(Editor’s Note: Aubrey Johnson offered this prayer as part of the sermon delivered this past Sunday, January 17, 2016. I thought it was so beautiful as to demand to be published. –geno)
I pray that the message today would be even now sinking itself deep into our hearts and minds and will continue to engage us long after we have left this building.
I ask, Holy Spirit, come do a work on our hearts and build us up in faith and hope. These words always remind me of 1 Cor 13 “So now faith, hope, and love abide, but the greatest of these is love”. Faith and hope cannot increase apart from love. So, let the foundation of this building up be in love—an unwavering understanding of Your “never stopping, never giving up, always and forever love” for us. With this love as our base, let our faith—a steady trust in You, O God and Your promises, without which it is impossible to please You—flourish and grow. And let this faith become the stepping stones for the good works that You have called each of us to, in Christ Jesus.
In the same way, build up a well-grounded hope in us—which is also founded on Your great promises—so that it becomes an anchor in our lives, sure and steadfast, as the worries and pains of each day break upon us.
Jesus, you showed us true and pure faith and hope. So I ask, God, that you would conform us to the image of your Son, and help us to surrender to this work! Thank you again for your great love for us!