2 Timothy 2:8–19
"Remember Jesus Christ, risen from the dead, the offspring of David, as preached in my gospel, for which I am suffering, bound with chains as a criminal. But the word of God is not bound! Therefore I endure everything for the sake of the elect, that they also may obtain the salvation that is in Christ Jesus with eternal glory. The saying is trustworthy, for:
If we have died with him, we will also live with him;
if we endure, we will also reign with him;
if we deny him, he also will deny us;
if we are faithless, he remains faithful—
for he cannot deny himself.
Remind them of these things, and charge them before God not to quarrel about words, which does no good, but only ruins the hearers. Do your best to present yourself to God as one approved, a worker who has no need to be ashamed, rightly handling the word of truth. But avoid irreverent babble, for it will lead people into more and more ungodliness, and their talk will spread like gangrene. Among them are Hymenaeus and Philetus, who have swerved from the truth, saying that the resurrection has already happened. They are upsetting the faith of some. But God's firm foundation stands, bearing this seal: 'The Lord knows those who are his,' and, 'Let everyone who names the name of the Lord depart from iniquity.'"
Father, we are inspired by Christ’s faithfulness and Paul’s steadfastness in following Him. Make us a faithful people, willing to endure whatever comes into our lives for the sake of the gospel, just as Paul was. Help us to remain faithful, focused on the essential things and not distracted by anything that will cause division. Encourage us with the truth that even when we fail You, You remain faithful to us.
Pray for yourself: Pray that God would teach you how to be faithful and give you the strength to obey the specific call He has placed on your life.
Pray for those closest to you: Ask the Lord to shape those closest to you, that they would be faithful in following Him. Pray that we would be examples of faithfulness to one another so we may encourage each other.
Pray for your local church: Pray for your local church leaders. Ask that the Lord would keep them faithful in their leading of the church and that the church body would be faithful as a congregation. Pray for the Lord to protect your church by keeping it focused on the essentials of the faith.
Pray for the worldwide church: Ask that the Lord would encourage His body worldwide so we will be faithful to His call. Pray that church would remain steadfast in the face of persecution. Pray that churches around the world would faithfully pass on the gospel to the next generation.