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“But you are a chosen people, a royal priesthood, a holy nation, God’s special possession, that you may declare the praises of him who called you out of darkness into his wonderful light” (1 Peter 2:9).

A priest is one with the ability to draw near to God.  The royal priesthood are the ones given power to become like Christ.  You have been given this promise through Christ.  In Him you have hope and in Him is true being.  Come then into the royal priesthood and give thanks to the One who is always good.  Live in the truth of His light and countenance and worship the One true God in spirit and truth.

Lord, help me understand more clearly the truth You have revealed once for all through the Good News of the Gospel.  Grant that I may gain wisdom and understanding and live into the life You promise.  Help me today and every day to learn more about what it means to love You and my neighbor.  Guide me in Your goodness so that these things would be true in me as You lead me through grace and in the hope and promise You give.

Lord Jesus, You have made possible the grace I need to walk in the light of Your countenance and grow to be like You.  Help me now, and as that day approaches when I shall stand before You face to face, to live in the goodness of Your mercy.  Teach me all that I need to know and fill me with Your presence and purpose in order that I may now and always walk with You.  Amen.