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“Therefore I hope to send him immediately, as soon as I see how things go with me; and I trust in the Lord that I myself also will be coming shortly” (Philippians 2:23-24)

Paul desired to impart the Gospel to those who would receive it.  Impart and not just talk about it.  There is something very real which is given in the Gospel.  It is not just an idea, but the power of God unleashed amidst the thoughts and ideas of this world.  You have heard, but have you believed?  You have received, but is the truth alive and active in You?  These are the things Paul is talking about.

Lord, help me to understand these things.  Yes, they are a mystery, but it is what You say in Your Word.  Guide me into deeper understanding so that I may begin to grasp the reality of mysteries You share through Your Word and through those whom You send who speak Your word.  Lead me, O Lord, in order that I may be guided by Your goodness and mercy always.  Help me receive the truth that I may always walk with You.

Lord Jesus, Word made flesh, You have revealed the light and life that is present through You in this world.  Guide me in Your goodness so that I may now and always listen and learn as You would have me listen and learn.  Guide me to walk where You would have me walk.  Take away from me the desire to follow my own heart and teach me how to follow You.  In all things, help me to see that You are with me.  Amen.