We thank you for sending Jesus Christ, your Son, so that we might believe in him and receive eternal life. We do not want to be among those who would hear this message from Jesus and yet reject him all the same.
We grasp the fact that our eternity depends upon our response to Jesus Christ. We receive him and believe in him so that we might be born again – born from above – and be able enter your kingdom.
We receive this free gift of eternal life, which we cannot earn or strive to achieve. It can only come from you. This is in fact why you sent your Son, so that we might believe in him. Cleanse and renew us now by your Holy Spirit’s power.
Let Christ now increase as we each decrease. Let us be who you make us, nothing more, or less or other than who we now are, in Christ.
Thank you for giving us the perfect Savior in the person of Jesus Christ your Son. Help us to always be ready to obey him, even when we are not sure where obedience will lead. And allow us, through this process to develop greater intimacy with you.
Then Father, when we look at the religious leaders, we realize that we may be in that position today in relation to others. Help us to always be an encouragement to those who need to grow in their faith. Help us further to make it easier for those who don’t know you to come to know you personally.
Help us to be stepping stones rather than stumbling blocks to other people’s faith.
We thank you for sending Jesus Christ your Son, the eternal and living Word of God, to reveal you to us. We also gladly trust in him as the Lamb of God who takes away the sins of the world. As those who believe, we thank you for giving us the right to become children of God.
We thank you for the new birth that comes to us by faith in Christ. We thank you for this new eternal life. We also see our need to be true disciples of Jesus and to be disciple-makers ourselves. Help us to be part of the movement to multiply committed followers of Christ, the Messiah.
We receive the life that you offer and we pray that you would allow us to see many others come to faith in you.
And we pray all of this through Jesus Christ our Lord,
It is truly amazing that you could lay down your life for our sake, knowing that you would rise from the dead shortly after. We do not want to be slow of heart to believe all that the prophets have spoken. Help us to understand, just as you helped those early disciples, all that is written in the Scriptures concerning yourself.
We believe that everything written about you in the Low of Moses, the Prophets and the Psalms must be fulfilled. Much of that was fulfilled by you in your first coming. We await all that has yet to be fulfilled with eagerness.
Help us now also to be fully engaged in the work of proclaiming repentance and forgiveness of sins to all nations. Please clothe us with power from on high, the power of your Holy Spirit as we now give our lives completely to serving you.
We trust you as our Savior and worship you as our Lord,