Father, You are my everything. May I yearn so for You to be my all-in-all, that I will “seek first Your Kingdom, knowing that as I do that, all my needs will be provided for” (Matt.6:33), for You are ALL I need, & ALL I want.

I give You the glory for all things, great and small. I thank You, Holy Father, for how You care for me each day (extrapolation from Matt.6:9, and Eph.3:14,15).

These are trying times & difficult days to focus as we should. I pray, Father, that Your Holy Spirit would guide & direct Your people to re-centre themselves in their focus on spiritual matters/on YOU, instead of being consumed by the COVID situation generating  fear among Your people, almost as much as for the rest of the world. 

Give me Your Heart, Jesus/Yeshua, that I may be able to focus as I should, and that includes attending to the matter of forgiving others. Holy Spirit, bring to mind all those who have been offensive, unjust, or hurtful to me and convict me to choose to forgive each one that has hurt me (list specifics, where applicable). I surrender each one to You; and I empty myself of all bitterness, resentment, anger, and desires for vengeance. I surrender each hurt to You, and ask for Your HEALING. And I ask Your forgiveness where I have erred, overlooked Your guidance, or mistreated someone else. Please convict me of those oversights of which I am unaware (Matt.6:12,14,15)

Give me strength to overcome all temptations, and that includes temptations to get caught up in all the fear mongering, rhetoric, propaganda, brainwashing of conspiracy theories, etc., in the present pandemic situation, (Matt.6:13) and “strengthen me with might through You Spirit in my inner man”and enable me to focus on YOU in the midst of all this obsession with COVID (Eph.3:16), that I may grow in my faith, in my understanding and knowledge of Your Word, of You. Make me to grow spiritually daily; show me how to walk in the Spirit daily, in spite of what is going on all around me. Create new life within me. MAKE me to want MORE of YOU each day. I want You to dwell in my heart through faith, that I may become rooted and grounded in Your love (Eph.3:17).

Make me to “become so rooted and grounded in Your love, that I will be able to comprehend the width and length and depth and height, and know Your love which passes knowledge” (Eph.3:17-19). Fill me now, with all the fullness of You. Strengthen me, yet again, by Your Holy Spirit, that I may be able to receive Your love; that my understanding will grow and mature, so I am able to comprehend the width and length and depth and height— the vast greatness of Your infinite love, (Eph.3:18), knowing “the love of Christ which passes knowledge; that I may be filled with all the fullness of You” (Eph.3:19). Through such focus, I will know Your Presence still more fully, experiencing complete assurance of Your constant protective Presence.

Make me so hungry for You that I will want to “seek first the Kingdom of God, for I know everything I need will be provided as I do that” (Matt.6:33). Let “Your kingdom come, and Your will be done on this earth as it is in heaven, for Yours is the kingdom and the power and the glory forever” (Matt.6:10,13). In Your Holy, and Precious Name. Amen.

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