we pray that those who lead

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Lord Jesus Christ painting photo by dimitrisvetsikas1969

Lord of grace and gentleness,
we pray for a world in which
   even ordinary humanity fails so often.
We pray for those who are called
   government ministers – servants in every nation.
We pray that those who lead
   and take on themselves great responsibilities
   may not simply wish to seem great in the eyes of others,
   but may genuinely serve their peoples,
   searching continually for policies and strategies
   which will be for the good of all,
   especially for the weakest and most vulnerable.
We ask this for the sake of him
   who is both servant and Lord,
   Jesus Christ.

Christopher Avon Lamb, Greenwich School Of Theology, UK

_____________________

Jesus called them together and said,
“You know that those who are regarded as rulers of the Gentiles lord it over them,
   and their high officials exercise authority over them. Not so with you.
Instead, whoever wants to become great among you must be your servant,
   and whoever wants to be first must be slave of all.
For even the Son of Man did not come to be served, but to serve,
   and to give his life as a ransom for many.”

 

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