Look straight ahead,
and fix your eyes on what lies before you.
Mark out a straight path for your feet;
stay on the safe path.
Don’t get sidetracked;
keep your feet from following evil.
Lord, grant us focus. Like Your Son, who for the joy set before Him, endured the cross and despised the shame, we want to live with the end goal—Your glory—always in sight. We confess that enduring is hard for us. We don’t like to suffer. The path of comfort is all too often a broad road to idleness and idolatry, so please block those roads, even if the only path we have left leads to suffering. For even in suffering, we have hope because You’ve told us how the story ends. Give us strength to endure, and remind us of all that Christ endured to redeem us. Cause us to remember that because we are saved by the blood of Christ, we can withstand any trials we face in this life. We have hope because we know that we have been reconciled to You and You are restoring all things.
Pray for yourself: Pray that God would continue to teach you how to endure. Ask Him to reveal to you how endurance ultimately leads to an eternal hope that will not disappoint. Pray that He will prepare you ahead of time for any trials or challenges that lay ahead.
Pray for those closest to you: Ask the Lord to cultivate your closest relationships and make them places where endurance is encouraged through love and support of one another.
Pray for your local church: Pray for wisdom and patient endurance for any trials that your local church may face. Ask the Lord to strengthen the entire congregation to set an example of endurance for those around them. Pray that your church would be a place where believers are encouraged to remain faithful when trials come.
Pray for the worldwide church: Pray for the global church to persevere against trials and persecution. Ask the Lord to help our brothers and sisters flourish and multiply in the face of opposition. Pray for opportunities to show our support and love for them in tangible ways.
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