Words for the Weary (October 15th)
“I am the bread of life,” Jesus told them. “No one who comes to me will ever be hungry, and no one who believes in me will ever be thirsty again. But as I told you, you’ve seen me, and yet you do not believe. Everyone the Father gives me will come to me, and the one who comes to me I will never cast out. For I have come down from heaven, not to do my own will, but the will of him who sent me. This is the will of him who sent me: that I should lose none of those he has given me but should raise them up on the last day. For this is the will of my Father: that everyone who sees the Son and believes in him will have eternal life, and I will raise him up on the last day.”
O God, whose will is done without our prayer, we pray that it may be done also by us. To this end frustrate and bring to nothing every evil counsel and purpose – such as the will of the devil, the world, and our own flesh – which would hinder the hallowing of your name and prevent the coming of your kingdom. Strengthen and keep us steadfast in your Word and in faith even unto the end. Let this your good and gracious will be done. Amen.