2 Timothy 4:7-8
I have fought the good fight; I have finished the race; I have kept the faith. From now on, there is reserved for me the crown of righteousness. The Lord, the righteous Judge, will give it to me on that day, and not only to me but also to everyone who loved his appearing.
Dear Heavenly Father,
This life is a constant battle to maintain our faith and to fight against the sins that want to divide us from you permanently. We pray you would forgive us all our sins, not because we have done anything which deserves your forgiveness, but we pray according to your love and mercy. For Jesus’ sake, forgive us. You demonstrated your grace and mercy for us when you sent your Son to suffer and to pay the penalty for all our sins. Jesus suffered that punishment on Calvary’s cross; please forgive us. We fight the good fight according to your love and mercy and with your Spirit. Faith, your Holy Spirit, instills in us. Like Jesus in the wilderness, as he fought the devil with your word, we seek out your word to fight our fight. We pray that the Holy Spirit will strengthen our faith by your word and that we might keep your commandments out of love for what Jesus has done for us. Please forgive us when we fail at keeping your commandments. This battle will continue to rage within and around us until our last day, when we receive our crown of righteousness. Please give us the strength to fight with all our might so we look forward to that judgment day with great anticipation and sure hope that only comes through you. We pray that you would send us out to those who are losing the battle and are doomed to destruction so that we might share the good news of how Jesus defeated sin, death, and Satan, letting them know they have a crown of righteousness in heaven. Amen.
Written through Pastor Roger Emmons
Step into today knowing about the battle that is raging. The enemy is the devil, the world, and your sinful flesh wants to separate you from God’s love. However, Jesus has already defeated them, so hold onto and trust in Jesus. He has granted you the forgiveness of all your sins.