Today’s New Testament reading comes from Philippians 2:5-11
New International Version (NIV)
5 In your relationships with one another, have the same mindset as Christ Jesus:
6 Who, being in very nature God,
did not consider equality with God something to be used to his own advantage;
7 rather, he made himself nothing
by taking the very nature of a servant,
being made in human likeness.
8 And being found in appearance as a man,
he humbled himself
by becoming obedient to death—
even death on a cross!
9 Therefore God exalted him to the highest place
and gave him the name that is above every name,
10 that at the name of Jesus every knee should bow,
in heaven and on earth and under the earth,
11 and every tongue acknowledge that Jesus Christ is Lord,
to the glory of God the Father.
God always blesses the reading of his word.
Join with me as we prepare to come before the Lord.
Father, as we experience the fourth Sunday in Lent, we pray that you will make us more like Jesus.
Father, make us nothing.
make us your servant.
make us obedient.
Father, make us nothing. Empty us as we prepare to stand at the edge of Easter—for the death and resurrection of your Son. Remove distractions from our hearts and minds so that we may better understand the depth and power of Christ’s death for our lives. Empty us so that we may be filled with the awe and terror of one being present at the foot of the cross.
Father, make us your servant. Put us to work. Let our work be your work. Let our hands be your hands. Bless those who speak for the silent, aid the lame, encourage the broken, and comfort the sick and grieving. Let our actions be a manifestation of the love you have for your people
Father, You are the great healer and we pray that you will touch those who are hurting. Wrap your loving arms around:
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Be with those who are grieving for lost loved ones. Comfort them. Remind them that this is our temporary home and that their loved ones are waiting, no longer in pain or suffering, and now part of your eternity.
Father, humble us. Just as your Son entered the world as man, giving up his place in your kingdom, keep us humble. Do not let us wrap ourselves in false confidence, but have us always seeking to learn, always seeking to teach, always seeking to meet others where they are. Remind us that we speak for You. Allow our words to be truthful as they are spoken with gentleness and kindness.
We pray for our leaders, Father. Give our leaders throughout the world a humble wisdom to walk a path that leads to peace. May their first thoughts be to bring people together, rather than tear apart. Bless our Pastors and church leaders as they seek to follow your will for Jarrettown church.
Father, make us obedient. Give us an unquenchable desire to seek your will for our lives. Give us an unquestionable passion to grow in our relationship with you, Father, Jehovah, Abba. We pray for the obedience to disregard the world’s distractions and walk the path you’ve placed before us.
Father, You are most exalted. Your name is above every name. The earth calls to You in the power of the storm and the silence of a breaking dawn. We are powerless to understand the power of your love. We are speechless at the grace and love You offer your children. We give thanks that You loved us enough to have your Son go to the cross that we may have eternal life.
Be with Nick as he delivers your Word. Inspire him, lift him up, and bless him as he teaches our children.
We bow down and proclaim that Jesus Christ is Lord and give all glory to you.
And all God’s people say, “Amen.”