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8/19/13 Weekly Grace Notes: A Back to School & Work Prayer

This week, as many of you return to the classroom and to your offices after enjoying a bit of rest over the summer, I pray the following for you and your loved ones.

May you daily meditate on God’s Word so that the stresses and worries of the world will fail to distract, discourage, or disable you.

May you choose to serve God in excellence in all that you do—both big and small; both the exciting and the mundane.

May God protect you from danger and peril as you travel the highways, walk the parking lots, move through the hallways, study and teach in the classrooms, work in your offices, and socialize in public places.

May God give you peace while you travel to and fro, and safeguard your home, your resources, and every asset that He has given you stewardship over from theft and destruction.

May God keep a watchful eye over those you love and let no hurt, harm, or injury befall them. May He surround your children with authorities who will encourage and inspire them, friends who will support and better them, and an environment that will challenge and strengthen them intellectually, emotionally, and physically.    

May God surround you with authorities who will encourage and inspire you, friends who will support and better you, and an environment that will challenge and strengthen you intellectually, emotionally, and physically.

May God govern your words and direct your walk as you interact with your peers and teachers; your teammates and coaches; your advisors and mentors; your colleagues and bosses.

May God be the center of all of your relationships— both professional and personal. May God’s light shine so brightly within you that those around you are warmed by your presence and can’t help but desire to bless you.

May the applause of God motivate you to be a better student, a better colleague, a better citizen, a better friend, a better spouse, a better parent, and a better child.

May you seek to regularly experience the blessing of giving-- the giving of your time, your effort, and your resources to those who are in need, as well as the institutions and organizations that serve those who are in need.

May you seek to represent God well in mind, body, and spirit.  

I ask these things in the precious and powerful name of Jesus Christ, Our Saviour, and according to Your Will. Amen.

Scripture meditation: This is the confidence we have in approaching God: that if we ask anything according to His will, He hears us. And if we know that He hears us—whatever we ask—we know that we have what we asked of Him. (New International Version) 1 John 5:14-15

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