A prayer for peace:

Quiet me, O Lord. Calm my mind. Still my hands. Remove any worries from my heart. I want to give you my full attention. Slow me down so that I can hear your voice and see you at work in my life today. Amen.

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Therefore, since we have been made righteous through his faithfulness, we have peace with God through our Lord Jesus Christ. We have access by faith into this grace in which we stand through him, and we boast in the hope of God’s glory.

Romans 5:1-2

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Today’s Bible passage contains three words that changed the course of Christian history: "righteous through faithfulness." Other Bible versions say: "justified by faith." These words tell us that we don’t have to try to prove ourselves worthy of God’s love; only God’s grace can justify us.

Just as important is what Paul says in the next phrase, “we have access into this grace.” It doesn’t matter how much grace there is in the world if we can’t access it. Through his death, Jesus poured out an unending measure of grace; there is more than enough for all of us! Through the Holy Spirit, God has made a way for us to draw on this well of mercy and understanding. By prayer, in Baptism and the Lord’s Supper, through studying the Bible, you can access and experience this grace personally today.

Feeling anxious? Feeling discouraged? Seeking peace and hope? Draw on God’s grace right now. Pray with a friend. Read a comforting Psalm. Make plans to worship this Sunday.

Jeff Gibelius

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Loving Spirit, I know that I can’t justify myself, but for Jesus’ sake you have accepted me and found me worthy. Help me to draw deeply from your well of grace today so that I can experience peace and hope in all that I do. Amen.

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God’s Spirit is with you right now, closer than the air you are breathing. You don’t have to chase after God; simply be with God today. Let God’s Spirit fill you and guide you. Take joy in knowing that God is walking with you, and that you can walk in God’s Spirit.

Jeff Gibelius

Dr. Jeff Gibelius is the Senior Pastor of Second Presbyterian Church, Carlisle, Pennsylvania. He loves being a pastor and helping people grow in faith. He and his congregation are learning to “Walk in the Spirit” together through a renewed emphasis on prayer and spiritual discernment.

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