“For I know the thoughts that I think toward you, says the LORD, thoughts of peace and not of evil, to give you a future and a hope.”
-Hope in Hebrew is written as yachal which means to expect, look forward to, wait, prospect or anticipate. The word hope has been used in the definition of faith intimating that there is a thin line between the two words. Faith is the substance of things hoped for, the evidence of things not seen (Heb 11:1), & we hope for that which we do not see, eagerly waiting for it with perseverance (Rom 8:24-25). Further, faith is a gift of the Holy Spirit which propels us spiritually in the hope of eternal life through Christ. We hope in the evidence of things not yet seen by believing in the death & resurrection of Christ for the redemption of our sins, & new life in Him. God has good thoughts for us, thoughts of peace & not evil, to give us a future & hope in new life through His Son Jesus Christ. God calls us to wait on Him in prayer & thanksgiving for He can do exceedingly abundantly more than we can ever ask or imagine.
Abba Father our God of hope, we thank You for the graces You have bestowed upon us this beautiful day. We humbly ask You Jesus to cleanse us from all unrighteousness & sanctify us & our families by Your precious blood. You are worthy Lamb of God for You were slain & have redeemed us to God by Your blood out of every tribe, tongue, people & nation. Receive all our praise Lord. Father You know our thoughts, petitions & heart desires even before we present them to You, answer all our prayers according to Your will. Thank You for Your everlasting love & for always having good thoughts for us Lord, help us to rest in You for You have already granted us peace, a future & hope according to Your merciful love. Amen
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