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100 Bible Verses about Joy In The Holy Spirit
Romans 14:17 esv / 23 helpful votes helpful not helpful.
For the kingdom of God is not a matter of eating and drinking but of righteousness and peace and joy in the Holy Spirit.
Romans 15:13 ESV / 21 helpful votes Helpful Not Helpful
May the God of hope fill you with all joy and peace in believing, so that by the power of the Holy Spirit you may abound in hope.
Galatians 5:22 ESV / 19 helpful votes Helpful Not Helpful
But the fruit of the Spirit is love, joy, peace, patience, kindness, goodness, faithfulness,
1 Thessalonians 1:6 ESV / 15 helpful votes Helpful Not Helpful
And you became imitators of us and of the Lord, for you received the word in much affliction, with the joy of the Holy Spirit,
Galatians 5:22-23 ESV / 12 helpful votes Helpful Not Helpful
But the fruit of the Spirit is love, joy, peace, patience, kindness, goodness, faithfulness, gentleness, self-control; against such things there is no law.
Acts 13:52 ESV / 11 helpful votes Helpful Not Helpful
And the disciples were filled with joy and with the Holy Spirit.
Acts 1:8 ESV / 9 helpful votes Helpful Not Helpful
But you will receive power when the Holy Spirit has come upon you, and you will be my witnesses in Jerusalem and in all Judea and Samaria, and to the end of the earth.”
Philemon 1:7 ESV / 7 helpful votes Helpful Not Helpful
For I have derived much joy and comfort from your love, my brother, because the hearts of the saints have been refreshed through you.
Philippians 4:4 ESV / 7 helpful votes Helpful Not Helpful
Rejoice in the Lord always; again I will say, rejoice.
Acts 2:28 ESV / 6 helpful votes Helpful Not Helpful
You have made known to me the paths of life; you will make me full of gladness with your presence.’
John 17:13 ESV / 6 helpful votes Helpful Not Helpful
But now I am coming to you, and these things I speak in the world, that they may have my joy fulfilled in themselves.
John 14:26 ESV / 6 helpful votes Helpful Not Helpful
But the Helper, the Holy Spirit, whom the Father will send in my name, he will teach you all things and bring to your remembrance all that I have said to you.
Nehemiah 8:10 ESV / 6 helpful votes Helpful Not Helpful
Then he said to them, “Go your way. Eat the fat and drink sweet wine and send portions to anyone who has nothing ready, for this day is holy to our Lord. And do not be grieved, for the joy of the Lord is your strength.”
1 Peter 4:3 ESV / 5 helpful votes Helpful Not Helpful
For the time that is past suffices for doing what the Gentiles want to do, living in sensuality, passions, drunkenness, orgies, drinking parties, and lawless idolatry.
James 1:2 ESV / 5 helpful votes Helpful Not Helpful
Count it all joy, my brothers, when you meet trials of various kinds,
1 Corinthians 6:19 ESV / 5 helpful votes Helpful Not Helpful
Or do you not know that your body is a temple of the Holy Spirit within you, whom you have from God? You are not your own,
1 Corinthians 1:30 ESV / 5 helpful votes Helpful Not Helpful
And because of him you are in Christ Jesus, who became to us wisdom from God, righteousness and sanctification and redemption,
Romans 15:19 ESV / 5 helpful votes Helpful Not Helpful
By the power of signs and wonders, by the power of the Spirit of God—so that from Jerusalem and all the way around to Illyricum I have fulfilled the ministry of the gospel of Christ;
Romans 13:13 ESV / 5 helpful votes Helpful Not Helpful
Let us walk properly as in the daytime, not in orgies and drunkenness, not in sexual immorality and sensuality, not in quarreling and jealousy.
Acts 9:31 ESV / 5 helpful votes Helpful Not Helpful
So the church throughout all Judea and Galilee and Samaria had peace and was being built up. And walking in the fear of the Lord and in the comfort of the Holy Spirit, it multiplied.
John 16:8 ESV / 5 helpful votes Helpful Not Helpful
And when he comes, he will convict the world concerning sin and righteousness and judgment:
John 15:11 ESV / 5 helpful votes Helpful Not Helpful
These things I have spoken to you, that my joy may be in you, and that your joy may be full.
1 Peter 4:13 ESV / 4 helpful votes Helpful Not Helpful
But rejoice insofar as you share Christ's sufferings, that you may also rejoice and be glad when his glory is revealed.
Acts 7:51 ESV / 4 helpful votes Helpful Not Helpful
“You stiff-necked people, uncircumcised in heart and ears, you always resist the Holy Spirit. As your fathers did, so do you.
Colossians 1:11 ESV / 3 helpful votes Helpful Not Helpful
Being strengthened with all power, according to his glorious might, for all endurance and patience with joy;
Ephesians 5:19 ESV / 3 helpful votes Helpful Not Helpful
Addressing one another in psalms and hymns and spiritual songs, singing and making melody to the Lord with your heart,
Ephesians 5:18 ESV / 3 helpful votes Helpful Not Helpful
And do not get drunk with wine, for that is debauchery, but be filled with the Spirit,
Ephesians 4:30 ESV / 3 helpful votes Helpful Not Helpful
And do not grieve the Holy Spirit of God, by whom you were sealed for the day of redemption.
Ephesians 3:16 ESV / 3 helpful votes Helpful Not Helpful
That according to the riches of his glory he may grant you to be strengthened with power through his Spirit in your inner being,
Galatians 5:19-21 ESV / 3 helpful votes Helpful Not Helpful
Now the works of the flesh are evident: sexual immorality, impurity, sensuality, idolatry, sorcery, enmity, strife, jealousy, fits of anger, rivalries, dissensions, divisions, envy, drunkenness, orgies, and things like these. I warn you, as I warned you before, that those who do such things will not inherit the kingdom of God.
2 Corinthians 13:14 ESV / 3 helpful votes Helpful Not Helpful
The grace of the Lord Jesus Christ and the love of God and the fellowship of the Holy Spirit be with you all.
Romans 8:11 ESV / 3 helpful votes Helpful Not Helpful
If the Spirit of him who raised Jesus from the dead dwells in you, he who raised Christ Jesus from the dead will also give life to your mortal bodies through his Spirit who dwells in you.
Acts 21:10 ESV / 3 helpful votes Helpful Not Helpful
While we were staying for many days, a prophet named Agabus came down from Judea.
Acts 5:32 ESV / 3 helpful votes Helpful Not Helpful
And we are witnesses to these things, and so is the Holy Spirit, whom God has given to those who obey him.”
John 15:26 ESV / 3 helpful votes Helpful Not Helpful
“But when the Helper comes, whom I will send to you from the Father, the Spirit of truth, who proceeds from the Father, he will bear witness about me.
John 14:16 ESV / 3 helpful votes Helpful Not Helpful
And I will ask the Father, and he will give you another Helper, to be with you forever,
John 7:38 ESV / 3 helpful votes Helpful Not Helpful
Whoever believes in me, as the Scripture has said, ‘Out of his heart will flow rivers of living water.’”
