Call to Prayer: Psalm 34:22           

The LORD redeems the life of his servants; none of those who take refuge in him will be condemned.

Time of Gratitude

“Give thanks always and for everything to God the Father in the name of our Lord Jesus Christ” (Eph. 5:20).

Take this time to give thanks to God for three (3) specific things from the last 24 hours.

Praying the Lord’s Prayer: “Thy kingdom come, thy will be done on earth as it is in heaven”

Lord we fight for our own kingdoms with a fervor that never ceases to surprise me—our kingdom; our will. But you show us a better way. You trade our sad, failing kingdom for your own. Our wills traded in for the wise rulings of a King whose ways are above our ways and whose thoughts are better than my thoughts. Your kingdom will stand, ours is already falling. We submit with joy to your leading in our lives today. Amen.

Scripture Reading from the Gospels: John 5:19–29

  1. How do you see the sovereignty of God in this passage?
  2. How might God be calling you into obedience today?

Praying the Mission of Exchange: “Equip the People of God”

Virtue to Cultivate: Faith

Lord, begin a new work of Faith in our hearts. We pray you would bring to life the embers of faith we once had in your goodness, your salvation, your sovereignty in the world. We ask for you forgiveness that we have allowed other things to take your place, to comfort us and console us in times of trouble. Thank you that you have promised to help us believe, even in this we are not left to our strength.

Commission to Serve the King:
1 Peter 4:10–11

As each has received a gift, use it to serve one another, as good stewards of God’s varied grace: whoever speaks, as one who speaks oracles of God; whoever serves, as one who serves by the strength that God supplies—in order that in everything God may be glorified through Jesus Christ. To him belong glory and dominion forever and ever.