Years ago I began expanding my own concluding benediction remarks. The process has been enjoyable and thought-provoking for me.
“We are troubled on every side, yet not distressed;
we are perplexed, but not in despair;
persecuted but not forsaken;
cast down, but not destroyed.”
Tell him what’s happening and then keep your eyes and your heart open, waiting to see how he’ll sustain you.
Pray without ceasing.
Who wants to be corrected by God when He’s angry? Not Jeremiah and not me, either. No way.
Paul was a prisoner in Rome when he wrote to the Colossians. Despite his own challenging circumstances, he thought about the Colossians and prayed for them.
Sometimes our prayers are answered immediately. Sometimes they are answered over a period of time.
What did the early Christians pray for when Saul of Tarsus was persecuting them? Did they pray that something wonderful would happen to him?