16 Then he said to the disciples, “Anyone who accepts your message is also accepting me. And anyone who rejects you is rejecting me. And anyone who rejects me is rejecting God, who sent me.”

17 When the seventy-two disciples returned, they joyfully reported to him, “Lord, even the demons obey us when we use your name!”

Christ Jesus, we are humbled by the fact that You have chosen to speak and act through us. By the power of Your Holy Spirit we carry out the ministry that You began so long ago. Increase our faith, Lord, so we can act on Your behalf. Make us sensitive to Your will, so we can participate in the Father’s purposes. Just as You did only what You saw the Father doing, apart from You, we can do nothing.