“Serve the LORD with fear, and rejoice with trembling.” (Psalm 2:11, ESV)
Lord God Almighty, ruler of the kings of the earth, enthroned on high over all the nations. Who will call you to account? Who can challenge you, saying “You are doing wrong”? The builders of Babel erected their tower in a pitiful effort to even reach your glory. How foolish! You are God Most High. Your name is exalted above the heavens, exalted over the nations. How much more odious is the thought that the nations would rebel against your Anointed, your Messiah, your Christ! To him you have given all authority. Before him every knee shall bow. He reigns on high for his church, against his enemies. I thank you that you have granted me a heart of wisdom that sees your Anointed for who he is and that bows before him in repentance. Thank you, O my God, that Jesus has subdued me to himself, that he leads me as my Shepherd King and that he preserves and protects me from his and my enemies..
Lord Jesus, the only begotten of the Father, full of grace and truth, I ask for those you have given me to bear witness of you that you would grant them a heart of wisdom. Open their eyes to know you as the eternal Word of God, humbled in the flesh, exalted in glory. Grant them grace to turn from idols to serve you. May they kiss you in faith and repentance, that they might not perish but have eternal life. Holy Spirit, draw them into the refuge of union with Jesus Christ that they might find every blessing of salvation in him.
Holy Father, protect me from the lust of the eyes, the lust of the flesh and the pride of life upon which my enemy the devil plays. Forgive me my rebellion that seeks independence of your rule. As the world woos me to its ways, may I resist, standing firm in the faith, my will inclined to yours. I ask that you would burst the bonds of foolishness that deceive those I am seeking for Christ into thinking they are autonomous, into thinking they have nothing to fear. The prophets of the evil one say, “Peace and safety.” Bring these souls to rest in the Prince of Peace.
I pray for my partners in the gospel that you help them to understand themselves as subjects of your Anointed One, soldiers in his everlasting kingdom. Strengthen their faith to press on amidst the ridicule of the world, confident that they fight in victory because Jesus lives as the one who conquered sin, death and Satan. May they truly desire that your kingdom would come and your will be done, and may they go labor on, spend and be spent for the sake of that kingdom.
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