By Your grace, Lord, You call us to be Your soldiers and servants. Help us not to be “fearful and fainthearted” (Deuteronomy 19:19). Help us to be “good soldiers of Jesus Christ” (2 Timothy 2:3). When we hear your challenging question: “Who is on the Lord’s side?”, may we give our committed answer: “By Thy call of mercy, by Thy grace divine, we are on the Lord’s side; Saviour, we are Thine.”
We thank You, Lord, for Your amazing love – “while we were Your enemies we were reconciled to You by the death of Your Son” (Romans 5:10); “Once we were no people but now we are Your people; once we had not received mercy but now we have received mercy” (1 Peter 2:10).
Help us, Lord, to be caring people. Where does this love for one another come from? It comes from Your love for us. Where there is a growing appreciation of Your love for us, there will be an increasing commitment to sharing Your love with others. Help us to love people without loving the ways of those who “live as enemies of the Cross of Christ” (Philippians 3:18). May our love for them be a true expression of Your love for them. May it call them to return to You, to be forgiven by You, to make a new beginning with You.
Show us, Lord, what we really are – without You. Make us, more truly and more fully, what You want us to become – by Your saving grace. Fill us with Your holiness – and fill us with Your love. You’ve lifted us out of our sin and into Your salvation. This is Your doing. It’s not our own achievement. we’re called to be Your holy people – but we dare not imagine that we’re better than everyone else. We’re set apart for You – but we must never forget that we’ll never be anything more than sinners, saved by Your grace. Your love has reached. Your love changes us. Make us more like Jesus – walking with You on the pathway of holiness and reaching out, in love, to others, inviting them to receive the Saviour’s love and respond to His call: “Follow Me” (Matthew 4:19).
We thank You, Lord, that You love us. We thank You that You have done great things for us. We think of Your great love. We think of all that You have done for us – and we say, “To God be the glory.”