surrounding her with Your hedge of protection.
— Keep her clothed in Your armor and prepare her for each day’s battle.
— Give her the wisdom to perform on her job and be a witness for You.

Lord, I thank You so much for all that my wife does for me, and our family. Thank You for blessing me with such a wonderful companion, helpmate, and best friend.

In the name of Your Son, and our Savior, Jesus Christ,

Amen.