Unexpected Encouragement

I'm unpacking boxes in the quiet of my living room today and came across a note I gave to Jon almost 10 years ago. The Lord knew I needed to come across this letter today. Thankful for God's love and care for us, for his personal involvement in our lives that cause him to show up in unexpected and encouraging ways.

February 14, 2004
Dear Heavenly Father,
Each day, since the day you brought Jon to me in this way, I have not stopped praying for him, and will continue to. I ask Lord God, that you fill him with the knowledge of your will. Not merely the possession of facts, but rather, the Biblical knowledge and wisdom that will spur him on to godly living. Give him spiritual wisdom and a deep understanding of the plans that you have for him. Remind him daily that nothing is greater than serving you and being exactly where you want him to be.

Please provide him with the wisdom to know your will and to make decisions accordingly. I pray these things Lord, in order that Jon may live a life worthy of You, and that he may please you in every way. Help him to see that his obedience pleases you. Use your Holy Spirit to bring your strength into his life so that he may have endurance; endurance to bear fruit in every good work that you have called him to. Grant him the desire to seek you each day in his life so that he may be strengthened with all power, according to your glorious might. 

In all these things, I pray that he may have the endurance to continue running the race you have for him, and that he may be patient for your leading. Remind him each day of the joy that you alone can bring. I pray that he may be joyful always, praying continually, and giving thanks in all circumstances, good and bad, because this is your will for him in Christ Jesus. Place deeply in his heart the truth that you have qualified him to share in your inheritance; that because of your Son, he now partakes in your holiness, your truth, your love, your glory, your life.

I ask that you hep him to rest confidently in the fact that he has been rescued from the dominion of darkness, and that he is no longer under the power of sin and evil. Help him to focus on the truth that instead, he has been brought into your kingdom, under the benevolent rule of your Son. Continue to show Jon that because of this, he has been made free and has been given everything he needs to say no to the ungodly and yes to righteousness. Please grant him your mercy and grace where he fails, wrap your arms of love around him, and remind him that he has been redeemed, that he has been delivered and set free to live a life he never thought possible. Remind him Lord God to battle from victory, not for victory...for he has already won! 

I ask Lord that you grant him all these things and more. That you give him strength as he places his hope in you, that he may soar on wings like eagles, that he may run and not grow weary, that he may walk, and not be faint. To these things I pray, to the honor and praise of your Glory.
                                                                    Colossians 1:9-14
                                                                 1 Thessalonians 5:16
                                                                         Isaiah 40:31

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