Prayer Devotional, Psalm 141

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Dear brothers and sisters,

In Psalm 141, the Psalmist is so desperate for God that he begs Him to hear his prayers. And notice the awe and reverence he has for God as he presents his requests. There is so much reverence that he longs for his prayers to be pleasing to God, like incense as a fragrant aroma. He is deeply concerned about the content, motivation, and goal of his prayers. The posture of his heart is to pray in order to please God, not himself. There is not a trace of self-glory in the words of the Psalmist.

What does this mean for us? For one, it is important not only that we pray, but also how we pray. James 4:3 states, “You ask and do not receive, because you ask wrongly, to spend it on your passions.” No, God does not expect our prayers to be perfect. We could never accomplish that in our own strength. That is why we have the gracious assistance of the Son and the Spirit! But, at the same time, we do need to be concerned with what we ask for, and the posture of our heart when we ask for it.

Of course, we know that God is always listening and hears every word that is uttered. But the Psalmist is seeking more than just the knowledge that God audibly hears our every prayer. He is longing for intimacy and communion when he prays. He longs to pray according to God’s will and purpose. He wants God’s Kingdom to come, and His will to be done on earth as it is in Heaven (Matthew 6:10)!

Notice something else. Look at how the holiness of his life is vital to the Psalmist’s prayer motives. He refuses to enjoy the pleasures of the wicked, but will accept the rebuke of the righteous (verse 5). He prays in order to live holy, and as a result, his holy life then feeds his prayers (James 5:16). What a powerful combination, and a deadly weapon against Satan! The Psalmist is very concerned about his walk with God, and it beautifully shapes his prayers.

How does this instruct us as Christians? That communion with God in prayer is essential to our sanctification. We cannot do without it. Again, this also echoes the Lord’s Prayer when Jesus instructs us to pray against temptation, and deliver us from evil (Matthew 6:13).

So let us pray, and be desperate for God to hear and answer our prayers. Let us be mindful of our motives and goals when we pray. God desires that we live holy (Leviticus 11:44), and He will surely answer us as we pray to be more like Christ. No motivation could honor Him more than that.

Psalm 141  

O Lord, I call upon you; hasten to me!
Give ear to my voice when I call to you!
Let my prayer be counted as incense before you,
and the lifting up of my hands as the evening sacrifice!

Set a guard, O Lord, over my mouth;
keep watch over the door of my lips!
Do not let my heart incline to any evil,
to busy myself with wicked deeds
in company with men who work iniquity,
and let me not eat of their delicacies!

Let a righteous man strike me—it is a kindness;
let him rebuke me—it is oil for my head;
let my head not refuse it.
Yet my prayer is continually against their evil deeds.
When their judges are thrown over the cliff,
then they shall hear my words, for they are pleasant.
As when one plows and breaks up the earth,
so shall our bones be scattered at the mouth of Sheol.

But my eyes are toward you, O God, my Lord;
in you I seek refuge; leave me not defenseless!
Keep me from the trap that they have laid for me
and from the snares of evildoers!
10 Let the wicked fall into their own nets,
while I pass by safely.

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Prayer Devotional, Matthew 7:7-11

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When it comes to teaching on how to pray, I love the directness of Jesus. I love it, and Him, because He gives His elect people such clear, unmistakable instructions. In other words, you can’t miss it! Oh, but we do miss the point sometimes, don’t we? We miss it because we overcomplicate things. We try to give way too many reasons for why Jesus “didn’t really mean what He said.” But I say we take the King at His Word, and start benefitting from the beauty of His instructions.

Below we have a confidence-boosting passage that teaches us to approach God as our Father, pleading for His blessings, knowing that He always desires to give us good gifts. This is most encouraging and uplifting. Jesus exhorts all of God’s children to approach boldly to the throne in prayer, and to ask without reservation. He is the One who owns all things, and He commands us to come to Him, so that He can show just how amazing of a Provider He truly is. What a Savior we have!

