We have sinned against you and are not worthy to be called your children. Yet that is what you call us once we put our faith in Christ. Thank you for receiving us into your family. Thank you for receiving us, like lost sheep, back into the fold.
We thank you further for seeking us out as the shepherd would seek the lost sheep or the woman would seek the lost coin in the parables. You show us how much you value us that you did not leave us in our lost state, but sought us out so that we might turn to you.
Help us to appreciate the joy that fills heaven over each sinner that repents. Help us to share that same joy. Help us, now that we are walking with you, to be among those who join you in bringing other lost sheep back into the fold. We know that there are many other prodigals much like ourselves who need to return to you.
Please give us the privilege of seeing the lost found and returning to you.
We thank you for the work that Luke the beloved physician did in order to help us, generations later, to be more certain about our faith. We thank you for his research, writing and faithfulness to Christ.
Through these words that we have read today and even more as we continue to study this Gospel, inspired by the Spirit, we pray that you would reveal Christ to our hearts.
Like Simeon, we want to see Jesus for who he really is. We want to know him as your salvation, through which you have rescued us from sin and its well-deserved punishment.
Please Father, establish us in our faith, ground us in it.
And like the shepherds or the prophetess Anna, use us to glorify your name before others.