‘He sacrificed for their sins once for all when he offered himself.’
Our great and gracious God,
We thank you for the ministry of our Lord Jesus Christ, our great High Priest.
We thank you for his priestly work on earth.
We glory in One who was both offering and offerer,
for the Son of God who loved us and gave himself for us, and for that perfect atonement of the cross of Calvary.
We thank you for his high priestly work on our behalf at this time,
for his intercession for us,
and for the way in which you always hear his prayers as he prays to you for those who come to you by him.
Lord, we would not seek to add anything to that sacrifice;
We dare not—it is finished,
And we glory in it as finished and in the perfection of his high priestly work both on earth and in heaven.
We would commit ourselves unreservedly to him to be saved by him, and we would never move from the footing of grace on which we have come to stand at the outset of our Christian lives.
We worship him, O God, as the Savior of the world, the One who, by his death, purchased men for God from every nation, tribe, people, and tongue.
We are so grateful to you that the gospel is not just for the few, not just for the one nation, but for all nations.
We ourselves have been the recipients of that blessing for the world.
We thank you for the gospel that has come to us, for the power with which it has come to so many of us here; we have believed, and Jesus Christ has become our Savior.
We would unitedly, with all our hearts, cry to you for the world—
for the nations, for the multitudes that are still in darkness.
O God, shine your light upon them, shine with the gospel, and shine into their hearts that they might turn to the Savior, believe, and be saved.
We know that this is the greatest thing that our world needs.
We pray for peace, and we pray for plenty where there is famine,
We pray for places where there is violence and bloodshed that that would cease, but we know that it is the gospel that is needed above everything else, and we pray that you will send forth the gospel.
Lord, here we are and we have that gospel;
We have the Bible in our own language and we have the privilege, for many of us, of hearing it in our homes, we hear it in our churches, and we will hear it again this day.
We pray that you will give us grace.
May no one here have a hardened heart against such a gracious God who once again would freely offer Jesus Christ and righteousness in him to them.
We pray that your Spirit would be at work even as your Word is preached, and that those who are without righteousness, would, like Abraham, come to believe, so that righteousness may be credited to them.
We pray, O God, that you would attend your Word with power that it may effect great and lasting change.
Overshadow us, we pray, with your Spirit.
Come and visit every heart.
Give us grace to put aside all other cares and to give ourselves wholly to the Word that is before us now.
We pray that it will be blessed to every heart.
We ask it through Jesus Christ our Lord.
written by David Campbell and Sara Leone