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,
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.”