FMC PRAYER: Lord, we lift up the men of FMC to You. May Your Spirit build and strengthen them as they walk out their faith this week. Draw them closer to You through the encouragement of Your Spirit and teach them what it means to be a fatherly figure as You are to us. May they love their wives sacrificially, the women in their lives respectfully, and instruct their children/co-workers with patience. Encourage them to hold each other accountable as they carry each other’s burdens; and may they speak the truth in love, even when it’s hard.

SUNDAY’S SCRIPTURE: Ephesians 6:10-13

FMC ENDSTATE: Throughout the Tri-State Region & Beyond…repentance and gratitude flow…Lord make us aware of our sinful and selfish behavior so that we might better understand the great mercy You have shown us through Your Son, Jesus Christ. Thank You that repentance and gratitude walk hand-in-hand. Thank You that the focus of Jesus’ mission was to call sinners to repentance: “I have not come to call the righteous, but sinners to repentance” (Luke 5:32). His call of absolute surrender goes out to all people: “But unless you repent, you too will all perish.” Thank You that as long as we have breath in our lungs, we have the choice to let repentance and gratitude flow.

INVISIBLE CHURCH: Lord, reveal to me the wonders of your Word. Father, as You spoke the world into existence, please continue to speak new life into Your children. Give us knowledge as we look to the glory of Your Son on display. Give us grace to receive Your Word and rejoice in it. And convict us of our sins so that we might hate it as much as You do! May the weak be strengthened, the strong be humbled, and the Church continually be built up!

STUDENTS: Lord, we pray for the students as they wrestle with the Truth of the gospel and the deceptive ways of this world. We ask for protection as they are constantly bombarded with social media – we pray that Your Truth would penetrate their hearts and steady their beliefs and resolve. Strengthen them as they fight the good fight of faith.

SCRIPTURE: 2 Timothy 4:3-5 “For the time is coming when people will not endure sound teaching, but having itching ears they will accumulate for themselves teachers to suit their own passions, and will turn away from listening to the truth and wander off into myths. As for you, always be sober-minded, endure suffering, do the work of an evangelist, fulfill your ministry.”

CARE: Lord, we know that through Your Word we are to pray for all people (1 Timothy 2:1). We are to pray for government leaders (1 Timothy 2:2). We are to pray for the unsaved (1 Timothy 2:4). We are to pray for fellow Christians (Ephesians 6:18). We are to pray for ministers of the gospel (Ephesians 6:19–20). We are to pray for the persecuted church (Hebrews 13:3).

When Jesus prayed for others, He prayed for their faith (Luke 22:32), He prayed against temptation in their lives (Luke 22:40), He prayed for their unity (John 17:11), and He prayed for their sanctification (John 17:17).

Paul prayed for the salvation of the lost (Romans 10:1); he prayed that the brothers would stay on the right path (2 Corinthians 13:7); he prayed that believers would be strengthened by the Spirit, rooted and grounded in love, able to comprehend God’s love, and filled with the fullness of God (Ephesians 3:14–19).

Praying for others gets our focus off of ourselves and onto the needs of those around us. May this help guide you in your prayers this week.