Jesus said, “If anyone wants to become my follower, he must deny himself, take up his cross daily, and follow me”. (Luke 9:25)
This is how a child described to me what Jesus was saying:
She said, “He is telling them to put others before themselves, to do what God is calling them to do and give their life completely to Him; no ifs nor buts”.
Lord Jesus, empower me with the strength of your Holy Spirit and ignite in me an everlasting thirst to do your will. This I ask through the power of your Holy Spirit.
Prayer: An Invitation – Adapted Dietrich Bonhoeffer
O God, help me to fully accept your invite,
and concentrate only on you:
I cannot do this alone.
In me there is darkness but with you there is light.
I am lonely but you do not leave me.
I am feeble in heart but with you there is help.
I am restless but with you there is peace.
In me there is bitterness but with you there is patience.
I do not understand your ways but you know mine.
O God, restore me to liberty,
and enable me so to live now
that I may answer before you and before me.
Lord, whatever this day may bring,
may your name be praised forever.