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“Therefore, I want the men in every place to pray, lifting up holy hands, without wrath and dissension” (1 Timothy 2:8).

The first thing the wicked one wants to do is bring in dissension.  First, do not be the one through whom it comes.  Second, if you are in a position to do so, stand your ground against such things.  Be one who lifts up your hands in prayer and seeks what the will of the Lord is.  Be one who walks with the Lord and seeks for others to do the same.  Be sensible, stable, and serve as the Lord commands.

Lord, these are easy words to hear, but difficult words to live.  In Your Spirit, teach me how to do these things so that with maturity I may be a part of Your fellowship.  Guide me in Your goodness to do all the things You would have me do knowing that You have given me the Word of life.  Teach me how to live peacefully with others and do those things which are pleasing to the Father.

Lord Jesus, You told us that You did only what the Father told You to do.  Teach me how to live this way.  Guide me in Your goodness to see through the nonsense of this world and even those who practice it unaware.  Guide me to live consistently and faithfully.  Teach me so that I may become like You in all things and do what the Father commands me to do and not do.  Teach me how to be faithful.  Amen.