Call to Prayer: Psalm 86:4–5
Gladden the soul of your servant, for to you, O Lord, do I lift up my soul. For you, O Lord, are good and forgiving, abounding in steadfast love to all who call upon you.
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”
Thank you that you gently pry our hands open, taking what is not true treasure and replacing it with what is incorruptible and eternal. We confess our pride and self-sufficiency. We confess that we think we have this under control. But in your mercy you show us a better way—that our sin and twisted ways will find their answers in your holiness. The injustice, the sickness, the homelessness, the deeply sad hopelessness will find their rest in only in you. We cannot fix this. So come Lord Jesus, we’re waiting for you. In Jesus’ name, Amen.
Scripture Reading from the Gospels: Matthew 9:1–13
- How do you see the sovereignty of God in this passage?
- How might God be calling you into obedience today?
Praying the Mission of Exchange: “Equip the People of God”
Virtue to Cultivate: Holiness
Thank you that you have saved us and called us to a holy life—not because of anything we have done but because of your own purpose and grace. Thank you that this grace was given us in Christ Jesus before the beginning of time. Help us seek to live lives that are holy not to highlight our own merit, but to shine a spotlight on the work that you have done and are doing.
Commission to Serve the King:
Put on then, as God’s chosen ones, holy and beloved, compassionate hearts, kindness, humility, meekness, and patience, bearing with one another and, if one has a complaint against another, forgiving each other; as the Lord has forgiven you, so you also must forgive.