On Sunday, November 3, 2019, Johanna Lupo prayed a Prayer of Praise, Bruce Robertson led worship, and Matthew Williams preached the message, “The Rise of Evil Cannot Thwart the Reign of God” as part of our current series, Living with the End in View from 2 Thessalonians 2:1-12. Click here for projection from the message. Below is Johanna’s translated prayer and a few discussion questions for Community Group or personal study this week. To listen to this message again, click here.
Prayer of Praise:
We praise you this morning, dear Father, for being so good to us. You fill our hearts with joy. We give you infinite thanks for your valuable love that we do not deserve. We praise you King of Kings and Lord of Lords.
You are our shepherd and we lack nothing. You have given us a heart to love you, honor you, and act according to your will and not the will of man. When we hear your voice, we long to be obedient to your Holy Word. We want to speak it boldly because it is a source of living water which comforts us. Your Word guides us with your light to overcome our adversities.
We praise you because only you are worthy, Oh God. Only you have true promises for your people. In the face of persecution from the world, we follow your Son, Jesus. You keep us and allow us to be in victory and see your justice prevail.
You have mercy on us, your children. You make us bloom like the flowers of the field, blessing us at all times. We rejoice in you because you created us in your image. We give glory and exaltation to your holy name.
- Are the choices you are currently making in your life awakening or numbing your heart to the spiritual gravity of evil?
- Read 2 Thessalonians 2:1-12. How aware are you of the cosmic battle in your life and in the world?
- Matthew said that wisdom lies in heeding what God has revealed, not speculating on what he has not. Do you spend more time questioning what God hasn’t revealed than believing and obeying what he has revealed?
- When you see the rise of evil in the world, what is your response?
- Read Isaiah 46:9-10 and Psalm 2:1-6. What do these verse say about who God is? What should our response be when faced with evil?
- How has knowing that God is in complete control encouraged you this week?