Jan 4, 2012

Prayer of Commitment: Mark 1: 14-20

Here’s a prayer of commitment from the Christian Aid website.

Prayer of Commitment
(based on Matthew 4:18-22, Mark 1: 14-20, Micah 6: 1-8)

“And Jesus said to them,
'Follow me and I will make you fish for people.’” Mark 1:17

Lord Jesus,
The one and only Christ,
You called many people
From many walks of life -
To leave their own ways and follow you;
To be your disciples;
And to prize people as something to seek, find and restore.
Lord Jesus,
The one true leader of every church,
We choose to stand as one church – your church –
And to lift our focus from our differences and divides.
We will leave our own ways and follow you together;
Support each other as we seek to be your disciples;
And work together to focus on fishing once more.

For we must act justly, love mercy, and walk humbly together
Before you – and each other.
For the sake of our worship of you,
Our love for each other,
And the future and freedom of all those still living in poverty.

Lord Jesus,
We ask for your Spirit's help with this
For we are quick to focus on ourselves, our labels and our differences
Rather than the same nets in our hands, and the same leader before us.
Christ have mercy - in your precious name which unites us all. Amen.

— from the Monthly Prayers page of the Christian Aid website.