When the Bible refers to God giving His children good gifts, it is talking about the best gifts possible. It is referring to the absolute, perfect good that only God can display. Our ‘good’ is always tainted, even in our best works. With us, something is always lacking in motivation, attitude, faith, and/or performance. God’s good is always perfect. Psalm 18:30 proclaims, “This God—his way is perfect; the word of the LORD proves true; he is a shield for all those who take refuge in him.” Since God is good, and all His ways are good, that means that anything He gives is also good.

And what is it about these gifts that are so good? Well, of course, there are too many reasons to possibly know, much less list, them all. But there are a few things we know. They are good gifts because they are given for the purpose of bringing glory and honor to the great and holy Name of Jesus Christ. They are gifts that will benefit our sanctification and perseverance in the faith. Gifts that will bless others, and contribute to the growth of God’s everlasting Kingdom through the spread of the gospel. And certainly, gifts that will strengthen and edify the local church. What a comfort it is to know that God never wastes a single gift!

God dispenses His answers to our prayers in perfect wisdom. He always gives us exactly what we need, and when we need it. He doesn’t give based on what we think we need in any given moment, but based on what we really need according to His perfect plan and purpose for our lives. That goes for us as individual Christians, and corporately as the church body. The verses below should motivate us to come together and pray fervently, and confidently, to our Father. He gives infinitely better than even the greatest parent on earth. And here’s another amazing thing about it……. it is His delight to do so! Why? Simply because we are His children, and He delights to do good to us.

Matthew 7:7-11

“Ask and it will be given to you; seek and you will find; knock and the door will be opened to you. For everyone who asks receives; the one who seeks finds; and to the one who knocks, the door will be opened.

“Which of you, if your son asks for bread, will give him a stone? 10 Or if he asks for a fish, will give him a snake? 11 If you, then, though you are evil, know how to give good gifts to your children, how much more will your Father in heaven give good gifts to those who ask him!
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Prayer Devotional, Mark 9:14-29

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Hello brothers and sisters,

The verses below deal with something all too common for struggling Christians. Something we all experience and do serious battle with. It is that age-old, pestering, irritating, never-seeming-to-surrender……… doubt. Yes, dear Christians, whether we admit it or not, we all struggle at times with a lack of faith. We doubt our Father, who gave to us His Only Begotten Son. We doubt the One who spoke the world into existence and upholds all things by the word of His power (Hebrews 1:3).

Unfortunately, this lack of faith manifests itself often when we pray. During the time we should have some of our most intimate fellowship with God, we doubt Him. Even though we read His Word describing His absolute perfection in all that He is and does, we still doubt Him. We doubt His character, His ability, and His wisdom. This is not acceptable for the Christian. This should grieve us to the core.

Although it is true that all of us struggle with doubt in the Christian life, we are never to be content with it. We need to fight it by asking God for greater faith and trust in Him, and by relying on His Spirit and His Word to confirm truth in our hearts. And as is common advice with many of these devotionals, we need to take our eyes off of us and our feeble abilities, and redirect our minds onto Jesus Christ.

Our circumstances and emotions matter to us too much when we are anxious. They can squash our trust in God if we dwell on them for too long. God doesn’t get anxious. Circumstances don’t phase Him. Remember, He is the One who tells the waves just how far they are allowed to go (Job 38:11). He made the sun stand still for a full day (Joshua 10:13). Oh, and there’s this too…………He conquered death by rising from the grave!!

Now, let’s make sure we are balanced here. We don’t want to go to extremes with over-emphasizing the quality of our faith. Otherwise, we’ll get depressed and feel too ashamed to even pray. In fact, that is the whole point of the prayer in this passage- that we don’t always have it together, and we shouldn’t be surprised at that. We sometimes fear that our prayers will be too weak and lacking too much faith for God to really answer us. And this could lead us to not even pray at all. But this should not be! Whatever the condition of your faith, pray! In fact, if your faith is feeling extra weak, that is all the more reason to pray. So don’t get overly introspective about it. That is not healthy. Recognize it for what it is, and get on your knees.

We have a wonderful example below that proves God answers prayer not according to the largeness of our faith, but because of His great power, mercy, and compassion. It only takes faith the size of a mustard seed to move the hand of God. The father of the demon-possessed boy in the following passage is proof of this. His faith was very small.  But he was not content with that, was he? He knew that, although his faith was weak, His God is infinitely loving and powerful! This should make us resolute in our prayer lives. All glory to God!

