Today’s Prayer Challenge: Being Willing to Take a Punch for Christ

“12 But I would ye should understand, brethren, that the things which happened unto me have fallen out rather unto the furtherance  of the gospel; 13 So that my bonds in Christ are manifest in all the palace, and in all the other places; 14 And many of the brethren in the Lord, waxing confident by my bonds, are much more bold to speak the word without fear.” ~ Philippians 1:12 — 14 (KJV)

Dear Lord,

We first and foremost come to You giving You all the praise, glory, and honor as the one and only true and living God. We thank You for salvation — sending Your Son to die on the cross for our sins so that we can have eternal life with You in heaven. Please forgive us of our sins, and we thank You in advance for helping us to overcome our weaknesses and shortcomings.

Lord, we come with a special prayer today that we will, like Apostle Paul, stand strong for You even in the face of adversity. Thank You for teaching us through Your Word that though trials test our faith, they help in the furtherance of Your Kingdom. May our lives be a living testimony — to believers and non-believers alike — that You have done so much for us all the way from saving our souls to allowing us to see each day that You are worth taking a punch for. May non-believers see the greatness of Your power and might within us, and may our fellow believers be emboldened to proclaim Your Word without feeling even the slightest hint of shame.

It is in the magnificent name of our Lord and Savior, Jesus Christ, that we pray. Amen.

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