1 I urge, then, first of all, that petitions, prayers, intercession and thanksgiving be made for all people – 2 for kings and all those in authority, that we may live peaceful and quiet lives in all godliness and holiness. 3 This is good, and pleases God our Saviour, 4 who wants all people to be saved and to come to a knowledge of the truth. 5 For there is one God and one mediator between God and mankind, the man Christ Jesus, 6 who gave himself as a ransom for all people. This has now been witnessed to at the proper time
6 For this cause, I remind you that you should stir up the gift of God which is in you through the laying on of my hands. 7 For God didn’t give us a spirit of fear, but of power, love, and self-control. 8 Therefore don’t be ashamed of the testimony of our Lord, nor of me his prisoner; but endure hardship for the Good News according to the power of God, 9 who saved us and called us with a holy calling, not according to our works, but according to his own purpose and grace, which was given to us in Christ Jesus before times eternal, 10 ...más
thank you that you see when others are unkind to us
give us grace (like Jacob) to hear your voice and be obedient to it or (like his wives) to discern your voice speaking to others and be obedient to it.
[Jacob said to Rachel and Leah]: 10 During mating season, I lifted up my eyes, and saw in a dream, and behold, the male goats which leaped on the flock were streaked, speckled, and grizzled. 11 The angel of God said to me in the dream, ‘Jacob,’ and I said, ‘Here I am.’ ...más
give us grace in difficult relationships to listen to you (as laban did),
and refrain from making things worse (as Jacob and Rachel did) and from hankering after other Gods (as Rachel did)
17 Then Jacob rose up, and set his sons and his wives on the camels,más
18 and he took away all his possessions to go to Isaac his father, to the land of Canaan.
19 Now Laban had gone to shear his sheep; and Rachel stole the teraphim [Gods] that were her father’s.
give us grace to be honest about our fears (as Jacob did)
give us grace to avoid making rash statements when we are not in full possession of the facts (as Jacob did)
26 Laban said to Jacob, “What have you done, that you have deceived me,más
and carried away my daughters like captives of the sword?
27 Why didn’t you tell me, that I might have sent you away with mirth and with songs;
28 and didn’t allow me to kiss my sons and my daughters? Now have you done foolishly.
give us grace to resolve conflicts today,
and when it is time to go separate ways, give us grace to do so with love and blessings
36 Jacob was angry, and argued with Laban. “What is my sin, that you have hotly pursued me?más
37 Now that you have felt around in all my stuff, what have you found of all your household stuff?
Set it here before my relatives and your relatives, that they may judge between us two.
41 These twenty years I have been in your house. I served you fourteen years for...
give us grace, when faced with what we fear, to lift up our eyes and voice to you.
1 Jacob went on his way, and the angels of God met him.
2 When he saw them, Jacob said, “This is God’s army.” ]
3 Jacob sent messengers in front of him to Esau, his brother,más
4 He commanded them, saying, “This is what you shall tell my lord, Esau:
‘This is what your servant, Jacob, says.
I have lived as a foreigner with Laban, and stayed until now.
5 I have...
give us grace to be creative in our use of resources in the pursuit of peace
13 Jacob stayed there that night, and took from that which he had with him a present for Esau, his brother:más
14 two hundred female goats and twenty male goats, two hundred ewes and twenty rams,
15 thirty milk camels and their colts, forty cows, ten bulls, twenty female donkeys and ten foals.
16 He delivered them into the hands of his servants, every herd by itself, and said to his servants,
“Pass over before me, and put a space between herd and herd.”
give us grace to dare to be alone with you, and the grace to have an honest struggle with you.
22 He rose up that night, and took his two wives and eleven sons and 23 sent them over the Jabbok stream.más
24 Jacob was left alone, and wrestled with a man there until the breaking of the day.
25 When he saw that he didn’t prevail against him,
the man touched the hollow of his thigh,
and the hollow of Jacob’s thigh was strained as he wrestled.
26 The man said, “Let me go, for the day breaks.”
Jacob said, “I won’t let you go...
give us grace to be courageous and humble in difficult situations today, like Jacob
give us grace to so focus on loving relationships that we are forgiving
1 Jacob lifted up his eyes, and looked, and, behold, Esau was coming, and with him four hundred men.más
He divided the children between Leah, Rachel, and the two servants.
2 He put the servants and their children in front, Leah and her children after, and Rachel and Joseph at the rear.
3 He himself passed over in front of them,
and bowed himself to the...
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