Lord, forgive us for our lack of peace. We so frequently let the diverse attacks of Satan disrupt us and set us on edge. Instead of holding to your promises and trusting the firm truth revealed in the Scriptures, we listen to his lies and believe his false accusations.
Lord, we bring our doubts and lack of assurance to you. We know that we are feeble and frail, often permitting our circumstances to dictate our moods. Instead of recalling the many times you have shown yourself faithful and blessed us, we let ourselves fall into despairing thoughts and feelings of hopelessness.
Lord, we have failed to see ourselves in Christ. Indeed we’ve counted the multitude of our sins and have mentally stared deeply into that grotesque pile of wretchedness. Yet we have not stared at Christ and remembered that the books in heaven have been cleared of every sordid sin and shortcoming.
Lord, we pray that our unrest would be put to rest. That we would not dwell on what could be or any other hypothetical situation that we can conceive with our wicked minds, but rather we pray that we would rest in the coming of Christ and the certain triumph of your eternal decree.
Let us, O God, be at peace and strive with all our might to maintain this peace. Let us be diligent to resist the devil and hold tightly to the shield of faith so that his fiery arrows might be extinguished.
Let the peace of Christ rule in our hearts and may it be lodged there so fully that it never loosen. For we ask this in the name of the Prince of Peace himself. Amen
Assurance: Is. 53
But he was pierced for our transgressions; he was crushed for our iniquities; upon him was the chastisement that brought us peace, and with his wounds we are healed.
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