Mark 9:14-29

14 And when they came to the disciples, they saw a great crowd around them, and scribes arguing with them. 15 And immediately all the crowd, when they saw him, were greatly amazed and ran up to him and greeted him. 16 And he asked them, “What are you arguing about with them?” 17 And someone from the crowd answered him, “Teacher, I brought my son to you, for he has a spirit that makes him mute. 18 And whenever it seizes him, it throws him down, and he foams and grinds his teeth and becomes rigid. So I asked your disciples to cast it out, and they were not able.” 19 And he answered them, “O faithless generation, how long am I to be with you? How long am I to bear with you? Bring him to me.” 20 And they brought the boy to him. And when the spirit saw him, immediately it convulsed the boy, and he fell on the ground and rolled about, foaming at the mouth. 21 And Jesus asked his father, “How long has this been happening to him?” And he said, “From childhood. 22 And it has often cast him into fire and into water, to destroy him. But if you can do anything, have compassion on us and help us.” 23 And Jesus said to him, “‘If you can’! All things are possible for one who believes.” 24 Immediately the father of the child cried out and said, “I believe; help my unbelief!” 25 And when Jesus saw that a crowd came running together, he rebuked the unclean spirit, saying to it, “You mute and deaf spirit, I command you, come out of him and never enter him again.” 26 And after crying out and convulsing him terribly, it came out, and the boy was like a corpse, so that most of them said, “He is dead.” 27 But Jesus took him by the hand and lifted him up, and he arose.28 And when he had entered the house, his disciples asked him privately, “Why could we not cast it out?”29 And he said to them, “This kind cannot be driven out by anything but prayer.”

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Prayer Devotional, 2 Corinthians 1:1-11

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Dear brothers and sisters,

We will be in 2 Corinthians looking at how God works mightily through our prayers, especially during times of suffering. There is a strong temptation for us to ignore prayer during times of extreme trials and difficulties. We get so stressed out and weary, and then we foolishly decide that we don’t want to expend any energy to pray. We doubt God’s love, care, and provision for us. But this is unwise. In fact, it is outright spiritually dangerous. To neglect prayer at such crucial times would be tragic. It displays a lack of trust in our good and holy Father, who sent His Son to die for us. So…..how do we get out of such a spiritual rut?

We get our eyes off of us and onto Him! We approach the throne. We pray. Even if we don’t feel like it. We still pray. And we ask others to pray with, and for, us. This is where the body of Christ comes in and helps us. In the passage below, we see the importance of corporate prayer in how God delivers Paul from his perilous circumstances. Paul earnestly desired the prayers of the saints in Corinth, because he knew that God works powerfully through prayer.

Paul, like anyone else in his situation, wanted to be rescued. But it wasn’t just for the sake of being rescued. Look at verse 11. It was so that God would receive thanks. When he appeals to the Corinthians for prayer, Paul wasn’t just thinking of his own comfort and well-being. He wants the compassion and power of God to be acknowledged and magnified. He wants God to receive the thanks and praise He is due, both for past and future deliverance. Notice how Paul expects God to act on his behalf at the end of verse 10.

As God answers our own corporate prayers, we ought to be people who express praise and thanksgiving for his many mercies. Like Paul, we need to be grateful for God’s deliverance from difficult circumstances (if He so chooses). But we must also be zealous for our church families to remember God……. first and foremost! Notice how Paul sees purpose both in His suffering and in God’s deliverance. We need to have the same Biblical mindset.

Matthew Henry says this about verse 11: “Past experiences encourage faith and hope, and lay us under obligation to trust in God for time to come. And it is our duty, not only to help one another with prayer, but in praise and thanksgiving, and thereby to make suitable returns for benefits received. Thus both trials and mercies will end in good to ourselves and others.”

                                              2 Corinthians 1:1-11

Paul, an apostle of Christ Jesus by the will of God, and Timothy our brother,

To the church of God that is at Corinth, with all the saints who are in the whole of Achaia:

Grace to you and peace from God our Father and the Lord Jesus Christ.