Luke 15:7 ESV / 3 helpful votes Helpful Not Helpful
Just so, I tell you, there will be more joy in heaven over one sinner who repents than over ninety-nine righteous persons who need no repentance.
Luke 12:10 ESV / 3 helpful votes Helpful Not Helpful
And everyone who speaks a word against the Son of Man will be forgiven, but the one who blasphemes against the Holy Spirit will not be forgiven.
Proverbs 23:31 ESV / 3 helpful votes Helpful Not Helpful
Do not look at wine when it is red, when it sparkles in the cup and goes down smoothly.
Psalm 51:12 ESV / 3 helpful votes Helpful Not Helpful
Restore to me the joy of your salvation, and uphold me with a willing spirit.
Revelation 21:1-27 ESV / 2 helpful votes Helpful Not Helpful
Then I saw a new heaven and a new earth, for the first heaven and the first earth had passed away, and the sea was no more. And I saw the holy city, new Jerusalem, coming down out of heaven from God, prepared as a bride adorned for her husband. And I heard a loud voice from the throne saying, “Behold, the dwelling place of God is with man. He will dwell with them, and they will be his people, and God himself will be with them as their God. He will wipe away every tear from their eyes, and death shall be no more, neither shall there be mourning, nor crying, nor pain anymore, for the former things have passed away.” And he who was seated on the throne said, “Behold, I am making all things new.” Also he said, “Write this down, for these words are trustworthy and true.” ...
3 John 1:4 ESV / 2 helpful votes Helpful Not Helpful
I have no greater joy than to hear that my children are walking in the truth.
1 Timothy 5:23 ESV / 2 helpful votes Helpful Not Helpful
(No longer drink only water, but use a little wine for the sake of your stomach and your frequent ailments.)
Philippians 2:1 ESV / 2 helpful votes Helpful Not Helpful
So if there is any encouragement in Christ, any comfort from love, any participation in the Spirit, any affection and sympathy,
Ephesians 5:6 ESV / 2 helpful votes Helpful Not Helpful
Let no one deceive you with empty words, for because of these things the wrath of God comes upon the sons of disobedience.
Ephesians 4:3 ESV / 2 helpful votes Helpful Not Helpful
Eager to maintain the unity of the Spirit in the bond of peace.
Ephesians 1:13 ESV / 2 helpful votes Helpful Not Helpful
In him you also, when you heard the word of truth, the gospel of your salvation, and believed in him, were sealed with the promised Holy Spirit,
Galatians 5:25 ESV / 2 helpful votes Helpful Not Helpful
If we live by the Spirit, let us also keep in step with the Spirit.
Galatians 5:16 ESV / 2 helpful votes Helpful Not Helpful
But I say, walk by the Spirit, and you will not gratify the desires of the flesh.
1 Corinthians 9:19-23 ESV / 2 helpful votes Helpful Not Helpful
For though I am free from all, I have made myself a servant to all, that I might win more of them. To the Jews I became as a Jew, in order to win Jews. To those under the law I became as one under the law (though not being myself under the law) that I might win those under the law. To those outside the law I became as one outside the law (not being outside the law of God but under the law of Christ) that I might win those outside the law. To the weak I became weak, that I might win the weak. I have become all things to all people, that by all means I might save some. I do it all for the sake of the gospel, that I may share with them in its blessings.
1 Corinthians 9:1-27 ESV / 2 helpful votes Helpful Not Helpful
Am I not free? Am I not an apostle? Have I not seen Jesus our Lord? Are not you my workmanship in the Lord? If to others I am not an apostle, at least I am to you, for you are the seal of my apostleship in the Lord. This is my defense to those who would examine me. Do we not have the right to eat and drink? Do we not have the right to take along a believing wife, as do the other apostles and the brothers of the Lord and Cephas? ...
1 Corinthians 8:1-13 ESV / 2 helpful votes Helpful Not Helpful
Now concerning food offered to idols: we know that “all of us possess knowledge.” This “knowledge” puffs up, but love builds up. If anyone imagines that he knows something, he does not yet know as he ought to know. But if anyone loves God, he is known by God. Therefore, as to the eating of food offered to idols, we know that “an idol has no real existence,” and that “there is no God but one.” For although there may be so-called gods in heaven or on earth—as indeed there are many “gods” and many “lords”— ...
1 Corinthians 3:16 ESV / 2 helpful votes Helpful Not Helpful
Do you not know that you are God's temple and that God's Spirit dwells in you?
Romans 14:1-23 ESV / 2 helpful votes Helpful Not Helpful
As for the one who is weak in faith, welcome him, but not to quarrel over opinions. One person believes he may eat anything, while the weak person eats only vegetables. Let not the one who eats despise the one who abstains, and let not the one who abstains pass judgment on the one who eats, for God has welcomed him. Who are you to pass judgment on the servant of another? It is before his own master that he stands or falls. And he will be upheld, for the Lord is able to make him stand. One person esteems one day as better than another, while another esteems all days alike. Each one should be fully convinced in his own mind. ...
Romans 9:1 ESV / 2 helpful votes Helpful Not Helpful
I am speaking the truth in Christ—I am not lying; my conscience bears me witness in the Holy Spirit—
Romans 8:13 ESV / 2 helpful votes Helpful Not Helpful
For if you live according to the flesh you will die, but if by the Spirit you put to death the deeds of the body, you will live.
Romans 8:9 ESV / 2 helpful votes Helpful Not Helpful
You, however, are not in the flesh but in the Spirit, if in fact the Spirit of God dwells in you. Anyone who does not have the Spirit of Christ does not belong to him.
Romans 8:2 ESV / 2 helpful votes Helpful Not Helpful
For the law of the Spirit of life has set you free in Christ Jesus from the law of sin and death.
Romans 5:5 ESV / 2 helpful votes Helpful Not Helpful
And hope does not put us to shame, because God's love has been poured into our hearts through the Holy Spirit who has been given to us.
Romans 1:4 ESV / 2 helpful votes Helpful Not Helpful
And was declared to be the Son of God in power according to the Spirit of holiness by his resurrection from the dead, Jesus Christ our Lord,
Acts 22:16 ESV / 2 helpful votes Helpful Not Helpful
And now why do you wait? Rise and be baptized and wash away your sins, calling on his name.’
Acts 20:28 ESV / 2 helpful votes Helpful Not Helpful
Pay careful attention to yourselves and to all the flock, in which the Holy Spirit has made you overseers, to care for the church of God, which he obtained with his own blood.
Acts 16:6 ESV / 2 helpful votes Helpful Not Helpful
And they went through the region of Phrygia and Galatia, having been forbidden by the Holy Spirit to speak the word in Asia.
Acts 15:28 ESV / 2 helpful votes Helpful Not Helpful
For it has seemed good to the Holy Spirit and to us to lay on you no greater burden than these requirements:
Acts 15:8 ESV / 2 helpful votes Helpful Not Helpful
And God, who knows the heart, bore witness to them, by giving them the Holy Spirit just as he did to us,
Acts 13:9 ESV / 2 helpful votes Helpful Not Helpful
But Saul, who was also called Paul, filled with the Holy Spirit, looked intently at him
Acts 13:4 ESV / 2 helpful votes Helpful Not Helpful
So, being sent out by the Holy Spirit, they went down to Seleucia, and from there they sailed to Cyprus.
