God of All,
When Joshua sent the spies into Jericho, Rahab-a prostitute- hid them because she believed that God would give the Israelites the land. She and those with her were the only ones spared when Jericho fell. [Joshua 2: 6:17] You recognized and saved Zacchaeus, a despised tax collector. [Luke 19: 1-10] You reached out to a Samaritan woman so that she and many others would come to faith in You. [John 4: 1-42] A royal official, one who seemingly had many worldly possessions, had faith to seek You for healing for his son, and believed when You spoke the word that his son would live. [John 4: 43-54]
Israel was chosen by You to be the seed from which the Messiah came. You always intended to bless all people on earth through them. [Genesis 12: 3] Before your ascension, you told your followers, through the power of the Holy Spirit, to be your witnesses in Jerusalem, and in all Judea and Samaria, and to the ends of the earth. [Acts 1: 8] LORD Jesus, where are you sending me? Where are you calling me to tell someone else about You? How do you want me to be of service to You? When I look around me, I want to see You, Jesus, in everyone I meet. Help me feed those who are hungry, give a drink to the thirsty, invite the stranger in, clothe those needing clothes, and look after those who are sick or in prison. [Matthew 25: 35-36] Each and every person needs You. You instruct us in your Word to be your witnesses. Your Spirit directs our thoughts, words and deeds. If we are faithful to follow your guidance, others around us will come to know You. “Greater love has no one than this: to lay down one’s life for one’s friends.” [John 15: 13] I lay down my life by obeying your instructions. You have chosen and appointed me to bear fruit that will last. [John 15: 16]
We will give thanks to You, LORD, with all of our hearts; we will tell of your wonderful deeds. We will be glad and rejoice in You; we will sing the praises of your name, O Most High. [Psalm 9: 1-2] For yours alone are the kingdom, the power and the glory, forever. In the great name of Jesus, we pray. AMEN.