But the fruit of the Spirit is love, joy, peace, patience, kindness, goodness, faithfulness, gentleness and self-control. Against such things there is no law.
~Galatians 5:22-23 NIV
Nine days of prayer can do wonders for our prayer life.
The Apostle Paul wrote about the fruit of the Spirit to the Galatians, letting them know the fruit would be evident in their lives if they were living for Christ. The fruits in our lives are pleasing to God, and they enable us to do His will. When we live by the fruits of the Spirit, our lives are no longer our own. Rather, we live for God. Our attitude changes, and our old ways are no longer attractive to us. When we’re filled with the Holy Spirit, the fruit bubbles out of us and overflows. Let’s look at each fruit to enjoy nine days of prayer.
“For I am convinced that neither death, nor life, nor angels, nor principalities, nor things present, nor things to come, nor powers, nor eight nor depth, nor any other created thing, will be able to separate us from the love of God which is in Christ Jesus our Lord” (Romans 8:38-39 NASB).
Lord, help me grasp and never doubt the truth of Your everlasting love. Show me how to be confident and never doubt Your grace. It is more than sufficient. Thank You that nothing will ever separate me from You.
“Consider it all joy, my brethren, when you encounter various trials, knowing that the testing of your faith produces endurance” (James 1:2-3 NASB).
Lord, show me how to endure the tests of life joyfully. Let me trust You to bring me through the trials of this life, knowing this will draw me closer to You and will help me gain victory in Christ Jesus, my Lord.
“Peace I leave with you; My peace I give to you; not as the world gives do I give to you. Do not let your heart be troubled, nor let it be fearful” (John 14:27 NASB).
Lord, thank You for your peace and Your comfort. I treasure the comfort the Holy Spirit brings to me when I am unsettled and upset. I welcome You into every area of my life. Let me be a peacemaker and not stir up strife. Let all gossip and slander stay far from my lips.
“But if when you do what is right and suffer for it you patiently endure it, this finds favor with God” (1 Peter 2:20b NASB).
Lord, let me always do what is right in Your eyes, so I can find favor with You. Help me to remember Your faithfulness and Your truth. When I am misunderstood because of my faith in You, let me stand firm and finish well.
“Be kind to one another, tender-hearted, forgiving each other, just as God in Christ also has forgiven you” (Ephesians 4:32 NASB).
Lord, help me be kind to everyone in every situation and place. Let me be ready to forgive others, just as You have forgiven me. Release me from hurt feelings, offense, and pride. Finally, give me opportunities to serve You by serving others.
“For we are His workmanship, created in Christ Jesus for good works, which God prepared beforehand so that we would walk in them” (Ephesians 2:10 NASB).
Lord, I am grateful You have created me to walk in goodness. Your desire is for me to serve others. Therefore, help me do this with joy and thanksgiving, remembering Your goodness in my life. Give me a passion for service.
“For whatever is born of God overcomes the world; and this is the victory that has overcome the world – our faith” (1 John 5:4 NASB).
Lord, help my faith grow day by day. Teach me how to be an overcomer and to be faithful to You in all I do and all I say. You are faithful and true. I’m so grateful for the victory I receive through Christ Jesus.
“Let your gentle spirit be known to all men. The Lord is near” (Philippians 4:5 NASB).
Lord, let gentleness accompany me in whatever situation I find myself in. Show me how to be gentle to those around me who are hurting and to those who need You. Finally, give me an urgency to show them Your gentleness.
“For God gave us a spirit not of fear, but of power and love and self-control” (2 Timothy 1:7 ESV).
Lord, thank You for instructing me not to fear but to trust in You through Your power, love, and self-control. Amen.
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