The Spirit of the Lord is upon me,
because he has anointed me to preach good news to the poor.
He has sent me to proclaim release to the captives. (Luke 4:18)
Jesus, You are the One who brings freedom,
You are the One who brings life.
Thank You for the freedom found in the Cross –
that Your death opens the gateway to life.
Thank You for the freedom found in Your Resurrection –
that abundant life – full life – is found in You.
Thank You for the freedom found in Your Ascension –
that even now You sit at the Father’s right hand interceding for us.
All we need is truly found in You.
Yet we confess that many times we seek
other Saviors to deliver us,
other Kings to lead us,
other Messiahs to bring us hope.
We admit they do not bring life
and we need You alone.
Come, King of glory, and reign in us
even as we submit our life together and individually to You alone.
[This is part of a series of prayers for Sunday worship preparation that begins here.]