Lord Christ, I pray in your name that ______________________ and I will be moved by your Spirit to be strong in our faith. May we be strong and learn to bear with the failings of the weak instead of just living to please ourselves. I pray that we will seek to please our neighbors for their good and to build them up. May we remember that you did not please yourself but endured unjust insults for our sake. I pray that the Old Testament Scriptures will come alive to us, and that we will see that everything that was written in the past was written to teach us today. I pray that as we reflect on your word we will receive endurance, encouragement, and hope. I ask that you will not only give us endurance and encouragement but also create a spirit of unity among us as we follow you, so that we may glorify your God and Father with one heart and one mouth. I pray that we will accept others, just as you have accepted us, and that in this way we may bring praise to you. Remind us that you became a servant to the Jews who rejected you on behalf of your truth, to confirm the promises of your Father. So cause us to become servants to others on behalf of your truth, even to those who may reject us. I pray that we will glorify you for your mercy to us, and that we will praise you and sing hymns to your name as the Scriptures instruct us to do. May we rejoice and sing praises to you, and place our hope in you as the one who will arise to rule over the nations. Father, I pray that you, as the God of hope, will fill us with all joy and peace as we trust in you, so that we may overflow with hope by the power of the Holy Spirit. Amen.