Acts 13:2 ESV / 2 helpful votes Helpful Not Helpful
While they were worshiping the Lord and fasting, the Holy Spirit said, “Set apart for me Barnabas and Saul for the work to which I have called them.”
Acts 11:24 ESV / 2 helpful votes Helpful Not Helpful
For he was a good man, full of the Holy Spirit and of faith. And a great many people were added to the Lord.
Acts 11:23 ESV / 2 helpful votes Helpful Not Helpful
When he came and saw the grace of God, he was glad, and he exhorted them all to remain faithful to the Lord with steadfast purpose,
Acts 11:16 ESV / 2 helpful votes Helpful Not Helpful
And I remembered the word of the Lord, how he said, ‘John baptized with water, but you will be baptized with the Holy Spirit.’
Acts 11:15 ESV / 2 helpful votes Helpful Not Helpful
As I began to speak, the Holy Spirit fell on them just as on us at the beginning.
Acts 10:45 ESV / 2 helpful votes Helpful Not Helpful
And the believers from among the circumcised who had come with Peter were amazed, because the gift of the Holy Spirit was poured out even on the Gentiles.
Acts 6:8 ESV / 2 helpful votes Helpful Not Helpful
And Stephen, full of grace and power, was doing great wonders and signs among the people.
Acts 6:5 ESV / 2 helpful votes Helpful Not Helpful
And what they said pleased the whole gathering, and they chose Stephen, a man full of faith and of the Holy Spirit, and Philip, and Prochorus, and Nicanor, and Timon, and Parmenas, and Nicolaus, a proselyte of Antioch.
Acts 6:3 ESV / 2 helpful votes Helpful Not Helpful
Therefore, brothers, pick out from among you seven men of good repute, full of the Spirit and of wisdom, whom we will appoint to this duty.
Acts 5:3 ESV / 2 helpful votes Helpful Not Helpful
But Peter said, “Ananias, why has Satan filled your heart to lie to the Holy Spirit and to keep back for yourself part of the proceeds of the land?
Acts 2:38 ESV / 2 helpful votes Helpful Not Helpful
And Peter said to them, “Repent and be baptized every one of you in the name of Jesus Christ for the forgiveness of your sins, and you will receive the gift of the Holy Spirit.
Acts 2:4 ESV / 2 helpful votes Helpful Not Helpful
And they were all filled with the Holy Spirit and began to speak in other tongues as the Spirit gave them utterance.
Acts 2:1-47 ESV / 2 helpful votes Helpful Not Helpful
When the day of Pentecost arrived, they were all together in one place. And suddenly there came from heaven a sound like a mighty rushing wind, and it filled the entire house where they were sitting. And divided tongues as of fire appeared to them and rested on each one of them. And they were all filled with the Holy Spirit and began to speak in other tongues as the Spirit gave them utterance. Now there were dwelling in Jerusalem Jews, devout men from every nation under heaven. ...
Acts 1:5 ESV / 2 helpful votes Helpful Not Helpful
For John baptized with water, but you will be baptized with the Holy Spirit not many days from now.”
John 16:33 ESV / 2 helpful votes Helpful Not Helpful
I have said these things to you, that in me you may have peace. In the world you will have tribulation. But take heart; I have overcome the world.”
John 16:22 ESV / 2 helpful votes Helpful Not Helpful
So also you have sorrow now, but I will see you again, and your hearts will rejoice, and no one will take your joy from you.
John 16:20 ESV / 2 helpful votes Helpful Not Helpful
Truly, truly, I say to you, you will weep and lament, but the world will rejoice. You will be sorrowful, but your sorrow will turn into joy.
John 16:7 ESV / 2 helpful votes Helpful Not Helpful
Nevertheless, I tell you the truth: it is to your advantage that I go away, for if I do not go away, the Helper will not come to you. But if I go, I will send him to you.
John 3:16-17 ESV / 2 helpful votes Helpful Not Helpful
“For God so loved the world, that he gave his only Son, that whoever believes in him should not perish but have eternal life. For God did not send his Son into the world to condemn the world, but in order that the world might be saved through him.
John 3:5 ESV / 2 helpful votes Helpful Not Helpful
Jesus answered, “Truly, truly, I say to you, unless one is born of water and the Spirit, he cannot enter the kingdom of God.
John 2:3-11 ESV / 2 helpful votes Helpful Not Helpful
When the wine ran out, the mother of Jesus said to him, “They have no wine.” And Jesus said to her, “Woman, what does this have to do with me? My hour has not yet come.” His mother said to the servants, “Do whatever he tells you.” Now there were six stone water jars there for the Jewish rites of purification, each holding twenty or thirty gallons. Jesus said to the servants, “Fill the jars with water.” And they filled them up to the brim. ...
Luke 24:49 ESV / 2 helpful votes Helpful Not Helpful
And behold, I am sending the promise of my Father upon you. But stay in the city until you are clothed with power from on high.”
Luke 15:10 ESV / 2 helpful votes Helpful Not Helpful
Just so, I tell you, there is joy before the angels of God over one sinner who repents.”
Luke 15:1-32 ESV / 2 helpful votes Helpful Not Helpful
Now the tax collectors and sinners were all drawing near to hear him. And the Pharisees and the scribes grumbled, saying, “This man receives sinners and eats with them.” So he told them this parable: “What man of you, having a hundred sheep, if he has lost one of them, does not leave the ninety-nine in the open country, and go after the one that is lost, until he finds it? And when he has found it, he lays it on his shoulders, rejoicing. ...
Luke 11:13 ESV / 2 helpful votes Helpful Not Helpful
If you then, who are evil, know how to give good gifts to your children, how much more will the heavenly Father give the Holy Spirit to those who ask him!”
Luke 10:21 ESV / 2 helpful votes Helpful Not Helpful
In that same hour he rejoiced in the Holy Spirit and said, “I thank you, Father, Lord of heaven and earth, that you have hidden these things from the wise and understanding and revealed them to little children; yes, Father, for such was your gracious will.
Luke 6:23 ESV / 2 helpful votes Helpful Not Helpful
Rejoice in that day, and leap for joy, for behold, your reward is great in heaven; for so their fathers did to the prophets.
Luke 4:1 ESV / 2 helpful votes Helpful Not Helpful
And Jesus, full of the Holy Spirit, returned from the Jordan and was led by the Spirit in the wilderness
Luke 2:25 ESV / 2 helpful votes Helpful Not Helpful
Now there was a man in Jerusalem, whose name was Simeon, and this man was righteous and devout, waiting for the consolation of Israel, and the Holy Spirit was upon him.
Luke 2:10 ESV / 2 helpful votes Helpful Not Helpful
And the angel said to them, “Fear not, for behold, I bring you good news of great joy that will be for all the people.
