The sign is humility

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If there ever was a sign of someone following Jesus with humility, it would be someone who did so in prayer.

Praying for our country, for being a people who recognize God’s favour and being glad to do God’s will. We pray for our leadership at whatever level they may be and for justice and peace in our own homes.  Through such answered prayers, and in obedience to following God that those around us, aware of our actions, may see what God looks like.  We continue to pray that our hearts will be thankful in prosperity and that in the day of trouble, our trust will not fail.

We pray that humble and contrite hearts would be pleasing to God, and we do so by remembering every day to ask Him to wash away and cleanse us from our sin.

Most merciful God,
I confess that I have sinned against you
in thought, word, and deed,
by what I have done,
and by what I have left undone.
I have not loved you with my whole heart;
I have not loved my neighbours as myself.
I am truly sorry and I humbly repent.
For the sake of your Son Jesus Christ,
have mercy on me and forgive me;
that I may delight in your will,
and walk in your ways,
to the glory of your Name. Amen.

Mercy is on our lips, asking for forgiveness, strength, goodness and the power of the Holy Spirit who keep us in eternal life.

Not forgetting, we pray for the comfort and assistance for those who are in trouble, grieving, need, sickness or have run across adversity.

 

 

 

Bedrock for Partnerships

Two Masai warriors walking on savannah at sunset, rear view

If the crux of the gospel and of our walk with God is to humbly follow Jesus and in all things in our lives, give glory to God – it would make sense then that the two foundations on which to build a ministry of mission to others is to practice servanthood and to develop listening skills.

The ultimate purpose is to bring hope into the lives of people wherever we serve.

For me in particular, being a man, there is a need to understand my concept of manhood vs the definition of manhood in the community to which I serve.  I look at Jesus in the midst of a Roman empire and how as a King He became a servant, and how He washed His disciples feet.  My attitude in serving all of my relationships become my defining experience – will I choose to be proud or will I choose to be humble.