They answered him, “We are Abraham’s descendants, and have never been in bondage to anyone. How can you say, ‘You will be made free’?” (John 8:33)
Father, they were slaves in Egypt and you set them free; please help us recognize the times and place where we have been in bondage and you set us free; help us recognize where we are currently in bondage and prompt us to turn to you for deliverance and the freedom of your Spirit.
Jesus answered them, “Most assuredly, I say to you, whoever commits sin is a slave of sin.” (John 8:34)
Father, we are all sinners in your sight; have mercy on us.
“And a slave does not abide in the house forever, but a son abides forever.” (John 8:35)
Holy Spirit, fill us with the knowledge of our adoption as children of God and heirs to the promises made to Abraham.
“Therefore if the Son makes you free, you shall be free indeed.” (John 8:36)
Jesus, bring all of us in this diocese, liberal and conservative, young and old, men and women, homosexual and heterosexual, [whatever divides us], into the freedom that only you can give. Bathe us all in pools of living water and let your word abide in our hearts. Thank you.
A word received: Cry out to me for my people. Cry out to me and give me no peace; for my people have wandered far from the flock. Cry out to me — pray that I will be a shelter in the storm.
Friday: 88; Jeremiah 11:1-8,14-20; Romans 6:1-11; John 8:33-47
Saturday: 87, 90; Jeremiah 13:1-11; Romans 6:12-23; John 8:47-59