Call to Prayer: Psalm 31:3–5
For you are my rock and my fortress; and for your name’s sake you lead me and guide me; you take me out of the net they have hidden for me, for you are my refuge. Into your hand I commit my spirit; you have redeemed me, O LORD, faithful God.
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 10:1–30
- 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: Love
We love (and can love) because you first loved us (1 John 4:10). Give us a greater understanding of what this even means, and that our confidence in your love for us would cultivate a greater love for you and for those around us. We confess that we often try to be loving in our own strength, and thank you that even in this you have not left us on our own. Make us lovable and loving creatures who mirror our Creator in your steadfast love.
Commission to Serve the King:
Owe no one anything, except to love each other, for the one who loves another has fulfilled the law.