Philippians

New Testament Reference

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Father of Purity and Morality

I am weeping today for the depravity of man so unashamedly on display. How can mankind be so consumed by sexual immorality that we now insist on being identified by our sexual perversions?

What was once shameful behavior is no longer. Parades are held to celebrate this new freedom to exploit others to satisfy personal lust. The byproduct of this reckless behavior is readily apparent…broken victims, STDs, fatherless children, abortion on demand, and now Monkeypox is declared a public health emergency to advance the politically correct protection of the immoral behavior spreading the disease as they once did HIV.

Father, only You can put this toothpaste back in the tube. Please restore a sense of morality and dignity to America. Help me love…and stand in the gap for the victims.

AMEN

Their destiny is destruction, their god is their stomach, and their glory is in their shame. Their mind is set on earthly things. Philippians 3:19

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My Solid Rock

As all around me grows more unhinged, I find great comfort in knowing where to go to find an unfailing fountain of wisdom. You are like a fountain of pure water in a parched desert.

The serpent has struck America deeply. We have become delusional in our attempt to find truth without You. We bicker and call it debate…we harbor deep divisions and blindly justify them. We have turned generation against generation
each of us defending our own truth. As this fever consumes us, You are the only anti-venom for our delusions.

We definitely need to hit the reset button…but we define any effort to reconcile
as compromise. I am guilty of this conceit.

Humble me and strengthen my faith that I may be may be a beacon illuminating the dangerous shoals ahead.

AMEN

Scripture: “Do nothing from selfishness or empty conceit, but with humility consider one another as more important than yourselves; Philippians 2:3

 

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Source of all Human Rights

In just a few short hours, I will be responsible to cast my vote for men and women…mostly unknown to me personally…and give them my approval to lead America and our communities for at least two years.

It is my sacred duty to vote and to vote wisely. Help me to knowledgeably fulfill my duty…driven not by my own self-interests, but by the common good.

Help me to cast an honorable vote worthy of the sacrifice of those who’ve bled and died to pass this responsibility to me. May I be motivated by the noble impulse of patriotism rather than the selfish desire for personal gain.

Lord, may I not be driven by the loudest voices but rather by the honest ones putting the needs of my country first.

AMEN

Scripture: “Do nothing out of rivalry or conceit, but in humility consider others as more important than yourself.” Philippians 2:3

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Father of Peace and Hope

Amid the daily destruction of the Godly standards which made America the hope of all mankind, I find great peace and comfort in the intimate relationship we share through Christ.

Father, parenting in today’s culture is stressful as we see the assault on our children escalating at every level. As parents and grandparents we are troubled and feel inadequate to protect our families. Inflation is wrecking our budgets, social media is invading our homes, school curriculum is determined to undermine our authority as parents and the beat goes on.

Surrounded by secular advise, we find no peace. Your way has been abandoned…replaced by self-help psychobabble.

Help us rediscover You are our only source of peace. You promise…if we ask…You will provide a peace unknown to the world. Lead us back to You.

AMEN

Scripture: “Don’t worry about anything, but in everything, through prayer and petition with thanksgiving, present your requests to God. And the peace of God, which surpasses all understanding, will guard your hearts and your minds in Christ Jesus.” Phil 4:6-7

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Merciful Father

As fallen human beings, we have pretty much made a hot mess of everything beautiful You gave us. I am brokenhearted to know how I have taken Your gifts for granted and assumed I was entitled to Your blessing. You reached down and rescued me from myself.

Now, I am surrounded by lost and ungrateful people and the fabric of our society is being ripped apart by jealousy, personal egos, and anger at the failures we’ve made of our lives.

Father, You are the source of all purpose peace, and joy. We need You to re-establish an understanding of the forgiveness available through Christ and a humility that will allow us to consider others first…regardless of our own needs.

Awaken across America and fresh breeze of community and unity in You.

AMEN

Scripture: “Don’t be selfish; don’t try to impress others. Be humble, thinking of others as better than yourselves.” Philippians 2:3

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Lord of Heaven and Earth

I come before You today, not worthy of the love and salvation You have given me and humbled by the opportunity to make my requests known directly to You.

I kneel before You today, helpless in my own strength to influence the direction America is headed. But I am confident in Your power to alter the hearts and minds of those in power and to shine the light of truth into the darkness enveloping them.

Draw them to the light and give them the courage to lead us in Your ways. Let them learn to fear You…for that is the beginning of wisdom.

I stand ready to serve You. Teach me how to represent Your Son and Your salvation well to all You bring across my path.

AMEN

Scripture:
“I can do all things through Him who strengthens me.”
Philippians 4:13

God is Listening; Speak Up

It is a sad truth that many (most?) believers consider prayer the last option in a crisis or life issue. All too often, we turn first to the other readily available sources; friends, TV, pop psychology, the latest trends in culture…all usually offering worldly, secular answers on finances; relationships; parenting; dependency issues…the list is endless. Somehow we’ve lost sight of the many promises in Scripture which advise us to make God our first and only option for solving life’s complex and troubling issues. Here is just a taste of what God has promised (all from the NLT):

“Don’t worry about anything; instead, pray about everything. Tell God everything (tell Him what’s on your mind). Tell God what you need and thank Him for all he’s done. If you do you will experience God’s peace…” (Philippians 4:6-7a)”

“The godly will rejoice in the Lord and find shelter in Him…” (Psalms 64:10a)

“The Lord is far from the wicked, but He hears the prayers of the righteous (His children)” (Proverbs 15:29)

“If any of you need wisdom—if you want to know what God wants you to do—ask Him and He will gladly tell you. He will not resent you asking. But when you ask Him, be sure you really expect Him an answer…” (James 1:5-6a)

But, He expects to be your final authority.

God hears the petitions (prayers) of His children…He desires only our best, whether its for ourselves, our families or our communities. He is better than any helpline you can call, cares more than any counselor you can find…and He is never too busy.

GOD IS LISTENING…SPEAK UP!

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