Gracious heavenly Father, thank you for Your compassion
for the lonely,
and harassed people of the world.
You sent Jesus to seek and to save the lost,
but we confess our reluctance
to personally engage with His mission.
If we are honest, we are more
apathetic than active,
isolated than involved,
callous than compassionate,
obstinate than obedient,
legalistic than loving.
We struggle with a tight-fisted grip on
and our plans.
Have mercy upon us and forgive us.
By the power of Your indwelling Spirit,
remove all obstacles that prevent us
from living as Your ambassadors.
This we pray in Jesus’ strong name. AMEN.