Blessed be the God and Father of our Lord Jesus Christ, the Father of mercies and God of all comfort,who comforts us in all our affliction, so that we may be able to comfort those who are in any affliction, with the comfort with which we ourselves are comforted by God. For as we share abundantly in Christ’s sufferings, so through Christ we share abundantly in comfort too. If we are afflicted, it is for your comfort and salvation; and if we are comforted, it is for your comfort, which you experience when you patiently endure the same sufferings that we suffer. Our hope for you is unshaken, for we know that as you share in our sufferings, you will also share in our comfort. For we do not want you to be unaware, brothers, of the affliction we experienced in Asia. For we were so utterly burdened beyond our strength that we despaired of life itself. Indeed, we felt that we had received the sentence of death. But that was to make us rely not on ourselves but on God who raises the dead. 10 He delivered us from such a deadly peril, and he will deliver us. On him we have set our hope that he will deliver us again. 11 You also must help us by prayer, so that many will give thanks on our behalf for the blessing granted us through the prayers of many.

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Prayer Devotional, Luke 22:39-46

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Hello brothers and sisters,

We will be reading through a very powerful and instructive passage, the one describing the agony of Christ in the Garden of Gethsemane. In it, we have our perfect example of the way we ought to pray at all times and circumstances. Jesus, who was so distressed in the garden that his sweat became like drops of blood (Luke 22:44), was about to face the most painful, and shameful, death imaginable. He was about to be crucified by cruel, merciless Roman Soldiers. Men who were specifically trained to make the condemned suffer the most horrific pain imaginable, as an attempt to squash others from rebellion against the empire. The irony being, of course, that the soldiers crucified an innocent man on this particular day. One who was not in rebellion against the Roman empire. In fact, One who had never rebelled at all, in any way, period. For His entire life!

But it isn’t just the physical torture of crucifixion that Jesus had to deal with, which would be enough to make anyone recoil in terror. And it wasn’t just the physical beatings, the mocking, the spitting, the mock trial, the crown of thorns, and the many false accusations. Don’t get me wrong. These things are all wicked crimes against the Son of Man. But far worst than all of the physical and emotional suffering from the hands of evil men, was the spiritual pain that Christ would endure. Jesus, the Holy One of God, is about to have the sin of the world laid upon Him on the cross. In addition, He knows that He must drink the “cup” of God’s wrath to accomplish this work. This “cup” was what prompted Him to cry out, “My God, My God, Why have You forsaken Me?” (Matthew 27:46)  Should we even have to ask why He desired for this cup to pass?

But ultimately, the Father would not let this cup pass. He could not. For this was the reason Jesus came to earth, to glorify God in accomplishing redemption for His people on the cross. He came to do the will of the Father. And that desire, to do God’s will, is never shown more clearly than in this prayer. Despite the physical and spiritual agony He knew was coming, Jesus, “for the joy that was set before him endured the cross.” (Hebrews 12:2) Also, Christ reminds us here how important prayer is in fighting temptation. If the 2nd Person of the Trinity (who had no sin nature) prayed in such a desperate way, then how much more should we be agonizing in prayer over our struggles and temptations?

Remember, God answered the prayer of Jesus! Don’t let anyone ever tell you He didn’t. The Father always hears the Son. For Jesus prayed, “Not My will, but Thy will.” That prayer was answered in a big way. Jesus was a different man as He exited the garden.

The first Adam once failed miserably inside of a lush, beautiful garden. He decided that his own will was more important than God’s. But thanks be to God for the second Adam! He was also once tempted inside of a lush, beautiful garden. Severely tempted. But unlike the first Adam, Jesus never once failed to do God’s will! He passed every test with flying colors.

LUKE 22:39-46

39 And he came out and went, as was his custom, to the Mount of Olives, and the disciples followed him.40 And when he came to the place, he said to them, “Pray that you may not enter into temptation.” 41 And he withdrew from them about a stone’s throw, and knelt down and prayed, 42 saying, “Father, if you are willing, remove this cup from me. Nevertheless, not my will, but yours, be done.” 43 And there appeared to him an angel from heaven, strengthening him. 44 And being in agony he prayed more earnestly; and his sweat became like great drops of blood falling down to the ground. 45 And when he rose from prayer, he came to the disciples and found them sleeping for sorrow, 46 and he said to them, “Why are you sleeping? Rise and pray that you may not enter into temptation.”

