The grace of the Lord Jesus Christ be with your spirit. - Philemon 1:25 (NIV)
Grace, mercy and peace from God the Father and from Jesus Christ, the Father’s Son, will be with us in truth and love. - 2 John 1:3 (NIV)
To him who is able to keep you from stumbling and to present you before his glorious presence without fault and with great joy—to the only God our Savior be glory, majesty, power and authority, through Jesus Christ our Lord, before all ages, now and forevermore! Amen. - Jude 1:24-25 (NIV)
I have recently been reading through some of the smaller letters in the New Testament as part of my quiet time schedule and one thing which caught my attention was the way in which these New Testament writers started and ended their letters. Many of these writers start and/or end their letters with prayers for the letter's recipients; prayers for them to know God's grace, mercy and peace in their lives. These prayers also acknowledge God's awesomeness, glory and power. So I got thinking about how we could use these prayers as examples for us in our prayers for others and for ourselves. This isn't the only way we can pray for our brothers and sisters in the faith, but I think they make a good starting point when we don't know what to pray for others. Perhaps this week (and in the weeks to come!) we can think about fellow believers we can pray for and pray along these lines for them.