Lord, first of all, I ask for the determination and discipline of Jesus Christ who is the author and finisher of my faith. Thank you for Jesus who set the example of discipline by enduring hardship and opposition from sinful men. Jesus inspires me to not grow weary and lose heart.
Thank You, Father, for Your words of encouragement addressed to me as Your son or daughter. I won't take Your discipline lightly, nor will I lose heart when You rebuke and discipline me because You discipline those you love.
Father, Your Word teaches me out of discipline comes respect, meaning I respect those who discipline me. I have great respect for You because You discipline me daily, and in like manner, help me to discipline my soldiers so they will respect me.
Your discipline is for my good so I may share in Your holiness. Father, I understand that no discipline seems pleasant at the time, but instead is painful. However, later it produces a harvest of righteousness, peace, obedience, and understanding. Thank you that Your discipline produces obedience and understanding in me. I'm truly grateful that your rod of discipline drives out the foolishness in me.
In Jesus' name. Amen.
Hebrews 12:1-12; 2 Timothy 2:3
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