Matthew 28:19 ESV / 2 helpful votes Helpful Not Helpful
Go therefore and make disciples of all nations, baptizing them in the name of the Father and of the Son and of the Holy Spirit,
Matthew 25:21 ESV / 2 helpful votes Helpful Not Helpful
His master said to him, ‘Well done, good and faithful servant. You have been faithful over a little; I will set you over much. Enter into the joy of your master.’
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8 Bible Verses about The Holy Spirit Giving Joy
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When Elizabeth heard Mary’s greeting, the baby leaped in her womb; and Elizabeth was filled with the Holy Spirit. And she cried out with a loud voice and said, “Blessed are you among women, and blessed is the fruit of your womb! And how has it happened to me, that the mother of my Lord would come to me? read more. For behold, when the sound of your greeting reached my ears, the baby leaped in my womb for joy. And blessed is she who believed that there would be a fulfillment of what had been spoken to her by the Lord.”
And his father Zacharias was filled with the Holy Spirit, and prophesied, saying: “Blessed be the Lord God of Israel, For He has visited us and accomplished redemption for His people,
At that very time He rejoiced greatly in the Holy Spirit, and said, “I praise You, O Father, Lord of heaven and earth, that You have hidden these things from the wise and intelligent and have revealed them to infants. Yes, Father, for this way was well-pleasing in Your sight.
“ You have loved righteousness and hated lawlessness ; Therefore God, Your God, has anointed You With the oil of gladness above Your companions .”
And the disciples were continually filled with joy and with the Holy Spirit.
But about midnight Paul and Silas were praying and singing hymns of praise to God, and the prisoners were listening to them;
You also became imitators of us and of the Lord, having received the word in much tribulation with the joy of the Holy Spirit,
but to the degree that you share the sufferings of Christ, keep on rejoicing, so that also at the revelation of His glory you may rejoice with exultation. If you are reviled for the name of Christ, you are blessed, because the Spirit of glory and of God rests on you.
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Five Bible Verses That Teach Us about the Holy Ghost
Learn What We Know about the Holy Ghost from the Bible
Like other Christians, members of The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints believe in the Bible’s teachings about God the Father, His Son Jesus Christ, and the Holy Ghost. However, Latter-day Saints do not believe that the Bible teaches the doctrine of the Trinity—that the Father, Son, and Holy Ghost are one being. Instead, Latter-day Saints believe that the Bible teaches that the Father, Son, and Holy Ghost work in complete unity but are separate individuals (see Jeffrey R. Holland, “ The Only True God and Jesus Christ Whom He Hath Sent ,” Ensign or Liahona, Nov. 2007, 40–42). Latter-day Saints refer to these individuals collectively as the Godhead.
Additionally, while many Christians believe that God is only a spirit, Latter-day Saints believe that the Father and the Son each have glorified bodies and that the Holy Ghost is a spirit. Latter-day Saint doctrine, like the Bible, teaches that the Holy Ghost is the only member of the Godhead without a body. Here are just a few of the Bible’s teachings about the Holy Ghost.
1. Matthew 3:11: The holy Ghost sanctifies us
Latter-day Saints believe that just as baptism by water is important that we may be cleansed from our sins, so is the reception of the Holy Ghost, or baptism by fire. Matthew 3:11 records that Jesus Christ would baptize those first baptized by water “with the Holy Ghost, and with fire.” Likewise, Boyd K. Packer, a general Church leader from 1961 until his death in 2015, taught that “there are two parts to baptism—baptism by water and baptism by fire or the Holy Ghost” ( “ The Gift of the Holy Ghost: What Every Member Should Know ,” Liahona , Aug. 2006, 20).
Receiving the Holy Ghost is likened to being baptized by fire because the Holy Ghost has a purifying influence in our lives. Latter-day Saint doctrine teaches that like a fire that consumes dross, the Holy Ghost purifies our hearts until we have no more desire to sin (see David A. Bednar, “ Clean Hands and a Pure Heart ,” Ensign or Liahona, Nov. 2007, 80–83). This purifying influence helps us become worthy to live with God one day (see Gospel Principles , 120–24).
2. John 3:5: We must receive the Holy Ghost to enter God’s kingdom
Latter-day Saints believe what the Bible teaches about the importance of baptism: “Except a man be born of water and of the Spirit, he cannot enter into the kingdom of God” ( John 3:5 ). Latter-day Saint doctrine teaches that we must be baptized to return to God’s kingdom after we die, and that for the ordinance of baptism to be complete, we must also receive the gift of the Holy Ghost. As the Prophet Joseph Smith stated, “You might as well baptize a bag of sand as a man, if not done in view of the remission of sins and getting of the Holy Ghost. Baptism by water is but half a baptism, and is good for nothing without the other half—that is, the baptism of the Holy Ghost” ( Teachings of Presidents of the Church: Joseph Smith , 95).
3. John 14:26: The Holy Ghost can comfort us and teach us all things
Latter-day Saints believe in Jesus Christ’s teaching that “the Comforter, which is the Holy Ghost, whom the Father will send in my name, he shall teach you all things, and bring all things to your remembrance, whatsoever I have said unto you” ( John 14:26 ). The Holy Ghost is a teacher of truth and if we are willing to listen, He can teach us all things. Latter-day Saints also believe in the Bible’s teaching that the Holy Ghost can comfort us when we are sad or lonely and remind us of God’s love for us.
4. John 15:26: The Holy Ghost testifies of Jesus Christ
Jesus taught that “when the Comforter is come, whom I will send unto you from the Father, even the Spirit of truth, which proceedeth from the Father, he shall testify of me” ( John 15:26 ). Latter-day Saints believe that one of the main roles of the Holy Ghost is to testify of truth, especially of Jesus Christ and His divinity! It is only through the Holy Ghost that we can receive a testimony that Jesus Christ is the Son of God and the Redeemer of the World (see “ Testimony ,” Gospel Topics, churchofjesuschrist.org/study/manual/gospel-topics?lang=eng ).
5. Galatians 5:22–23: When we have the Holy Ghost, we feel love, joy, and peace
The Holy Ghost is often also called the Holy Spirit or the Spirit of the Lord. Galatians 5:22–23 teaches that “the fruit of the Spirit is love, joy, peace, longsuffering, gentleness, goodness, faith, meekness, [and] temperance.” Latter-day Saints believe that when we have the Holy Spirit with us, we can experience all the positive feelings and attributes listed above, no matter what difficulties we may be facing in our lives. The Holy Ghost not only empowers us personally, but also empowers us to lift others and help them in the challenges they face.
