6 Don’t worry about anything; instead, pray about everything. Tell God what you need, and thank him for all he has done.
Heavenly Father, thank you for catching every care we cast in your direction; taking every burden we offload onto your heart; and for welcoming every worry we leave at your throne of grace. You know our needs better than we do, but here are a couple that stand out.
We need to know you are at work in our country, and we need your Spirit to fill our hearts with a fresh sighting of Jesus. After witnessing something more akin to a mud-slinging debacle, than a presidential debate, our hearts are heavy, sad and greatly concerned. All the vitriol, rancor, and contempt are wearing us out and down, Father.
Thank you for what you’ve already done? That’s easy, Father. You’ve given us Jesus—who is our righteousness, holiness, and redemption; and our loving Bridegroom, constant Advocate, and returning King. No matter how this election plays out, this we can say with confidence, Jesus is Lord!
7 Then you will experience God’s peace, which exceeds anything we can understand. His peace will guard your hearts and minds as you live in Christ Jesus.
We gladly receive the promise and provision of your peace, Father. We don’t have to understand everything. We know your timing is perfect and your ways are incomparable. Guard our vulnerable, wandering, impatient hearts with a greater measure of your peace, wisdom, and kindness.
8 And now, dear brothers and sisters, one final thing. Fix your thoughts on what is true, and honorable, and right, and pure, and lovely, and admirable. Think about things that are excellent and worthy of praise.
By faith, we set our mind, affections and gaze upon you, Lord Jesus—the author and perfecter of our faith; our merciful Savior and mighty Lord; the fountain of grace and the ground of all hope. For you are the most true and honorable, right and pure, lovely and admirable One in all of space and time. So very Amen we pray, in your tender and triumphant name.
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