We thank you for enduring the cross in our place so that our sins can be forgiven. We thank you for humbling yourself beyond anything we can imagine for our sake. Teach us now to live for you and teach us to live like you did, to the glory of the Father and for the benefit of others.
Help us to love even as you did, even to the point of death. And help us to forgive those who sin against us, even as we have been forgiven.
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.
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.