My Lord, now I come on my knees to be in Your presence while laying open my heart before You. In the midst of a hostile, ungodly environment, You are the light of my salvation. Remind me that I need not be afraid that something unusual is happening to me. Many a saint has gone before me through various trials and temptations until the road narrowed so much that the only way forward was to remain balanced in holiness. Truly, the enemy is ever prowling around my heart and soul in an attempt to condemn me with my inconsistencies, throwing me off balance until I fall. Help me live to the expectations of authentic faith which will glorify Your beautiful Name. In Your strength I will strive to give no occasion for stumbling and no reason for blame. I implore You by the power of Your Spirit to make me useful for Kingdom impact as well as consistent in my actions for Your glory. Truly there is no greater honor than to serve You in the heat of battle, fighting the hottest fire even if I am weary of the sin that rises against me around each corner. Jesus, raise up Your people to stand fast in the faith given them. Under the beauty of the Word in 1 Peter 4:12-13 and the authority of Christ, I pray.
Beloved, do not be surprised at the fiery trial when it comes upon you to test you, as though something strange were happening to you. But rejoice insofar as you share Christ’s sufferings, that you may also rejoice and be glad when His glory is revealed.
1 Peter 4:12-13, ESV