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- Now the Lord is that Spirit: and where the Spirit of the Lord is, there is liberty. 2 Corinthians 3:17 freedom Spirit
- Now the God of hope fill you with all joy and peace in believing, that ye may abound in hope, through the power of the Holy Ghost. Romans 15:13 faith Spirit hope
- What? know ye not that your body is the temple of the Holy Ghost which is in you, which ye have of God, and ye are not your own? For ye are bought with a price: therefore glorify God in your body, and in your spirit, which are God's. 1 Corinthians 6:19-20 worship Spirit life
- And I will pray the Father, and he shall give you another Comforter, that he may abide with you for ever. John 14:16 comforter Father pentecost
- But the Comforter, which is the Holy Ghost, whom the Father will send in my name, he shall teach you all things, and bring all things to your remembrance, whatsoever I have said unto you. John 14:26 comforter Father learning
- Know ye not that ye are the temple of God, and that the Spirit of God dwelleth in you? 1 Corinthians 3:16 holiness Spirit church
- And there appeared unto them cloven tongues like as of fire, and it sat upon each of them. And they were all filled with the Holy Ghost, and began to speak with other tongues, as the Spirit gave them utterance. Acts 2:3-4 speaking Spirit pentecost
- And hope maketh not ashamed; because the love of God is shed abroad in our hearts by the Holy Ghost which is given unto us. Romans 5:5 hope heart Spirit
- And grieve not the holy Spirit of God, whereby ye are sealed unto the day of redemption. Ephesians 4:30 sadness second coming
- And I will put my spirit within you, and cause you to walk in my statutes, and ye shall keep my judgments, and do them. Ezekiel 36:27 Spirit law following
- If ye then, being evil, know how to give good gifts unto your children: how much more shall your heavenly Father give the Holy Spirit to them that ask him? Luke 11:13 Spirit prayer family
- And when they had prayed, the place was shaken where they were assembled together; and they were all filled with the Holy Ghost, and they spake the word of God with boldness. Acts 4:31 pentecost prayer miracles
- But ye shall receive power, after that the Holy Ghost is come upon you: and ye shall be witnesses unto me both in Jerusalem, and in all Judaea, and in Samaria, and unto the uttermost part of the earth. Acts 1:8 evangelism Spirit strength
- But ye, beloved, building up yourselves on your most holy faith, praying in the Holy Ghost, Keep yourselves in the love of God, looking for the mercy of our Lord Jesus Christ unto eternal life. Jude 1:20-21 faith love Jesus
- Go ye therefore, and teach all nations, baptizing them in the name of the Father, and of the Son, and of the Holy Ghost: Teaching them to observe all things whatsoever I have commanded you: and, lo, I am with you always, even unto the end of the world. Matthew 28:19-20 evangelism baptism learning
- Teach me to do thy will; for thou art my God: thy spirit is good; lead me into the land of uprightness. Psalm 143:10 learning Spirit obedience
- For what man knoweth the things of a man, save the spirit of man which is in him? even so the things of God knoweth no man, but the Spirit of God. 1 Corinthians 2:11 Spirit thoughts understanding
- Then Peter said unto them, Repent, and be baptized every one of you in the name of Jesus Christ for the remission of sins, and ye shall receive the gift of the Holy Ghost. Acts 2:38 forgiveness Spirit baptism
- But when the Comforter is come, whom I will send unto you from the Father, even the Spirit of truth, which proceedeth from the Father, he shall testify of me. John 15:26 comforter Father Jesus
- The grace of the Lord Jesus Christ, and the love of God, and the communion of the Holy Ghost, be with you all. Amen. 2 Corinthians 13:14 grace blessing God
- And we are his witnesses of these things; and so is also the Holy Ghost, whom God hath given to them that obey him. Acts 5:32 obedience Spirit receiving
- But when they shall lead you, and deliver you up, take no thought beforehand what ye shall speak, neither do ye premeditate: but whatsoever shall be given you in that hour, that speak ye: for it is not ye that speak, but the Holy Ghost. Mark 13:11 speaking Spirit worrying
- When they heard this, they were baptized in the name of the Lord Jesus. And when Paul had laid his hands upon them, the Holy Ghost came on them; and they spake with tongues, and prophesied. Acts 19:5-6 baptism prophecy
- This is the word of the L ord unto Zerubbabel, saying, Not by might, nor by power, but by my spirit, saith the L ord of hosts. Zechariah 4:6 God Spirit strength
- As they ministered to the Lord, and fasted, the Holy Ghost said, Separate me Barnabas and Saul for the work whereunto I have called them. Acts 13:2 worship fasting Spirit
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21 Bible Verses About Joy
Happiness is fickle, and requires happy circumstances. Joy, on the other hand, sticks around. It doesn’t get chased off by trouble.
The author of Lamentations describes how happiness disappears when turmoil enters the scene:
My soul is bereft of peace; I have forgotten what happiness is. (Lamentations 3:17)
But the Holy Spirit supernaturally gives us great and lasting joy, even when we face affliction:
We want you to know, brothers, about the grace of God that has been given among the churches of Macedonia, for in a severe test of affliction, their abundance of joy and their extreme poverty have overflowed in a wealth of generosity on their part. (2 Corinthians 8:1-2)
In the English Standard Version of the Bible, the words “joy,” “rejoice,” or “joyful” appear a total of 430 times, compared with “happy” or “happiness,” which appear only ten times. Joy is lasting, and it satisfies the heart in a unique and marvelous way.
Joy is characteristic of God’s people, found in his presence. As Pastor Colin says, “Christian joy flows from realizing our position in Christ: who you are in him, and what he has done for you.”
Here are 21 Bible verses about joy to encourage you when circumstances look bigger than Christ:
Sorrow and suffering will pass, but joy continues in spite of hardship. Eternal joy is promised to come and, when it does, it lasts.
1. Psalm 30:5
For his anger is but for a moment, and his favor is for a lifetime. Weeping may tarry for the night, but joy comes with the morning.
2. Romans 5:1-5
Therefore, since we have been justified by faith, we have peace with God through our Lord Jesus Christ. Through him we have also obtained access by faith into this grace in which we stand, and we rejoice in hope of the glory of God. Not only that, but we rejoice in our sufferings, knowing that suffering produces endurance, and endurance produces character, and character produces hope, and hope does not put us to shame, because God’s love has been poured into our hearts through the Holy Spirit who has been given to us.
3. John 16:22
So also you have sorrow now, but I will see you again, and your hearts will rejoice, and no one will take your joy from you.
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Unlike happiness, joy is true satisfaction. Several times, God’s Word describes joy as “full” or “complete.” Joy satisfies the heart in a way that temporary happiness never can.
4. Psalm 4:7
You have put more joy in my heart than they have when their grain and wine abound.
5. John 15:11
These things I have spoken to you, that my joy may be in you, and that your joy may be full.
6. Philippians 2:1-2
So if there is any encouragement in Christ, any comfort from love, any participation in the Spirit, any affection and sympathy, complete my joy by being of the same mind, having the same love, being in full accord and of one mind.
7. 1 Peter 1:8-9
Though you have not seen him, you love him. Though you do not now see him, you believe in him and rejoice with joy that is inexpressible and filled with glory, obtaining the outcome of your faith, the salvation of your souls.
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Throughout the Old and New Testaments, fullness of joy is found in the presence of the Lord.
8. 1 Chronicles 16:27
Splendor and majesty are before him; strength and joy are in his place.
9. Psalm 5:11
But let all who take refuge in you rejoice; let them ever sing for joy, and spread your protection over them, that those who love your name may exult in you.
