“But we have this treasure in earthen vessels, that the surpassing greatness of the power may be of God and not from ourselves.” 2 Cor. 4:7, NASB

Almighty God, Loving Father–the One who works wonders,

You are Light and Truth … Love. Not only did You create the world by simply speaking, You’ve “shone in our hearts to give the light of the knowledge of the glory of God in the face of Christ” (2 Cor. 5:6). Displaying Your mercy and grace, You considered us with compassion and revealed Yourself to us through Your Son. You’ve given us hearts to know You. You’ve made us Your people. You are our God (see Jer. 24:7).

As I look around, I’m disturbed by the growing darkness this world flaunts. I’m humbled, knowing I’m unaware of its extent and somewhat apathetic toward its effect. Help me shine brightly. 

I think of my children. Oh God, please protect them from sly deceptions and evil influences. Please give them an abounding hunger for Your Word and ground them in Your truth. I also consider those who don’t know Christ. Help me share truth.

And Father, nothing matters without love. I long for this quality to increase in me–to see others through Your eyes and treat others with Your heart. Help me love.

Here I am. Use me “for such a time as this” (Est. 4:14).

In Jesus’ magnificent name, Amen.

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8 thoughts on “Prayer Partners: Use Me

  1. This is great, Emily – thank you. The part about our kids and the evil around us really resonated with me. While I was checking on my kids one night this week (while they were sleeping), I was praying the “be their shepherd and carry them forever” verse when, all of a sudden, the verse “no weapon forged against you will prevail” came to mind (Holy Spirit…). I began to pray that “no weapon forged against” my girls will prevail – and I know there will be many. Keep shining your light; you bless us!!

      1. Dear Jeanne,

        Sometimes the darkness just seems like it’s everywhere. But I’m reminded of John 1:5, which says darkness did not overpower the light. That is such comfort.

        In Christ’s Love,
        Emily

    1. Dear Joy,

      You’re welcome … and thank you! To God be the glory :). I appreciate your thoughts so much, and I love that verse in Isaiah. I just came across it myself recently in one of my daily readings – such a beautiful promise. God is so wonderful to us. Blessings to you and your family. I love seeing pics of your darling girls.

      In Christ’s Love,
      Emily

    1. Oh, I’m thankful this prayer resonated with you, dear Jenny. I know the Lord is pleased with your faithfulness in prayer. To God be the glory!

      In Christ’s Love,
      Emily

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