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“Do all things without grumbling or disputing; so that you will prove yourselves to be blameless and innocent, children of God above reproach in the midst of a crooked and perverse generation, among whom you appear as lights in the world” (Philippians 2:14-15)

It is difficult to be a follower of Jesus in this world.  It always has been.  The wicked one seeks whom he may devour and takes down those who might follow the Lord.  But you, what will you do?  Will you hold fast to the truth and live into the promised life that is before you?  Will you abide in Him and have Him abide in you?  Will you accept what is and do what He gives you to do without grumbling?

Lord, there are too many worries that I carry because I do care.  Yet, You tell me to not worry, not to grumble, nor to be upset when wickedness forces its way in.  Lead me, Lord, through this age looking to You for all things.  Only You know how to navigate through the pains, trials, and troubles that come my way.  You are the Savior and apart from You I can do nothing.  Save me in every time of trial.

Lord Jesus, You went to the cross intentionally and without rancor.  Teach me to do the same in all things and doing what is right and good.  Guide me according to Your purpose so that I would not be argumentative, demanding, nor live in reproach.  Teach me to become as You are in order that I may be a child of the Heavenly Father and live the life You give me to live amidst the pain of this world.  Amen.