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When a Tiny Heart Stops Beating

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When a tiny heart stops beating, one of the darkest of all days,
An unborn baby’s life has ended, in the most violent of all ways.
So tragic that it happens almost daily, in every part of the globe,
Yet no cries for injustice, no investigations, not one single probe.

How despicable our nation has become, people have lost all shame,
Tiny hearts are being stopped! Legally! Ask yourself…who is to blame?
This should make us all recoil in horror, yet the wicked give it praise,
Like New York, who boast so proudly, under God’s all-knowing gaze.

Women are told to “shout” their abortion, then are treated like a hero,
As if babies have no intrinsic value, like their worth is less than zero.
Wake up America! Stop the slaughter! Stop defending that which is evil,
Repent and turn to Jesus, otherwise your day of judgment will be lethal.

But if you refuse to repent for being pro-choice, God’s wrath will be kindled,
You will not escape the eternal fire, for God can never be bribed or swindled.
So I urge you, make your peace with God today! Look to the cross of Jesus Christ, while you still have the chance,
And as for you, dear Christian, the gospel is the answer! Go and proclaim the Word, and watch His Kingdom advance!

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Let’s Rescue the Little Ones!

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Let us hasten to rescue, to save our precious little ones,
To rescue them from death, all the daughters and sons,
Though innocent as doves, they are sacrificed to the gods,
The gods of Planned Parenthood, yet our nation applauds.

How can our people condone this? How can we be so cruel?
Who could approve of such wickedness? Only a moral fool!
Let’s rescue the unborn; they did nothing to deserve this,
How can we be so unfeeling? Indeed, how can we be so remiss?

What has happened to our culture, when it chooses to slaughter,
The most vulnerable and helpless of all, tiny sons and daughters,
God has given this nation over to its sin, but will He have mercy?
America is now under judgement; we are a people so unworthy.

So what can we do? By God’s grace, I say we go and rescue the unborn,
God will hold us accountable for our silence, yes, we have been warned,
He has commanded us to speak up, especially for those who cannot speak,
So be a man and preach against abortion. Now isn’t the time to be weak!

But we can all do something for the unborn, those who cannot help themselves,
Babies murdered by the millions, numbers that could fill entire bookshelves.

We need to step up, for God has equipped us! Let us be fearless; there are countless ways to love our neighbor,

What can you do?

I say, support Crisis Pregnancy Centers, adopt babies, preach the gospel at the mill; just get out there and labor!

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This King’s Precious Love

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The love of this King defies human understanding,
A love that can capture the most rebellious heart,
A precious love that is holy, unstained, and undefiled,
A perfect love to clean us up, and give us a new start.

Love that is beyond measure; how can we resist it?
None can compare, for His love is true and faithful,
A love found only in Jesus; none else can give this love,
It is far greater than the love Jacob had for dear Rachel.

Love not to be trifled with, love that must be treasured,
Jesus gave His body and spilled His blood, all for our sin,
Place your faith in this King; do not reject His infinite love,
A love that died for guilty sinners, who are defiled within.

What could make this King love so freely, and give so much?
Nothing about us, but because of Him. He is love- from eternity past,
His love has no beginning and has no end, it cannot be contained,
Christian, rejoice! This King loves you! Why are you so downcast?

And for those of you who don’t love this King, I urge you to repent,
For this King suffered unspeakably; He was slandered and harassed,
His love brought Him to a Roman cross, where He laid down His life,
Do not reject this King’s love, for you will see Him at the final trumpet blast!

For those of you who worship this King, His love for you will never end,
We will bask in His love forevermore, on the New Heaven and New Earth,
Forever gazing on the glorious face of Jesus, while in wonder of His love,
Praising Him with all the angels and saints, relishing His surpassing worth.

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Shout It From the Rooftops

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Go ahead! Shout this glorious gospel, shout it from the rooftops,
The only message to bring us peace with God, shout it out loud!
This is peace that we do not deserve, but peace that God gives us,
Shout it to all peoples everywhere, one by one, even into a crowd.

