In times of plenty, in times of want, YOU are still God.
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Father, thank You for Your grace and peace! Thank You for the sacrifice of our Lord Jesus which made it possible for us to experience these gifts!
Thank You for the good work that You are carrying out in Your way, in Your time, as You shape me to be Your vessel! Thank You for the assurance that You will one day bring me to completion—you’ll have transformed me to be just like Jesus!
Cause my love for others and You to “abound more and more in knowledge and depth of insight.” Make me “able to discern what is best.” Make me “pure and blameless until the Day of Christ.” Fill me with the “fruit of righteousness that comes through Jesus” … that grows out of me because I remain in You. (John 15)—all to YOUR glory and praise!!
Cause my love to keep growing until I have such understanding and keen perception that I can sort out the truly important matters. Cause me to overflow with the goodness that comes from following Christ, to Your credit and honor, Father.
Cause my love to flourish, that I’ll not only love much but love well. Teach me to love appropriately. Help me to use my head and test my feelings so that my love is sincere and intelligent, not sentimental gush. Help me to live a lover’s life, circumspect (careful to consider circumstances and possible consequences) and exemplary (deserving imitation), a life that You, Jesus, will be proud of: bountiful in fruits from the soul, making Jesus attractive to all I encounter, getting everyone involved in the glory and praise of You.
Cause my love to keep on growing. Help me to fully understand how to make the right choices, then I can be restored by You to pure and innocent when Christ returns. And until that Day, keep me busy doing good stuff that brings glory and praise to YOU.
Cause me to overflow more and more with love for others, and at the same time to keep growing in spiritual knowledge and insight. Help me to always see clearly the difference between right and wrong, to be inwardly clean. May I be found doing those good, kind things which show that I am Your child, for THAT will bring much praise and glory to You. Amen.