Afternoon

Father, bless us … diminish us… increase yourself…in us… in all you give us to do… keep us from harm and from the evil one… give us understanding hearts, wisdom and knowledge to love your people….and not cause others pain!”

Jesus prayed:   “Father, I do not ask you to take Philip out of the world, but to keep him from the evil one. He is not of the world… even as I am not of the world. Set him apart in me… for I am the Truth. As You sent me into the world… I send him… therefore… the Spirit of the Lord God is upon him as he is upon me… because the Lord has anointed him… to bring good news to the afflicted… he has sent him to bind up the brokenhearted… to proclaim liberty to captives…. and freedom to prisoners…. to proclaim the favorable year of the Lord…. the day of vengeance of our God… and to comfort all who mourn….  for this very same reason… I also have sent… Philip into the world. And for his sake I set Myself apart…. that he also may be set apart… in me.”

Father in heaven… thank you that I can call you Father… you have adopted me into your family… no longer a slave …but a son…. Holy is your name…. I pray that your kingdom comes…. I pray that your will is done… right here on earth…. just like it is in heaven…   Father, I also ask you for our daily bread…. thank you for that…. thank you for your constant provision…  It has been more than we could ask or think…. and forgive me my sins, Father…. as I forgive those who sin against me… do not lead me into any temptation…. but deliver me from that evil one….. he has no power… it is no longer his kingdom, Father… It is your Kingdom… your authority…. your power….. we want you to receive all the glory, Father.

Finally, brethren, whatever is true, whatever is honorable, whatever is right, whatever is pure, whatever is lovely, whatever is of real value… if there is any excellence and if anything worthy of praise, let your mind dwell on these things.

I believe with all my heart that this is a description of you Jesus. I make the choice once again today to let my mind dwell on YOU!

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