This chapter takes a look at the persecution in Judea under Herod, but then tells about Herod’s untimely, tragic death.
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Dear Heavenly Father,
You sent your Son Jesus to us so that we would have a clear path to be reconciled to you. We thank for giving him to us as the way, the truth and the life.
We pray that you would empower us with your Spirit and help us to walk in obedience to your word. We ask your help in fully receiving your peace, so that we would not let our hearts be troubled.
And we pray all of these things in the name of our Lord Jesus Christ. We believe that this is what he would pray for if he was here with us.
Thank you for giving us the perfect Savior in the person of Jesus Christ your Son. Help us to always be ready to obey him, even when we are not sure where obedience will lead. And allow us, through this process to develop greater intimacy with you.
Then Father, when we look at the religious leaders, we realize that we may be in that position today in relation to others. Help us to always be an encouragement to those who need to grow in their faith. Help us further to make it easier for those who don’t know you to come to know you personally.
Help us to be stepping stones rather than stumbling blocks to other people’s faith.
In Christ our Lord,