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“And pray on my behalf, that utterance may be given to me in the opening of my mouth, to make known with boldness the mystery of the gospel, for which I am an ambassador in chains; that in proclaiming it I may speak boldly, as I ought to speak” (Ephesians 6:19-20).

We all need encouragement.  Do not look to another as your model of the godly life, but to Christ who is the author and finisher of your faith.  Do not be guided by those who might conform you to this world, but to the One who will conform you to Himself so that you might be presented without spot or blemish to the Father as one who has overcome through the grace you have been given.

Lord, the mystery is great, yet I see it every day.  Guide me, O Lord, in the way of truth so that I may now and always be guided by you. Help me this day to see more clearly, to love and follow you more nearly, as You lead me in the way I need to go.  Help me to look beyond myself and be an encouragement to others as You have encouraged me.  Lead me Lord where You will.

Lord Jesus, You came not to be served, but to serve.  You are Lord, but You do not lord it over others.  By Your example, help me to be an encouragement to others so that I may be bold in this faith You have given me, knowing that only in You is there hope and a future.  Guide me, O Lord, in the way of life and I will follow You all the days of this life into life eternal.  Give me boldness to always speak truth with kindness.  Amen.