The Christian life isn’t always pleasant, and anyone who has been at it for several decades can tell you that we learn the most about God and ourselves during our valley experiences, not on the mountaintops. That’s why it’s important to recognize your wake-up call as a learning experience and not as punishment. That becomes clear when you remember that God is motivated by love and has tremendous concern for you. Correction is needed when you get off course. A wake-up call forces you to rethink your priorities. It reminds you what really matters in life. God loves you so much he takes a constant, personal interest in your life. He wants to keep you close to him, so close that you talk with Him and depend on him all through your life, every day. And isn’t that the kind of heavenly father you long for?
Almighty God, by your grace we have come together at this time to bring our united prayers to you; and you have promised by your Son Jesus Christ, that where two or three are gathered in his name he will be in the midst of them, Fulfill now, O Lord, our desires and petitions as may be best for us; granting us in this world knowledge of your truth, and in the world to come life everlasting; through Jesus Christ our Lord. Amen. amen!
Almighty and most gracious Father, as your son Jesus Christ called the first disciples and changed them from fish catchers to soul winners, we ask that like them we too may respond with zeal and passion in obedience to His call, Jesus Christ Our Lord.