Hebrews 11

Father God, we recognize that faith is essential to our relationship with you. Without faith, we cannot please you, nor approach you, And when we believe, we declare that you exist, and that you reward those who seek you.

We read in the Bible all the stories of believers to whom you came, and to whom you responded by providing for them according to their needs even though their hardship were great.

These were people who were strangers and foreigners on earth. They desired a better country, a city whose builder and maker you are, Oh God.

Because they desired this better country, you were not ashamed to be called their God, and you indeed prepared a city for them.

Give to us, your people of today, also a faith that is sure that we will receive the things hoped for, the conviction of things we do not see, and like our ancestors, may we receive approval from you.

Hear our prayer for a faith that can stand the light of day, and endure the dark of night. Amen.

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