10. Psalm 16:11
You make known to me the path of life; in your presence there is fullness of joy; at your right hand are pleasures forevermore.
11. Roman 14:17
For the kingdom of God is not a matter of eating and drinking but of righteousness and peace and joy in the Holy Spirit .
No power of positive thinking can bring lasting joy. Instead, joy is a supernatural work of the Holy Spirit in us, and characterizes the people of God.
12. Esther 8:16
The Jews had light and gladness and joy and honor.
13. 1 Kings 8:66
On the eighth day he sent the people away, and they blessed the king and went to their homes joyful and glad of heart for all the goodness that the Lord had shown to David his servant and to Israel his people.
14. Galatians 5:22-23
But the fruit of the Spirit is love, joy, peace, patience, kindness, goodness, faithfulness, gentleness, self-control; against such things there is no law.
Building our own kingdoms and following our agendas may offer temporary joy, but not lasting joy. Building God’s kingdom offers a special joy that can’t be replicated.
15. Luke 10:17
The seventy-two returned with joy, saying, “Lord, even the demons are subject to us in your name!”
16. Luke 15:6-7
And when he comes home, he calls together his friends and his neighbors, saying to them, ‘Rejoice with me, for I have found my sheep that was lost.’ Just so, I tell you, there will be more joy in heaven over one sinner who repents than over ninety-nine righteous persons who need no repentance.
17. Acts 15:3
So, being sent on their way by the church, they passed through both Phoenicia and Samaria, describing in detail the conversion of the Gentiles, and brought great joy to all the brothers.
We are commanded to be glad, rejoice, and shout for joy. Joy is a deliberate act of obedience in response to who Christ is and what he has done.
18. Psalm 32:11
Be glad in the Lord, and rejoice, O righteous, and shout for joy, all you upright in heart!
19. Philippians 4:4
Rejoice in the Lord always; again I will say, rejoice.
20. Romans 12:12
Rejoice in hope, be patient in tribulation, be constant in prayer.
21. Romans 12:15
Rejoice with those who rejoice, weep with those who weep.
In happy or sad times, in comfort or difficulty, we find joy in the presence of the Lord. Focusing on Christ—who he is, what he’s done to save us, and his promise to keep us—brings a supernatural joy that can’t compare with temporary happiness.
Recommended Sermon: Bringing Joy to Jesus Christ by Pastor Colin Smith
How Is Joy a Fruit of the Spirit?
We rejoice in the Lord by focusing and seeing things about the Lord that cause joy to rise up in our hearts. That is the work of the Holy Spirit and the forming characteristic of joy in His fruit that grows within us.
Question: "what is the joy of the Lord?" Answer: the joy of the Lord is the gladness of heart that comes from knowing God, abiding in Christ, and being filled with the Spirit.
Just as a believer is commanded to love — a choice that leads to action that ultimately changes our attitudes — a believer is commanded to rejoice always.
We can choose to rejoice in who God is and in what He has done for us, regardless of our circumstances. Doing so changes our focus toward God rather than on us.
In Nehemiah 8:10 , he declared, “The joy of the Lord is my strength.” Joy comes from God. Through the work of the Holy Spirit, every believer is to grow the fruit of the Spirit, giving us God’s joy.
James, the brother of Jesus, writes that every good gift is from God ( James 1:17 ), administered through the Holy Spirit’s indwelling. The Spirit grows the fruit that makes us more like Christ, which manifests joy that flows out of our hearts and souls.
The Joy of the Lord as Displayed by Jesus
Jesus exemplified joy in His ministry. His enemies accused Him of being too joyful on occasion ( Luke 7:34 ).
Jesus described Himself as a bridegroom enjoying a wedding feast ( Mark 2:18-20 ), He “rejoiced in the Holy Spirit” ( Luke 10:21 ), He spoke of “my joy” ( John 15:11 ), and promised to give His disciples a lifetime supply of it ( John 16:24 ).
Joy is reflected in many of Jesus’ parables, including the three stories in Luke 15 , which mention “rejoicing in the presence of the angels” and end with a joyful shepherd, a joyful woman, and a joyful father.
God the Father provided Jesus with joy before His suffering on the cross so He could endure it ( Hebrews 12:2 ).
It is that very joy of God given through the Holy Spirit, that prepares us, allows us to experience, and carries us through trials that, without Him, could destroy our emotional and physical bodies.
The Joy of the Lord as Displayed by Believers
The early church was characterized by gladness and the joy of the Lord ( Acts 2:46 13:52), and “joy in the Holy Spirit” is a distinguishing mark of the kingdom of God ( Romans 14:17 ). Those who are part of the kingdom share in the kingdom’s delight.
From a Philippian jail cell, Paul and Silas were arrested and beaten without a trial. At midnight, they joyfully sang praises to the Lord ( Acts 16:25 ). God protected and blessed them.
During trials, God can give us peace that passes all understanding ( Philippians 4:7 ) and the comfort to endure the trial.
After the apostles were arrested and beaten for preaching Christ, they returned home “rejoicing...” They followed Christ’s example, who had “for the joy set before him . . . endured the cross” ( Hebrews 12:2 ).
Joy is a characteristic of the fruit of the Spirit, so we can rejoice in the Lord ( Philippians 3:1 , 4:4; 1 Thessalonians 5:16 ).
In Christ, we are “filled with an inexpressible and glorious joy” ( 1 Peter 1:8 ) to prepare us for the ultimate joy when Jesus welcomes us into the joy of our master ( Matthew 25:21 ).
God rejoices, delights, and exults over us ( Zephaniah 3:17 ). What does “exult” mean? “To feel or show triumphant elation or jubilation” (Google Dictionary). God finds delight in rejoicing over His children.
We bring joy to God Himself. The angels rejoice when someone lost in sin is found ( Luke 15:10 ). At Jesus’ birth, the heavenly host of angels praised God with the good news of joy ( Luke 2:13 ).
When God restores broken fellowship, He says we will dance with joy ( Jeremiah 31:4 ). When we repent and are forgiven, the Psalmist says wailing was turned into dancing and clothed with joy ( Psalm 30:11 ).
Growing Joy Through Hardship and Endurance
James 1:2 tells us to count it all joy when we experience diverse trials, as it tests our faith and produces steadfastness in God so we can be made perfect and complete in Him.
Exhibiting joy during trials showcases our faith and trust in God’s faithfulness to us and keeps us centered on the “hope that is within us” as we can witness to others God’s working in our lives (I Peter 3:15).
We are to “rejoice in the Lord always” ( Philippians 4:4 ) and rejoice in our sufferings ( Romans 5:1-5 ) as we are found worthy to suffer for Christ’s sake ( Acts 5:41 ; 1 Peter 4:13 ). Knowing God carries us through our trials and enduring those trials makes us blessed ( 1 Peter 3:14 ), or, joyful.
After suffering, God restores us, making us strong, firm, and steadfast ( 1 Peter 5:10 ). Paul states our current sufferings do not compare to the eternal glory that is ours, outweighing them all ( 2 Corinthians 4:17 ).
