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“Having predestinated us unto the adoption of children by Jesus Christ to himself, according to the good pleasure of his will, to the praise of the glory of his grace, wherein he hath made us accepted in the beloved. In whom we have redemption through his blood, the forgiveness of sins, according to the riches of his grace; wherein he hath abounded toward us in all wisdom and prudence …” Ephesians 1:5-8

Believers take comfort in the fact they have been graciously predestined to be God’s children through faith in Jesus Christ, who died for our sins and rose again that all who trust in Him might be made acceptable in God’s sight and have forgiveness of sins in accord with the riches of God’s grace offered and given them through the preaching of the Gospel.

We thank You, dear Father, for choosing us to be Your own children and bringing us to trust in Christ Jesus and His sacrifice for our sins through the preaching of the Gospel. Amen.

[Scripture is quoted from the King James Bible.]

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Blessed be the God and Father of our Lord Jesus Christ, who hath blessed us with all spiritual blessings in heavenly places in Christ: according as he hath chosen us in him before the foundation of the world, that we should be holy and without blame before him in love. Ephesians 1:3-4

As believers, we bless and praise God the Father for all the blessings He has showered upon us as believers in the Lord Jesus Christ. These blessings are in accord with God’s choosing us to be His own through faith in Christ before the creation of the world, that we should be holy and blameless in His sight through faith in Christ Jesus and His atoning sacrifice on the cross.

We praise You, dear heavenly Father, for graciously choosing us to be Your own through faith in Christ Jesus, Your Son and our Savior. Amen

[Scripture is quoted from the King James Version of the Bible.]

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Let, I pray thee, thy merciful kindness be for my comfort, according to thy word unto thy servant. Let thy tender mercies come unto me, that I may live: for thy law is my delight. Psalm 119:76-77

Though the demands of God’s law condemn us for our many shortcomings, God promises mercy and forgiveness to those who look to Him in faith, trusting in the atoning sacrifice of Christ Jesus, God the Son made man. Though the law condemns us to eternal death and torment, God’s tender mercies in Christ comfort us and give us life eternal.

Comfort me, O God, with Your merciful kindness in Christ Jesus. Let Your tender mercies give me life through faith in my Savior. Amen.

[Scripture is quoted from the King James Version of the Bible.]

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I know, O LORD, that thy judgments are right, and that thou in faithfulness hast afflicted me. Psalm 119:75

As a child does not always understand why a parent corrects and disciplines, so we often do not understand why God corrects and afflicts us; but we trust that our loving heavenly Father afflicts us for our good — that we might look to Him and His Word, repent of our erring ways and trust in Christ Jesus, our Savior.

O gracious heavenly Father, afflict me as You see fit that I might hold fast to You and to Your Word and continue in the true and saving faith. In Jesus’ name, I pray. Amen.

[Scripture is quoted from the King James Version of the Bible.]

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Before I was afflicted I went astray: but now have I kept thy word. … It is good for me that I have been afflicted; that I might learn thy statutes. Psalm 119:67, 71

God often uses trouble and affliction in our lives for our good. When all seems to be going well in our lives, we so easily neglect God’s Word and go astray. But, when trouble and affliction come, we are driven back to God’s Word and consider its teaching. We repent of our sinful ways and look to God for mercy and forgiveness in Christ Jesus and for His direction in our lives.

Thank You, O merciful Father, for allowing affliction and trouble in my life that I might consider Your Word, repent of my erring ways and look to You for mercy and direction. Amen.

[Scripture is quoted from the King James Version of the Bible.]

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