Father God, we humbly ask that You would help us to live worthy of the calling that You have placed on our lives. Remind us that living out this calling requires us to live in humility, gentleness, patience, forbearance, holiness, and peace with each other. When we live like this, we become one body with one Spirit called to one hope with one Lord, one faith, and one baptism with one God and Father.
Lord Jesus, You have demolished the gates of hell, defeated death, and swung wide open the gates of heaven, so that all who choose You can freely enter in. You are the ultimate Conqueror whose reign fills the entire universe and who gives good gifts to all who are a part of Your kingdom. You did this to equip us to do Your work and build up Your body, the Church.
Every single one of us has been given gifts. No gift that You have given any one of us is too big, too small, more important or less important than another. As we come together in unity in our faith and knowledge of You and use our gifts exactly where You have placed us in Your body, may we grow in maturity measuring up to the fullness that we have available in You.
Teach us to hold on to Your Truth in love, becoming more and more like You. With You as the Head, may this whole body fit together perfectly. Remind us that when each of us uses our gifts and does our part within Your body, it helps the other parts to grow. May we, Your body, thrive in Your light and love rather than barely survive in the enemy’s darkness and fear.
Holy Spirit, keep us from living in confusion and fear with our hearts and minds full of darkness, away from the life of God. Keep us from ignoring Your divine guidance. Help us to completely shed the filthy rags of our old selves and our old ways of living. Remind us that in Jesus, we are made new with His nature and His Spirit in us. This should cause us to live like new image-bearers created in God’s likeness – righteous, holy, and true.
Keep us from grieving You, Holy Spirit, in our thoughts, words, and actions. Remind us that You Yourself have identified us as Your own and have sealed us with Jesus’ saving power for the day of redemption. You long for us and follow us unwaveringly as we continue to wrestle with our flesh, always pointing us to Jesus and His grace. You work to make us holy and finish the work that You have started in us.
Father, Son, and Spirit, may we never take You and Your work in our lives for granted!