Editor’s note: This week’s free devotion includes a prayer/meditation written by faithful pastor Walter E. Schuette who has since gone to be with the Lord. We pray that his witness will encourage you for your own life of witness!
As you begin, read 1 Corinthians 9:24–27.
Lord Jesus, you fought the kingdom of darkness and won, yet the battle still rages. Though victory belongs to you, many “mop-up” operations remain. We find ourselves enveloped in that combat, honored to be counted among your soldiers. You have filled our hearts with peace, but Satan still stalks the earth, intending to steal our peace. Where he roams, harmony dissolves.
So many on earth naively believe peace on earth lies just around the corner. This treaty or that new medical technology will solve all human turmoil in the next few months or years. Yet we know errors and violence, sin and turmoil, will plague our planet until your return.
Teach us to respond with godly lives and hard work. Keep us ever watchful, eager for your coming. Help us control our bodies and discipline our souls as we look forward to the crown of righteousness you have prepared for us by your grace.
We ask these things, relying on your love to hear us. Amen.
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