“Truth, righteousness, peace, faith, and salvation are more than words. Learn how to apply them. You’ll need them throughout your life. In the same way, prayer is essential in this ongoing warfare. Pray hard and long. Pray for your brothers and sisters. Keep your eyes open. Keep each other’s spirits up so that no one falls behind or drops out.” (Ephesians 6: 14-18, Message Bible)
If we can embrace these ideas, day by day, we can be helpful to our world and live a much more joyous experience as well.
It can be easy to talk about high-minded ideas, like peace and justice, but God’s qualities are more than words. They are ideals for us to actively claim and live to the best of our ability. We can awaken, through the prayer that is encouraged here, to Truth and its glorious cause, and to our natural part in this, our ability to achieve much good.
As we pray and keep our eyes open to light, we can bring this light to the lives of others. We can be alert to the need around us and uplift, encourage, and patiently help our brothers and sisters. We can pray hard and long—not obligatory statements of ritual, but a real and earnest receptivity to God and His purpose for us.
In this way, we not only get by, we thrive and also have an impact on the world, wherever we are, because we bear witness with our lives to Truth, to righteousness, to peace, to faith, and to salvation.
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