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“I rejoice over the coming of Stephanas and Fortunatus and Achaicus, because they have supplied what was lacking on your part. For they have refreshed my spirit and yours. Therefore acknowledge such men” (1 Corinthians 16:17-18).

Be encouraged. The Lord sends those who will uplift and strengthen His people of faith. Receive those whom the Lord sends and be hospitable. We are surrounded by a cloud of witnesses who will speak of the mighty acts of the Lord. Walk with the strength of the One who provides for our needs before we ask. Let your spirit be constantly refreshed in the Lord.

Lord, open my eyes to see and my ears to hear as You send those who will uplift me in faith and guide me according to Your purposes. May I always have a receptive and discerning heart that as You minister to Your people, I would be amongst those who receive what You give. Guide me, O Lord, in the way of truth that I might now and always abide faithfully in all of Your provision.

Lord Jesus, You have taught us to pray without ceasing. Guide me, O Lord, in the way of truth that I would receive as You send others to minister to our every need. Help me to rightly hear and to live out those things You have given me. Through all things, strengthen me in the gift of salvation You have made possible that I may now and always abide humbly in Your presence. Amen.