Prayer: Grant almighty God that we, as your chosen and called out ones, would present to you our whole being as living sacrifices before you in our speech, thoughts, and conduct. Please grant to us a greater measure of your Spirit that we would live lives of self-denial, bearing the cross and demonstrating the willingness to obey the commands of your Word with fervent zeal. Forgive us, Lord, for how we are so easily turned aside to worthless things forgetting that you have given us your Word to guide us in a world that is contrary to you. We behold the ruin that sin has caused in your creation and creatures. We see it not only in those who reject you but also in those you have called out of darkness and placed into your marvelous light. We see it in ourselves, and we are ashamed. Yet, we are thankful that we are not treated as our sins deserve; that there is no condemnation for those who are in Christ Jesus. We praise you for the wisdom of your eternal purpose and plan to save us from sin and misery. Please help us and guide us in all our labors today. 

We do pray for the world in which we live. We mourn the rejection of the only hope they have. We are saddened to see your churches so empty where the bounty of your Word and the living hope contained within is opened and proclaimed. We long to see your churches full of true worshippers. We desire to see many come to faith in Christ, your beloved Son. Be pleased, Father, to save many as a God who delights in the forgiveness of sin we pray through Christ our Lord. Amen.

Scripture Meditation: 1 Peter 2:9-12; Rom. 12:1-2; Rom. 5:1

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