Prayers and Petitions

Colossians 3:2

23 April, 2024

Set your minds on things above, not on earthly things. Colossians 3:2

Merciful Father, we acknowledge gratefully, that we are grateful recipients of the Power of your Grace, though we are not meritorious. It is only because, by our stoic faith, we have been restored to you as your children, and inheritors and partakers of your great Kingdom. This has been accomplished by our Savior, Lord Jesus, who has, by his sacrificial death made us co-heirs and citizens of heaven.

Lord, help us realize that we need to transform our lives to a new way of thinking and adapting, according to the doctrines of your Holy Word and your new commandment that we love each other as you have loved us. We need to undergo a conversion as Christians, so that we reflect more and more of Jesus’ nature and act more like citizens of heaven. Grant us wisdom and new insight to raise our level of thinking from worldly matters, to heavenly goals. To do this, we have to understand that, in reality, heaven is our home, and the things that are above are the things that have to do with godliness, not temporal gains of the earth, which we, will perforce, have to leave behind.

Help us to strive to remain pure in thought and behavior, to become perfect in the imitation of Christ, to always rely on the Holy Spirit for proper guidance and protection and to reflect by example the teachings and life of our Lord Jesus, in whose Name we plead our cause and pledge our allegiance. Amen

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