So we press eagerly towards the goal
in order to win the prize,
the call that comes from God
to life with Christ in glory.
New Testament Reading - Paul’s Charge to Timothy
14But you must keep on believing the things you have been taught. You know they are true, for you know that you can trust those of us who have taught you. 15You know how, when you were a small child, you were taught the holy Scriptures; and it is these that make you wise to accept God’s salvation by trusting in Christ Jesus. 16The whole Biblea was given to us by inspiration from God and is useful to teach us what is true and to make us realize what is wrong in our lives; it straightens us out and helps us do what is right. 17It is God’s way of making us well prepared at every point, fully equipped to do good to everyone.
4 1And so I solemnly urge you before God and before Christ Jesus — who will someday judge the living and the dead when he appears to set up his Kingdom — 2to preach the Word of God urgently at all times, whenever you get the chance, in season and out, when it is convenient and when it is not. Correct and rebuke your people when they need it, encourage them to do right, and all the time be feeding them patiently with God’s Word.
3For there is going to come a time when people won’t listen to the truth but will go around looking for teachers who will tell them just what they want to hear. 4They won’t listen to what the Bible says but will blithely follow their own misguided ideas.
5Stand steady, and don’t be afraid of suffering for the Lord. Bring others to Christ. Leave nothing undone that you ought to do.. . . . . 2 Timothy 3:14 – 4:5
Pray for 5 people on your heart ending with the prayer below.
We pray for… those in need:
those who suffer;
the lonely; the unloved;
those who grieve; and those who care for them…
Comfort and heal, merciful Lord,
all who are in sorrow, need, sickness, or any other trouble.
Give them a firm trust in your goodness;
help those who minister to them;
and bring us all into the joy of your salvation.
Father, hear our prayer,
through Jesus Christ our Lord.