Acts 4:12-13

 12 Salvation is found in no one else, for there is no other name under heaven given to mankind by which we must be saved.”

13 When they saw the courage of Peter and John and realized that they were unschooled, ordinary men, they were astonished and they took note that these men had been with Jesus.

I am Your witness, Lord, that You are God, and apart from You there is no Savior. Help me to declare the Truth with boldness. May the words of my mouth and the testimony of my life make it clear to all that I have been with You.

Acts 3:6

Then Peter said, “Silver or gold I do not have, but what I do have I give you. In the name of Jesus Christ of Nazareth, walk.”

Lord, You have given me all that I have. You offer me so many invisible but real gifts—gifts with eternal value. The gift of Your Spirit in my life empowers e far beyond my own capacities. The gift of Your forgiveness enables me to forgive. The gifts of Your mercy and grace enable me to extent the same kindness to others. You have made me a storehouse of Your blessings, Lord. Please work through me too impart those blessings to others.

1 Peter 5:5-6

In the same way, you who are younger, submit yourselves to your elders. All of you, clothe yourselves with humility toward one another, because,

“God opposes the proud
    but shows favor to the humble.”

Humble yourselves, therefore, under God’s mighty hand, that he may lift you up in due time.

How can I be humble without Your Grace? I cannot. For humility without grace is just pride in disguise. I Your grace, O Lord, grant me the gift of humility. And in return accept all my anxieties into You caring hands.

Galatians 2:6

As for those who were held in high esteem—whatever they were makes no difference to me; God does not show favoritism—they added nothing to my message.

You, Lord, do not look at things that we look at, nor are You impressed with the things that impress the world. We look at the outward appearance, but You look at the heart. Forgive me when I am more concerned with the face I show to the world than with the heart I present to You. Tear down my facade, Father, so that I can share my real self with You.

2 Timothy 1:6-7

For this reason I remind you to fan into flame the gift of God, which is in you through the laying on of my hands. For the Spirit God gave us does not make us timid, but gives us power, love and self-discipline.

Almighty God, send the wind of Your Spirit to blow across the embers of my heart. Stir up the fire of faith and re-ignite my passion for holiness. Kindle within me a desire to use the spiritual gifts You have given me for the good of Your kingdom. May Your Spirit shine forth in power, may that power be governed by self-discipline, and may all that I do be done in the love of God.

Romans 16:25-27

Now to him who is able to establish you in accordance with my gospel, the message I proclaim about Jesus Christ, in keeping with the revelation of the mystery hidden for long ages past, 26 but now revealed and made known through the prophetic writings by the command of the eternal God, so that all the Gentiles might come to the obedience that comes from[a] faith— 27 to the only wise God be glory forever through Jesus Christ! Amen.

O Lord, by Your Word You have revealed the mystery hidden for ages—that Jesus came to live and die and live again, not only in heaven but also in our hearts. By Your Word You are calling us to bear witness to that fact so that all peoples in all nations might believe in Him and obey Him. Use our lives Lord. Fulfill in us Your call—to live the gospel humbly in our lives and to speak it boldly with our mouths, until every heart has heard the Good News of Jesus Christ.

Romans 14:1-2

1 Accept the one whose faith is weak, without quarreling over disputable matters. One person’s faith allows them to eat anything, but another, whose faith is weak, eats only vegetables.

Thank You, Father, for the gift of people. Thank You for teaching us how to live with one another. Now please help us to put Your teaching into practice so that we might live a life worthy of the calling we have received. Help us to serve one another in love, for “the entire law is summed up in a single command: ‘Love your neighbor as yourself.’” Teach us to love one another as Christ loved the church and gave His life for our sakes.

Prayer of St. Francis of Assisi

Lord, make me an instrument of thy peace!

That where there is hatred, I may bring love.

That where there is wrong, I may bring the spirit of forgiveness.

That where there is discord, I may bring harmony.

That where there is error, I may bring truth.

That where there is doubt, I may bring faith.

That where there is despair, I may bring hope.

That where there are shadows, I may bring light.

That where there is sadness, I may bring joy.

Lord, grant that I may seek rather to comfort, than to be comforted.

To understand, than to be understood.

To love, than to be loved.

For it is by self-forgetting that one finds.

It is by forgiving that one is forgiven.

It is by dying that one awakens to Eternal Life.

 

—Saint Francis of Assisi—

Romans 11:17-25

17 If some of the branches have been broken off, and you, though a wild olive shoot, have been grafted in among the others and now share in the nourishing sap from the olive root, 18 do not consider yourself to be superior to those other branches. If you do, consider this: You do not support the root, but the root supports you. 19 You will say then, “Branches were broken off so that I could be grafted in.” 20 Granted. But they were broken off because of unbelief, and you stand by faith. Do not be arrogant, but tremble. 21 For if God did not spare the natural branches, he will not spare you either.

22 Consider therefore the kindness and sternness of God: sternness to those who fell, but kindness to you, provided that you continue in his kindness. Otherwise, you also will be cut off. 23 And if they do not persist in unbelief, they will be grafted in, for God is able to graft them in again. 24 After all, if you were cut out of an olive tree that is wild by nature, and contrary to nature were grafted into a cultivated olive tree, how much more readily will these, the natural branches, be grafted into their own olive tree!

25 I do not want you to be ignorant of this mystery, brothers and sisters, so that you may not be conceited: Israel has experienced a hardening in part until the full number of the Gentiles has come in,

Father in Heaven, I thank You for grafting me into the tree of life in Christ—for making me a part of Your church, Your people. Father, I look forward with You to the day when all of Your people will be fully reconciled to You. I praise You for Your kindness that leads us to repentance and for Your sternness with which You discipline Your children whom You love. Lord, please keep me humble so that I may live in the joy of salvation.

Galatians 1:3-5

Grace and peace to you from God our Father and the Lord Jesus Christ, who gave himself for our sins to rescue us from the present evil age, according to the will of our God and Father, to whom be glory for ever and ever. Amen.

O Father, I live in a world that worships wealth and power and success. But when You saw that I needed to be saved from the seductive idols of my heart, You sent a Savior. And when You saw that I needed deliverance from my own sin, You sent a Deliverer. The One You sent was Your Son, and my deliverance cost Him His life. Still You did it for me. This was Your will, Your delight. I worship You with all my heart.