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 learn from Jesus in this chapter that our lives need to be totally committed to you. Help us to love you with all of our heart, all of our soul, all of our mind and all of our strength.
Help us to love our neighbor as ourselves – to put the needs of others, even our enemies, on the same level as our own.
Help us to be good citizens, faithful taxpayers, loyal participants in the life of our earthly community.
But help us also to remember that we owe you so much more – that in fact we personally belong to you.
Help us never to desire a reputation for being more godly or more spiritual than we really are.
Jesus was an example of humility and we will do well if we continuously follow him in that – knowing that he is truly God and the author of our salvation.
In Christ’s name we pray,
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.