Shout the glorious Name of Jesus, whose Word is sharper than a knife,
The One who gave His life for us, dying a bloody death upon the cross,
Let all the people know that Christ is the Way, the Truth, and the Life,
The One who forgives and sanctifies us; He consumes all of our dross.

Shout the precious Name of our Lord and Redeemer, He who lives forever,
Who has commissioned us to share His gospel, to speak the truth in love,
Shout the message of the cross, boldly and proudly, whenever and wherever,
For this is not a message of human origin, the gospel comes from God above.

Let us preach with joy! Let’s not be shy, let’s not be disobedient, let’s not be selfish,
And let’s not be cowards, God is with us; The gospel has power! Let the Word thunder!
Ask Him to make us fearless ambassadors; Let that be our prayer, our godly wish,
That we, the bride of Christ, would speak with joy and conviction, all of God’s wonders!

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Prayer Devotional, 1 Thessalonians 5:12-28

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In today’s devotional passage, Paul is giving some final, and very fruitful, instructions to the church at Thessalonica. We see the importance of prayer going right alongside with being joyful and always giving thanks. Prayer is one of the means that God gives us to fuel the fires of joy and thanksgiving. When we are losing our joy and/or contentment, we should always pray. When we find ourselves not giving thanks in all things, we need to pray. When our growth in sanctification seems to be going in the wrong direction, we need to pray. Paul addresses every one of these concerns in this passage.

Joy and thankfulness in the Lord play such a large part in our sanctification. Our contentment and happiness in Christ is directly related to how we live for Him. And without prayer, we can’t expect our joy and contentment to increase. In fact, the opposite is true. Have you ever noticed that, just as your prayer life goes, so goes your thankfulness and joy in Christ. So let us pray, and ask God for the help we desperately need. Not to have everything in our life as we want it, but that He would increase our joy in Him alone. That way, we will be more prepared when God removes something very dear from us. And He will do that as often as He sees fit, in order to sanctify us.

We can have confidence that God will always answer this kind of prayer. Why? Because more than anything else, God desires our sanctification. He desires for us to be more like His Son, Jesus Christ. Verse 24 gives us the motivation. God is faithful! We can be confident that God will answer our prayers because, unlike us, He is always faithful. God is not against us having joy and contentment. In fact, He is our Father and wants the best for us. And the best thing for us is to delight in Him. God is certainly ok with us delighting in things He gives us, but we should never delight in the gifts more than the Giver.

The passage tells us that when we do this, we are doing God’s will. And since we often are prone to drift away from spiritual things, God’s will for us is to continually pray that we grow in our love for Christ. To pray continually means that we ought to always be mindful of our need for Christ and His grace, to be in a posture of complete dependence on Him, and then commune with Him in prayer. And there is a corporate nature to this instruction. Paul is giving this instruction not only to individuals, but to the local church. God’s desire is that we come together consistently to pray with, and for, one another. Now let’s get to it. (-:

God bless you all,  Jamie


1 Thessalonians 5:12-28

12 Now we ask you, brothers and sisters, to acknowledge those who work hard among you, who care for you in the Lord and who admonish you. 13 Hold them in the highest regard in love because of their work. Live in peace with each other. 14 And we urge you, brothers and sisters, warn those who are idle and disruptive, encourage the disheartened, help the weak, be patient with everyone. 15 Make sure that nobody pays back wrong for wrong, but always strive to do what is good for each other and for everyone else.
16 Rejoice always, 17 pray continually,18 give thanks in all circumstances; for this is God’s will for you in Christ Jesus.
19 Do not quench the Spirit. 20 Do not treat prophecies with contempt 21 but test them all; hold on to what is good, 22 reject every kind of evil.
23 May God himself, the God of peace, sanctify you through and through. May your whole spirit, soul and body be kept blameless at the coming of our Lord Jesus Christ. 24 The one who calls you is faithful, and he will do it.
25 Brothers and sisters, pray for us. 26 Greet all God’s people with a holy kiss. 27 I charge you before the Lord to have this letter read to all the brothers and sisters.
28 The grace of our Lord Jesus Christ be with you.
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