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My Prayer

Lord Jesus, we thank You that in Your grace and mercy You forgive and cleanse us, that You pick us up and motivate us to continue on our journey with You.

Lord, we realize that we are not living in a neutral zone. We are living in the enemy’s territory. The Bible tells us that the whole world lies in the lap of the wicked one. We are so aware, O Lord, that the god of this world is our enemy. We know that the more seek to please You, the more we seek to do Your will, the more we pray, the more we reach out to the lost world, the more we accept the cross, the more we will be faced with the fiery darts of the evil one.

And Lord, it seems so often that the battleground is in our minds. How often – even daily – we face discouragement, questions, doubts, concerns, agonies, misunderstandings, self-pity. How often we find ourselves wanting to get out of the battle, to run off and hide somewhere! How often we find our hearts getting cold. We know it is part of the struggle we’re in. We are soldiers who sometimes get wounded and hurt and have to lie low when the bullets come straight toward us.

Yet Lord, we know that whether we stand or fall, we are still in Your hands. Today we surrender our lives to You completely once again. We ask You to take absolute control of our hearts.

Thank You, Lord, for encouraging and motivating us. Thank You for Your love that fills our hearts. Thank You for giving us every weapon we need to continue in this warfare. Thank You for encouraging us and giving us peace. Thank You for filling our hearts with joy and giving us strength. Thank You for Your great salvation.

In Jesus’ precious name, Amen.

This was a prayer by K.P. Yohannan, founder and director of Gospel for Asia, from his book “Living in the Light of Eternity” – a challenge to bring your heart back into focus in the light of eternity, heeding God’s call for your life.

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   The memory of the just is blessed: but the name of the wicked shall rot. Proverbs 10:7

Memorial Day was formerly known as Decoration Day. This holiday commemorates U.S. men and women who have died in military service to their country. It began first to honor Union soldiers who died during the American Civil War. After World War I, it was expanded to include those who died in any war or military action.

Abraham Lincoln at the commemoration of the Battlefield at Gettysburg, Pennsylvania, declared these words honoring those who had lost their lives on the battlefield at Gettysburg:

“That from these honored dead we take increased devotion to that cause for which they gave the last full measure of devotion, that we here highly resolve that these dead shall not have died in vain, that this nation under God, and that government of the people by the people and for the people shall not perish from the earth.”

Prayer

Dear Heavenly Father, we thank You for the many freedoms we enjoy as a nation to worship You. We thank You for peace in our land and pray that it may be extended throughout the world, and that many may come to know You – the Prince of Peace.

We ask that you would have mercy on our brave men and women in harms way. We pray that You would reveal the truth of Your love in their hearts; that You would bring comfort and peace to their families; and that You would protect them from the wickedness of this world. We ask that you would turn the tide against the terrorist enemies of this world, whose only offering to mankind is death, destruction, and oppression. This we ask in Jesus’ name, AMEN!

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