Jesus taught that those who follow Him will suffer ( Matthew 5:35 ) for His name ( 2 Timothy 3:12 ) so we may have peace ( John 16:33 ), knowing it is God who completes the good work in us ( James 1:4 ).
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How Can We Rejoice Always During Times of Affliction?
1. Focus on God. Renew your mind daily ( Romans 12:2 ). Focusing on God keeps our minds stayed on Him, like Peter when he walked on water ( Matthew 14:28-29 ).
That focus gives us peace in the storm; it prepares us for what is coming to strengthen our faith, our confidence (hope), and our endurance to complete our course ( Hebrews 12:1 ).
Follow Paul’s instructions ( Philippians 4:8-9 ), focusing on God’s goodness and His character traits of whatever is true, noble, right, pure, lovely, and admirable.
We are to think (renew the mind) on things that are excellent and praiseworthy ( Psalm 106:47 ). This brings about God’s peace and joy.
God’s ways give joy and direction ( Psalm 19:8 ). The joy He gives through psalms (praises), hymns of joy and thanksgiving, and spiritual songs (worship) will uplift the heart ( Ephesians 5:19 ).
David declares that even when his enemies surround him, God will keep him safe and sheltered. He shouts with a sacrifice of joy and singing, making music to the Lord ( Psalm 27:6 ).
He offers it as a sacrifice . David must consciously act in his faith, thinking of God’s goodness, protection, and shelter by giving a sacrifice — something not naturally on his mind.
Hebrews 13:15 reinforces this: “let us continually offer to God a sacrifice of praise — the fruit of lips that openly profess His name.” This will change our focus in our storm.
2. Focus on others. Suffering trials and troubles may be for the purpose of ministering to others when they go through similar trials ( 2 Corinthians 1:4 ).
Jesus experienced suffering so He could identify with us when we are suffering ( Hebrews 2:18 ).
We can witness God’s faithfulness and help other believers rejoice (find joy) in God’s goodness and faithfulness to them.
God uses us to encourage and build up others ( Hebrews 10:24-25 ). When we focus on helping others, we serve as God’s ministers, placing others above our interests ( Romans 12:10 ; 1 Corinthians 12:25 ).
3. Getting to joy. Actively focusing on God, His Word, and His goodness followed by focusing on the needs of others changes our perspective, over time.
The Apostle Paul reminded the Philippians (4:4-7) to rejoice always, regardless of circumstances.
And Paul certainly experienced his times of suffering ( 2 Corinthians 11:24-27 ) and yet he understood what it all meant ( Romans 8:18 ).
His Joy Is Our Strength
The joy of the Lord is our strength ( Nehemiah 8:10 ). In our weakness, we are made strong ( 2 Corinthians 12:9 ). His joy can be our joy through His strength. Our strength is found in the Lord’s joy ( Isaiah 51:11-12 ), trusting Him to carry us through our trials.
God does everything in our lives for our good so we can be made more into the image of Jesus. And we can boldly approach God to ask and rely on Him for help, as our trials drive us to communion with God!
Look at your life through the lens of God’s joy. When viewed through that lens, we can “rejoice in the Lord always” and give Him the glory. Rejoice in hope, be patient in tribulation, and be constant in prayer ( Romans 12:12 ).
Growing joy lets us experience that which God is bringing into our lives. God is good ( Nahum 4:7 , Psalm 34:8 , James 1:17 , Romans 2:4 ) and working on our behalf.
We can boldly proclaim that God is in control, so we do not have to fret, fear, or work out our own salvation in the circumstances. We know He is always there to see us through, protect, comfort, and strengthen us through His joy.
As we abide in Christ, the True Vine, we the branches are full of His strength and vitality, and the fruit we produce, including joy, is His doing ( John 15:5 ).
For further reading:
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Joy is one of the most prominent themes of the Bible. From the very beginning, God’s plan for mankind has been to bring us joy and peace. Throughout the Bible, we see stories of joy in response to God’s blessings and celebration of His promises. In the Old Testament, the Israelites rejoiced and sang songs of joy when they escaped from the Egyptians and made their way to the Promised Land. In the New Testament, Jesus brings joy to those who follow Him, and encourages others to do the same. The Apostle Paul also speaks of joy in his letters, urging believers to be joyful even in difficult circumstances. The Bible teaches us that joy is a gift from God, and that it is something to be celebrated and shared with others.
Bible verses about joy can help Christians who may be going through a difficult season as a reminder of calm happiness through faith in God. Joy is rooted in who God is. It is not fleeting or based on circumstances. Worldly possessions, accomplishments, even the people in our lives, are blessings that make us happy and fuel joyfulness. However, the Bible teaches that the source of all joy is Jesus. God’s plan from the beginning, the Word made flesh to dwell among us, is rock solid, allowing us to navigate difficult situations without happiness while sustaining our joy.
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Romans 15:13 ~ May the God of hope fill you with all joy and peace in believing, so that by the power of the Holy Spirit you may abound in hope.
Romans 12:12 ~ Rejoice in hope, be patient in tribulation, be constant in prayer.
Philippians 4:4 ~ Rejoice in the Lord always; again I will say, rejoice.
James 1:2 ~ Count it all joy, my brothers, when you meet trials of various kinds,
Galatians 5:22 ~ But the fruit of the Spirit is love, joy, peace, patience, kindness, goodness, faithfulness,
John 16:24 ~ Until now you have asked nothing in my name. Ask, and you will receive, that your joy may be full.
Proverbs 17:22 ~ A joyful heart is good medicine, but a crushed spirit dries up the bones.
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Psalms 47:1, ecclesiastes 9:7, proverbs 10:28, 1 peter 1:8-9, romans 15:13.
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Psalms 27:6, isaiah 35:10, proverbs 15:23, psalms 30:5.
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The beginning of a new year can inspire us to reflect on the past and contemplate the future. As we enter 2024, we can celebrate the opportunity God has given us to be alive at this time and pray for God’s power to work in every situation we face. Here are ten prayers for the year 2024 to use for a diverse variety of situations in our lives, the lives of our family and friends, and the world around us. These prayers can help us connect to God in whatever circumstances we encounter during 2024.
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1. Prayer for New Year’s Resolutions and Self-Improvement
Dear God, as we enter this new year, please give us the wisdom to discern your will for our lives. Help us set meaningful and purposeful New Year’s resolutions, aligning our desires with your perfect plan. Guide us in self-improvement, so we can become more like Jesus in our thoughts, words, and actions. Help us build healthy habits of prayer and meditation to stay in close communication with you throughout this year. Motivate us to read and study your Word the Bible regularly, enjoy worship regularly, and build relationships with our fellow believers , so we can keep growing spiritually. Help us notice your presence with us each day and night. When we face challenges this year, strengthen our resolve to persevere and remember that Jesus tells us in Matthew 19:26 that “ with God all things are possible .” May the power of your Holy Spirit empower us to overcome challenges and to keep growing closer to you. As we begin this journey of self-improvement, let your Word be a lamp on our feet and a light on our path as you say in Psalm 119:105 . We trust you, the Light of the World , to direct us and illuminate the way forward. May the resolutions we make reflect a desire to honor you in every aspect of our lives. Our hope is in you, God. Amen.
