In Luke 7, we get several stories that all point to Christ’s divine identity, revealing his power over sin, disease and even death. Response to him will be divided. Some see their need for him while others do not.
Dear Father in heaven,
We come before you in humility knowing that in ourselves there is nothing that would make us worthy to have you listen to our prayers. We truly have nothing to offer but our faith in Christ. We know that he came to proclaim forgiveness to sinners like ourselves, so we ask you to cleanse us of our sins.
We ask you to make us faithful intercessors, much like the centurion, with respect to those we love. Please hear the prayers that we offer up for others.
Help us to remain faithful in the midst of our own trials, even as John had to remain faithful in prison.
And as we recognize how great your forgiveness has been toward us, make us people who would show you great love.
Father in Heaven,
We thank you that Jesus did not come to call the righteous, but rather sinners in need of repentance. If you were looking for righteous people, you would never have chosen us.
We now ask you for your forgiveness, healing, cleansing and complete transformation. We want to know that we are new creatures in Christ.
And then, just like those earliest disciples, we want to be used by you to draw others into a relationship with Jesus. We ask that you would help us to “fish for people.” Like Levi’s friends, let us have the blessing of seeing our friends and family come to know you.
We know that we come to you as sinners, but that you have the ability to make us saints. Make us holy, please.
Dear heavenly Father,
Your people have often fallen into times of deep hypocrisy and in this chapter we see Jesus confront a group of people who were in one of those times.
Help us to be especially sensitive to the ways that our lives do not line up with your desires for us.
Let us always remember that you get to set the agenda in our lives individually and in the church.
And help us not to forget the importance of prayer. We know it can be really effective when we truly believe and consistently bring our requests before you.
We also know that before prayer comes a heart of forgiveness. Help us to be those people that refuse to hold grudges and refuse to let unforgiveness cloud our relationship with you.
And we thank you for all the ways and the times that you have forgiven us.