Paul will now make his way toward Jerusalem. In this chapter he will be arrested and will remain in one form of custody or another right through the end of the book.
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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.
Your Son reminded us that sometimes the best we can expect out of this world is trouble.
His disciples often faced difficulty, opposition and persecution and they endured. Give us that same kind of strength.
From Christ’s instruction we learn that our worst enemies and betrayers might be those we would expect to be our closest friends. Those who should love us and those we love may respond with hatred and rejection. We thank you that Jesus experienced all of this first. We are certainly no greater than he is.
Help us, Father, to remain steadfast, to be faithful and to endure. We may desire happiness, comfort, approval and blessings, but they may not be ours at this time. Just as Jesus endured to the end and was glorified, help us to stand firm knowing that his story did not end at the cross and neither will ours.
If we experience no glory or honor in this world, may our lives still bring glory to him, for Christ is worthy.