Yesterday was Ascension Day, when celebrate the ascension of Jesus to the Father in heaven after His resurrection from death (Luke 24:49-51; Mark 16:19; Acts 1:3-10). I believe the ascension is one of the most-neglected aspects of the life of Jesus with greater significance for our life with God as disciples of Jesus than we usually realize.
I wrote three posts in 2018 about the importance of the ascension for our faith because of Jesus’ reign as King, Jesus’ mediation eternally, and Jesus’ future return in glory, and would encourage you to join me in considering the significance of Jesus’ ascension.
Throughout our new series “The Final Word: Knowing Christ through Hebrews,” I am writing prayers related to the text on which we are preaching each week. This prayer is drawn from Hebrews 2. The complete list of prayers from Hebrews is included at the bottom of this post. You could also view a message, “The Mystery of the Incarnation,” from this passage by Pastor Nic Fridenmaker here.
Father God, we praise You for Your mysterious wisdom in sending Jesus, Your eternally-begotten Son, as our incarnate Messiah.
Jesus the Son, we are in awe of You, the perfect human who restored our fractured glory by taking the destructive way of the Cross and making it the way that brings life.
Thank You for sharing the humility of our flesh and blood by entering into human temptation and suffering. Thank You for bringing divine balm for sin’s pain and freedom from death by breaking the power of the devil.
Holy Spirit, we need Your presence and power more than we understand within every moment of every day. Strengthen us to receive divine grace through Christ’s sacrificial gift and empower us to live our daily lives yielded to You.
All this we pray in the name of the Father, the Son, and the Holy Spirit— One God, from eternity past to eternity future— to whom belongs all honor and glory both now and forever. Amen.
Throughout our new series “The Final Word: Knowing Christ through Hebrews,” I am writing prayers related to the text on which we are preaching each week. This prayer is drawn from Hebrews 1:5-14. The complete list of prayers from Hebrews is included at the bottom of this post. You could also view my message, “Jesus, King of Angels,” from this passage here.
Lord Jesus Christ, we exalt You
as the Name above every name;
the only One worthy of sitting
at the right hand of the Father.
You are the Lord of hosts,
and the King of the angels,
who Scripture tells us
worship around Your throne.
We admit that sometimes we lose our way,
letting other messages and messengers captivate us
in ways that belong only to You,
who truly are the final Word of God.
Once again, we ask You
to open the eyes of our hearts
not only to the hope to which You have called us,
but also to the glory of who You are.
All this we pray, through Your name, Jesus,
which is greater than any other name,
to whom, with the Father and the Holy Spirit,
be all honor and glory, now and forever.
Dusty, the longing rises from the ground,
a small leafy sprout breaking from the stump.
Where the green is, eyes look in wonder,
as hope grows from sprout to sapling.
The earth, scorched with anger and loss,
ignores at first, but cannot fail to notice,
amidst the ashen landscape, as first leaves
and buds begin to raise their forms to light.
While all around seems decayed with death,
here – only here – life begins again.
Like a phoenix, hope surges in flames,
as Holy Spirit quivers amongst every leaf and branch.
Now, now is the moment, the time of arrival,
and all the angels cry out, “Glory!”