Congregational Prayer: September 8, 2013…

Our Holy Father and our God, we give You thanks for what Jesus has done for us. We were blind. We were your enemies. We could not see or understand spiritual things. We could not pray and be heard. As Paul writes, we were without Christ in the world.

Yet by Your Spirit, O God, You have taken us, changed hearts…taken hearts of stone and given us hearts of flesh…taken us from death and given us life, life everlasting in Your Son, our Savior, Jesus Christ. Lord, our thanks for that here are no doubt incomplete and imperfect. You know our frames, O God, You know our weaknesses, You know our sin, You know everything about us. And we trust, O God, in Your Word, that tells us that You will complete the good work begun in us, of making us like Your Son. And when time ends for us, when the day of Jesus Christ comes for us, You will make us as much like Him as creation can be. Until that day, O God, we know that You are about that good work.

We pray, Father, that in that work we would be willing participants.

Father, we know that at the end of the day we have to repent of us. We have to repent of our righteousness, because we have none of our own. We will be constantly thinking that there was something about us…but there is really nothing about us that was lovely to You. But instead, You loved us of your own good pleasure and have given us to Your Son, simply because it pleased You.

We pray, Father, by Your Spirit help us to not cling to who and what we were, but instead to turn our backs on what lies behind, and to move forward, to work toward that goal. Guide us by Your Holy Spirit, O God, strengthen us, that those things might come about.

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