Going a little farther, he fell with his face to the ground and prayed, “My Father, if it is possible, may this cup be taken from me. Yet not as I will, but as you will.” … He went away a second time and prayed, “My Father, if it is not possible for this cup to be taken away unless I drink it, may your will be done.” (Matthew 26: 39, 42)
Jesus demonstrated for us what this week’s theme is all about. God invites us to express what we want and what we are afraid of when it comes to this decision as a church. And Jesus shows us what it means to become indifferent to his own will for the sake of God’s. As you begin, offer a prayer of quiet trust in the goodness of God, believing that God’s intentions for us as a church are that we would be a blessing to the world around us.
Father in heaven, we come as your children. We honestly tell you now our thoughts, feelings, fears, and hopes around this proposed building project.
(Take some time now to name them before the Lord…)
Lord Jesus, help us now to surrender all those we have named to you. We also lay down our egos, any longing for prestige, personal advantage, or comfort, or even what would best serve our own family and relationships. Allow us to set aside our strong opinions and self-interest. Enable us to die to self so that we would be indifferent to everything but the will of God in our lives and in your church. Amen.
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