You are an all-powerful, all-loving, unchanging God. We, however, need to change because without change we will never experience growth.
Help us to see where we have fallen into spiritual ruts. Help us not to get stuck in the patterns of religiosity, in human traditions. Instead, let us learn to draw near to you in all reality, sincerity and truth.
Jesus has taught us by both word and example that our lives need to be grounded in the Scriptures.
Prevent us from either adding or taking away from your word, but rather establish us firmly in it.
And from that foundation, bring us to the place where our faith truly grows.
There are times when we feel completely helpless, but this chapter shows us that Jesus is willing and able to help us in those times of our desperate need.
As in the case of the demons, we declare Christ’s power over the spiritual realm and any spiritual attack we may undergo.
As in the case of the woman, we believe that there is no sin, disease or condition that we may face that puts us outside of your grace, your love and your ability.
As in the case of Jairus’s daughter, we declare that Jesus has conquered even death.
Teach us to come to him for help, whether our needs are small or great. We understand that we truly depend on your grace and your provision through him, first of all, for our sin. That was our greatest need.
Thank you for sending Jesus to us who experienced what we experience and went through what we go through. He gives us a way to truly relate to God.
We thank you also that while here on earth he exercised divine authority. In doing so he shows us that he truly is God as well as a perfect man.
Help us to be more like him in desiring to see sinners saved. Help us to never consider ourselves too good for someone else. Help us to never see ourselves as better than those around us. Help us to serve them well in order to better serve you.
Let us remain flexible, eager to grow and change for the better so that we can continuously be used by you. If you should decide to do something new and exciting, we want to be a part of it.
Help us to recognize when you are working in our lives. We need and truly want to be effective in our service to you and your kingdom. We ask you to mold our hearts, our attitudes, our character and our desires.