Prayer for July 8-14, 2018
Sermon Text: Mark 6:1-13
That we may move beyond our settled assumptions to receive your gifts and carry on your ministry
Jesus, we rejoice in your wise instruction. We rejoice that You proclaim God’s nearness and call us to repentance so that we may enter into the life of freedom and joy that God intends for us. We rejoice that You are able to heal and liberate from the dominating power of impure spirits.
But we are saddened and sorry that in our easy familiarity with You and our lack of trust in You, we often limit your ability to do works of healing and liberation among us.
Forgive us for our settled assumptions about what You are able to do. Forgive us for closing and hardening our hearts to your life-giving works.
Forgive us! Transform us! Energize us!
Send us to neighbors near and far in order to tell about what You have done among us, and to act as your agents of healing and liberation. As we act as agents of your reign, help us not to be overly concerned about the provisions we are able to assemble, but to trust You to energize us, help us, and fill us with your own courage and compassion. Amen.