Prayer, based on Isaiah 49

Listen carefully, everyone throughout the whole earth: Before we were born the LORD called us; from our birth he has made mention of our names. We did not decide one day to leave behind our old ways and just “become” righteous in God’s eyes;

the Lord gave us faith, and knew the work of the Lord in our soul long before we were ever aware that Deity was working in us.

God said to the people of old, and still says of us today, “You are my servants, my people, in whom I will display my splendor.” God works among us; the Lord shapes and directs our lives, and those around can see it. There are times when we feel that we have labored to no purpose; that we have spent our strength in vain and for nothing. Yet what is being done in us is by the LORD’s hand, and any reward we will ever receive is from God’s grace towards us. We ask for forgiveness for anything that we might to do blur the image of Your presence in us, Lord. We want people to see Jesus when they look in our lives; to see and be attracted to the redeeming work You have been doing all along.

The One who made us will also make us light among those who live in spiritual darkness, that we may bring the salvation message of Jesus to people everywhere – from here in our town to all over the world.

This is what the LORD says– the Redeemer and Holy One of Israel– to Christ who was despised and abhorred by the nation, to the servant of rulers: “Kings will see you and rise up, princes will see and bow down, because of the LORD, who is faithful, the Holy One of Israel, who has chosen you.”

As we move through this Lenten season, we ask that Christ be seen and lifted up in our lives. We want to live after Jesus’ example; not for any glory that we might receive, but all for the honor of Your name, God. We join our hearts as we pray together as Jesus taught us, saying, OUR FATHER…


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