For All Who Serve In The Church
Dearest Abba, our God and Father, as we draw nearer to the close of another week, with the view of upcoming opportunities to gather with Your Holy Body in worship, we lift up to You with grateful hearts all who serve as pastors, teachers, deacons, deaconesses, elders, church workers, musicians, artists, and writers - whom You have called and gifted in special capacities to be servants of Your holy word. We bring before Your remembrance also all missionaries and all who serve in ways great or small in Your Church - which is all of us who are the royal priesthood of all believers, called to be saints and servants of the Most High.
Father, please grant to us all - in our capacities among Your Body - the anointing of Your Holy Spirit according to our gifts and callings within the purposes for which You have granted them. Impart Your wisdom and direction in all things. Let us all be of one mind with You, in all that needs to be communicated, so that the Word, and the Spirit of the Word that goes forth from us, is as You would have it to be - in Your concern, gentleness, and humility - for the eternal wellbeing of all, that it may bring grace, strength, growth, and encouragement in Your truth, that all the saints may be brought to the fullness of the stature of Christ. Where necessary let admonishment - the truth in love - also be spoken firmly yet gently. And let all hunger and thirst for a life of prayer and Your Holy Word.
Help us to remember to put on the Mind of Christ, and grant us repentant hearts where our attitude has not been one of humility, forsaking self and vainglory. Cause us to love as You have loved us. Please, Abba, forgive us where we have failed, but let us not despair or draw back in our failure, but come to that magnificent banquet table, in the presence of our enemies, to which You have brought us in the Blessed Sacrament of our Lord’s Body and Blood, there to receive Your healing and forgiveness, as we taste and see that our Lord is good! For this we give You thanks and praise, as we come as we are in our need which only You can satisfy.
Father, please bless and guard from temptation of the evil one, the world, or the flesh all who serve in Your Church. Guard them from deception and cover them with the blood of Jesus Christ, so that they will not become stumbling blocks to those in their care, nor themselves be unfruitful in their service. Please grant to all, as Paul prayed, a spirit of wisdom and of revelation in the knowledge of Jesus Christ. Let the eyes of our heart be enlightened, so that we will know what is the hope of Your calling, what are the riches of the glory of Your inheritance in the saints, and what is the surpassing greatness of Your power toward us who believe. And then let this vision energize us with zeal, hope, and faithfulness in the challenging times into which You have sent us.
Let us remember that as our Master is, so we are to be - the servants of all. In His name, our Lord and Savior Jesus Christ, we pray. Amen.
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