Almighty God You oversaw the history of mankind and prepared the world for the coming of Christ. Let us trust and follow Your direction for our lives…But when the fullness of time had come, God sent forth his Son, born of woman, born under the law, to redeem those who were under the law, so that we might receive adoption as sons.
Lord Jesus Christ, Son of God, You became a man in order that You might die to pay the penalty for the sin of mankind, help us to trust You only for salvation and growth in grace as Your disciples, following Your desire for all of mankind… and Jesus called them to him and said to them, “You know that those who are considered rulers of the Gentiles lord it over them, and their great ones exercise authority over them. But it shall not be so among you. But whoever would be great among you must be your servant, and whoever would be first among you must be slave of all. For even the Son of Man came not to be served but to serve, and to give his life as a ransom for many.”
Your Gospels present viewpoints of Christ that help us understand Your life and mission, by Your grace help us to be a part of that mission for your local church, responding in the right way to the portraits of Christ in the Gospels. “Now Jesus did many other signs in the presence of the disciples, which are not written in this book; but these are written so that you may believe that Jesus is the Christ, the Son of God, and that by believing you may have life in his name.”
Lord Jesus You began building Your Church through the power of the Holy Spirit and willing, faithful believers. Help me to be faithful, available, and teachable to spread the gospel worldwide. You say to us in Your Word, “It is not for you to know times or seasons that the Father has fixed by his own authority. 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.”
Lord, You expect believers to take the gospel around the world in the power of the Holy Spirit. Despite obstacles, let us value and pray for your church leaders… ”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.” Then after fasting and praying they laid their hands on them and sent them off.”
Paul’s letters to Timothy and Titus give a firm Biblical foundation for the organization and operation of the local church, comprised of born again believers, by them we are to know and live out the doctrine of salvation…”if you put these things before the brothers, you will be a good servant of Christ Jesus, being trained in the words of the faith and of the good doctrine that you have followed.”
Lord Jesus, You offer salvation to the lost and then provide those who respond in faith with opportunities to grow and serve maintaining church unity and purity by the Spirit’s power…”therefore, since we have been justified by faith, we have peace with God through our Lord Jesus Christ.”
Lord, You have given direction to the churches in addressing sin and false doctrine in our midst, we are to maintain church unity and purity by the Spirit’s power…”but I say, walk by the Spirit, and you will not gratify the desires of the flesh.”
We understand from Your Word that you want the members of Your church to live holy lives and to grow in grace and in the knowledge of You being proactive in our sanctification...”I therefore, a prisoner for the Lord, urge you to walk in a manner worthy of the calling to which you have been called, with all humility and gentleness, with patience, bearing with one another in love, eager to maintain the unity of the Spirit in the bond of peace.”
Your Word has vital truths that give us guidance for godly living by valuing God’s Word as our guide for the Christian life…”count it all joy, my brothers, when you meet trials of various kinds, for you know that the testing of your faith produces steadfastness. And let steadfastness have its full effect, that you may be perfect and complete, lacking in nothing.
Lord Jesus, You finished Your work of redemption on the cross and in Heaven You are caring out Your work of intercession on behalf of believers who have put their faith in You, our great high priest…”since then we have a great high priest who has passed through the heavens, Jesus, the Son of God, let us hold fast our confession.”
We know that You expect Your churches to be committed to You upon Your return for them at the rapture living our lives in light of Christ’s return…”for God has not destined us for wrath, but to obtain salvation through our Lord Jesus Christ, who died for us so that whether we are awake or asleep we might live with him. Therefore encourage one another and build one another up, just as you are doing.”
Father, You have a plan for the end times that will bring You Glory in a just and righteous manner praising the Lamb of God for eternal life…”then I looked, and I heard around the throne and the living creatures and the elders the voice of many angels, numbering myriads of myriads and thousands of thousands, saying with a loud voice,”
“Worthy is the Lamb who was slain,
to receive power and wealth and wisdom and might
and honor and glory and blessing!”