Lord Jesus, I pray this day for myself and for ______________________, that the things that happen to us will serve to advance the gospel. May it become clear to everyone in our sphere of influence that we belong to you. Because of our example, I pray that many believers around us will be encouraged to speak the word of God more courageously and fearlessly. Keep us from being too disturbed when we see men preaching your word from impure motives, whether out of envy or rivalry or competitiveness. May we rejoice over those who preach Christ out of love and good will and in sincerity, and may we choose to rejoice that in every way, whether in pretense or in truth, you are being proclaimed. I pray that through our prayers for each other and the help given by your Spirit even the difficult things that have happened to us will turn out for our deliverance. Stir in us an eager hope and expectation that we will not in any way be ashamed, but will have sufficient courage so that today, as always, you may be exalted and honored in our bodies, whether by life or by death. Father, may it increasingly be true for us that to live is Christ and to die is gain. I pray that you will arouse in us a growing desire to depart and to be with Christ. But grant us the awareness that if you keep us here it is because you have fruitful labor for us to do in touching the lives of others. As long as we go on living in our bodies, I pray that others will experience joy and progress in the faith through their relationship with us. May our joy be centered in you and in our relationships with our brothers and sisters. I pray that we will overflow with joy and hope by the power of the Holy Spirit. This I ask in the name of Jesus, amen.