Since Christ suffered physically, you too must strengthen yourselves with the same way of thinking that he had; because whoever suffers physically is no longer involved with sin. From now on, then, you must live the rest of your earthly lives controlled by God’s will and not by human desires.
Read 1 Peter 3:13 – 4:6
One way that you can live out this passage is by praying the Lord’s Prayer. In this prayer you put your faith into action by praying to your Father in heaven: ‘your will be done on earth as it is heaven’. As you pray this prayer, God frees you from being weighed down by the anxieties and concerns that you experience in your life. He frees you by giving you the grace to see the world from his point of view, and by letting you put his forgiving, peaceful and life-giving will first.
The wonderful thing about putting God’s will first is that God wills the best for you. You may not really know what you need or want, but God knows you better than you know yourself. He leads you to pray to him, and through your prayers he gives you and all for whom you pray his blessing and his life.
Father, let your will be done in my life and in the whole of you r creation. I trust you to give me all that I need in body and soul. Amen.
by Fraser Pearce, in ‘Renewed Hope for each Day’ (LCA, Openbook, 2000)
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