LORD of Hosts,
You are the LORD our God, who stirs up the sea so that its waves roar. [Isaiah 51: 15] Jesus, you came to earth as God’s servant, his chosen one, in whom his soul delights. Your Spirit is upon him & will bring forth justice to the nations. You are the one who created the heavens & stretched them out, who spread out the earth & what comes from it, who gives breath to the people you created & your spirit to those who walk in your way. [Isaiah 42: 1, 5] You are the One who says: “Fear not, for I have redeemed you; I have summoned you by name; you are mine.” [Isaiah 43: 1b] Just as you spoke to Jeremiah, you speak to us: “Before I formed you in the womb I knew you, before you were born I set you apart…” [Jeremiah 1: 5a] When I listen closely, I can hear you calling my name—just as you called: Hagar [Genesis 16: 7], Abraham [Genesis 22], Moses [Exodus 3], Samuel [1 Samuel 3], Martha [Luke 10], Peter [Luke 22: 31], Mary Magdalene [John 20: 16], Saul (who became Paul) [Acts 9: 4] & many others. Am I listening for your voice, LORD Jesus, or am I allowing other voices to drown it out? You created me to be in a relationship with you. In that relationship I find wholeness & peace.
You tell me to “Go & make disciples of all nations, baptizing them in the name of the Father, and of the Son & of the Holy Spirit, & teaching them to obey everything I have commanded you.” [Matthew 28: 19-20a] You want everyone to hear your voice calling their names. Make me like you, Father God, that I may love others as you have loved me. Help me love them enough to be bold in sharing your message of hope with them, so they can hear you calling their names. Forgive me when I focus on what is easy or comfortable for me, instead of on what you have called me to do. Help me to forgive others who have sinned against me-as on the cross you forgave your executioners. Help me to be faithful in praying for those who are lost-those who have not responded to your voice. I specifically pray for: ___________________________________________________________________________________________
You are the LORD, that is your name. You give your glory to no other, nor your praise to carved idols. [Isaiah 42: 8] You have said: “You are my witnesses, and my servant whom I have chosen, that you may know and believe me and understand that I am he. Before me no god was formed, nor shall there be any after me. [Isaiah 43: 10] You are the Holy One, the God & Father of all, the One who loves us & calls us by name. In Jesus’ name, we pray. AMEN.