Yes, Lord! My life is in YOUR hands.
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What a powerfully encouraging passage this is, Father! I could just imagine receiving this letter, reading through it with such wonder, humility and gratefulness for the kind of love conveyed through such intercession. In the times that You move me to correspond with others, YOU be the one moving the pen or hitting the keys, so that a message of rich encouragement and hope pour forth toward the recipient.
Paul conveyed in these first few verses some of what he prayed for Your people in Corinth AND “all those everywhere” who call on Your name — Hey! that’s me too. So, I want to shape this portion of the chapter into my own prayer to You (drawn from the wording in the Amplified Bible):
Thank You, Father, for being the one who consecrates me, purifies me and makes me holy in Christ Jesus. You have selected and called me to be a saint (one of Your people), together with all those who, in any place, call upon and give honor to Your name, Lord Jesus Christ.
May Your grace (favor and spiritual blessing) be mine and may heart peace from You, my Father God and my Lord Jesus Christ, be immovably within me. Thank You for the grace You bestow on me, so that in You in every respect You enrich my life, in full power and readiness of speech, to speak of my faith and complete knowledge and illumination to give me full insight into its meaning.
You’ve used the witness of many over the years to impact my life. You worked it so that their witness concerning Your Son, the Christ or Messiah, was so confirmed and made sure in me, that I am not consciously falling behind or lacking in any special spiritual endowment or Christian grace. You’ve enabled me to receive this gift by the power of divine grace operating in my soul by the Holy Spirit.
All the while I wait and watch, constantly living in hope (or assurance) for Your coming, my Lord Jesus … the Day You’ll be made visible to all!
You have promised that You will establish me to the end, keeping me steadfast, giving me strength, and guaranteeing my pardon. You will be my warrant against all accusation or indictment, so that I will be guiltless and blameless on Your Glorious Day.
You are my God; You are faithful, reliable, trustworthy, and therefore ever true to Your promise. You can be depended on.
You have called me into companionship and participation with Your Son, Jesus, my Sovereign Lord. Thank You for this Forever Friend and loyal Companion You’ve given me, Father. Thank You for the life He lived here as an example to me. Take my life and make me just like Jesus. Amen.