2. Prayer for the World
Almighty God, our fallen world is going through so many difficulties right now. We pray for your peace , justice, and righteousness to prevail in every part of the earth. Bring healing to all nations, and let your love transcend borders and boundaries. Grant wisdom to world leaders as they navigate the challenges of our time. Help everyone around the world cooperate to take good care of nature on our shared planet. Motivate us all to resolve conflicts and care for each other as your global family. May your kingdom come, and your will be done on earth as it is in heaven, as Jesus prays in Matthew 6:10 . We specifically lift up regions experiencing wars and other disasters right now. Please intervene and inspire your people there and everyone worldwide to love our enemies and spread your grace and mercy . May your love flow freely through our brothers and sisters in Christ around the world, pointing people to the hope you offer everyone . Show us how you want us to participate in your redemptive work, sharing the Gospel with people and choosing intentional kindness in all our relationships. Thank you, God. Amen.
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3. Prayer for Noticing the Wonder of God’s Work
Our wonderful Creator, as we journey through this year, open our eyes to the wonder of your work in our lives . Help us appreciate what nature shows us about your awe-inspiring qualities , since Romans 1:19-20 tells us that we can learn more about who you are from the natural world you have created. In the middle of our daily routines, help us recognize your presence and connect with you so we can experience joy in any situation . Show us glimpses of your work as we manage our day-to-day responsibilities, so we can stay awake to your wonder when life feels boring . Help us build breaks into our schedules to intentionally search for you – making time for activities like wonder walks – since you promise us in Jeremiah 29:13 that we will find you when we seek you with all our heart. Both Proverbs 9:10 and Psalm 111:10 tell us that the “fear of the Lord is the beginning of wisdom.” As we develop a sense of awe and reverence for you, we look forward to growing wiser. Help us make the best choices this year to build strong relationships with you and join you in your wonderful redemptive work in our world. We love you, God. Amen.
4. Prayer for Family Members
Gracious God, as we move into the new year, we’re grateful for our families. Please bless our homes and relationships with each other. May your love flow between us as we open our hearts up to you. Strengthen the bonds between us all: parents and children, siblings, grandparents, and extended family. May our households be places where your presence is honored, and your name is glorified. Guide us in our relationships and help us support one another in faith. Give us the patience and wisdom to navigate the challenges that we face together and to resolve conflicts that arise between us. As we seek to grow closer to you individually, let our collective faith be a source of encouragement and inspiration within our families. Let us be a household that serves you together, like Joshua 24:15 mentions. May the love we share reflect the sacrificial love of Jesus , creating a legacy of faith for generations to come. Thank you, our loving Father. Amen.
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5. Prayer for Friends
Dear God, thank you for the gift of friendship. Please bless our friends with strength , peace of mind , and joy throughout this year. Strengthen our bonds of friendship and give us the grace to be true friends who share your love with each other. May our relationships be a source of encouragement, accountability, and mutual growth. Let our friendships reflect what you exhort us to do in Proverbs 17:17 : “A friend loves at all times”. In times of joy , may we celebrate together, and in times of sorrow , may we comfort and help each other. As we navigate through life together, let our friendships be grounded in our relationships with you. Please deepen our connections with our friends who share our faith , so we can spur one another on toward love and good deeds, as you ask us to do in Hebrews 10:24 . We love you, God. Amen.
6. Prayer for Spiritual Growth
Holy God, in this new year, we want to grow in holiness so we can build closer relationships with you. Please fill us with your Holy Spirit and help us develop all the fruit of the Spirit that you mention in Galatians 5:22-23 – love, joy, peace, patience, kindness, goodness, faithfulness, gentleness, and self-control. Help us to make our relationships with you our first priority, devoting our time to connecting with you and living our lives with purpose . May our faith be evident in all aspects of our lives. As we open ourselves to your transforming power, reveal areas where we need to surrender more fully to your will. Help us hunger and thirst for righteousness, as you call us to in Matthew 5:6 . Surround us with a community that encourages and challenges us in our journey of faith. May our spiritual growth be a testimony to your grace, drawing others to seek you as the ultimate source of hope. Amen.
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7. Prayer for Guidance in Decisions
Wise and loving Father, as we face decisions this year, we seek your guidance to make the best decisions. Please give us discernment in every choice we make. May our decisions line up with your perfect will and bring glory to your name. As Proverbs 3:5-6 urges us to do, we will trust in your with all our hearts and not lean on our own understanding , submitting to you to direct our paths. Send us clarity when we face uncertainty, and peace when the way forward seems unclear. God, help us be loving and humble as well as wise when we make our decisions this year. As we trust in your plan, give us the courage we need to say “yes” when you call us to say or do anything this year. Thank you, God. Amen.
8. Prayer for Those Facing Challenges
Compassionate God, please help the people we know who will face challenges in the coming year. Be their refuge and strength, an ever-present help in times of trouble, as you promise in Psalm 46:1 . May they find comfort, encouragement, and hope from you. Please give them the strength to endure, the courage to persevere, and the faith to trust in your unfailing love. Let them experience your grace and see your hand at work in their lives. Please guide navigating health concerns, financial hardships, or relationship struggles. May they find hope in your promises . May they experience the peace that transcends all understanding that Philippians 4:7 says can guard their hearts and minds. Surround them with a community of support and help them bear each other’s burdens and find strength in unity. In the middle of their challenges, may they witness the transformative power of your love and emerge stronger in their faith. Amen.
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9. Prayer for Bold Witness and Evangelism
Dear God, this year, empower us to be bold witnesses for your kingdom. Fill our hearts with a burning desire to share the good news of salvation with those who don’t yet know you. Help us approach you with confidence in prayer . Give us opportunities to speak about your love, grace, and redemption. In a world that often lacks hope, let our lives reflect the hope we have in you. Equip us with the right words and actions to make your Gospel known far and wide as you call us to in Matthew 28:19-20 , so others may come to experience the joy of knowing you. Use us as vessels of your light in a world that needs your saving grace. Give us the discernment to recognize divine appointments and the courage to speak truth in love. We love you, God. Amen.
10. Prayer for Gratitude and Contentment
Heavenly Father, we’re thankful for the abundant blessings you have poured into our lives. Help us cultivate a spirit of thankfulness and contentment, recognizing that every good and perfect gift comes from you, as James 1:17 reveals. In a world that often encourages us to seek more, may we find satisfaction in your presence and the richness of your love. Teach us to appreciate not only the extraordinary moments of our lives, but also the wonder of your work in ordinary moments. May our hearts overflow with gratitude, prompting us to share your love and goodness with those around us. As we count our blessings, may we become vessels of your generosity and compassion.
In conclusion, we can approach this new year with confidence when we connect with God regularly through prayer. God is always available and eager to communicate with us. So, let’s seek God by praying about everything as we go through the year, and let’s look forward to the many wonderful ways God will answer our prayers this year.
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Acts 13:52 King James Version
52 And the disciples were filled with joy, and with the Holy Ghost.