Jesus is in Jerusalem. It is the final week running up to his crucifixion. He will criticize spiritual showiness while encouraging us to practice complete love and commitment to God.
We say yes to your invitation to come to marriage supper of the Lamb, our Lord Jesus Christ. As we do, however, we admit that it is only by your grace and his shed blood that we can come. It is not on the basis of our own righteousness.
We then confess our belief in Jesus as both our human Savior and our divine Lord.
We acknowledge our belief in the resurrection of the dead, and to that end we cry, “Maranatha! Come Lord Jesus,” as we await his soon return.
We also pray that you would help us to be model citizens while here on this earth, obeying those in authority and faithfully paying what we owe. At the same time help us to remember that all earthly authority is still subject to you.
Finally, we ask your help in doing all that we do in love, first of all in love for you, but also in love for others – a love that no one could deny in both our attitudes and our behavior.
And we pray all of this in the name of our Lord Jesus Christ.
Our Savior told his disciples to “beware of the leaven of the Pharisees and Sadducees,” by which he meant their bad teaching. As Christ’s disciples in this present day, we are no less prone to error than those early disciples were. Help us to avoid it.
Help us to rightly divide the Word of Truth. Help all the teaching we give and that which we willingly receive to be free from legalism, loose practice, error in doctrine and wrong motivation. Let us speak and believe what is true, rather than that which is convenient. And let us simultaneously avoid excessive harshness by adding to your commands.
Let our beliefs be correct and our lives be honorable, full of grace and true to your word.
And we ask this in the name of Jesus,