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.
I know that I am a sinner and that I need your forgiveness. I confess that there is nothing that I can do to save myself. I admit my complete inability to work my way to heaven or to somehow be good enough to be saved. Instead, I trust Christ and Christ alone as the One who bore my sin when He died on the cross.
I believe that I can come to you directly on the basis of Christ’s shed blood and in so doing not have to face your holy judgment. I believe that Christ was raised from the dead and I take this as a guarantee of my own resurrection. Help me now to live completely for you.
Please fill me with your Holy Spirit so that I might walk in newness of life. And help me to carry out your will each and every day until I meet you face to face.
You have been more than generous, more than merciful and more than kind to us. We learn so many things from Jesus in this chapter, so we want to ask the help of your Holy Spirit as we make an effort to put all of these lessons into practice.
Help us to be careful, so that we do not lead others into sin. Help us to be forgiving, because we know that we sin ourselves. We also know that others will be certain to sin against us.
Help us to be full of faith because we know that you answer prayer. Help us to be servants so that we all become more like Jesus.
Help us to be thankful and focus on our blessings first. And finally, help us to be ready. The Bible tells us that Jesus is coming soon.