Gracious, Loving God:
We whose hearts desire to serve You, to minister in Your kingdom,
and to follow the loving example of leadership that Christ set forth;
We look now to You.
Many of us have been told, in various ways, by ourselves and by others
That we are disqualified from service.
Some of us have been told that we are
the wrong gender
the wrong age
the wrong race
the wrong class
not holy enough
not experienced enough
We seek now to have our minds transformed;
To have our presumptions set right;
Our slates wiped clean.
Give us courage
to walk in the calling You have placed on us,
to overcome those forces that would have us be ineffective,
to listen to Your voice above the voices that would have us disqualified.
May we take our example from the meekness of Christ, His gentleness
but also His assertiveness and steadfastness of purpose.
For he too was disdained, regarded as weak,
not enough of a warrior to be a King.
Teach us the ways of Your kingdom
the way of peace
the way of love
the way of beauty.
Empower us by Your Holy Spirit.
Provide for us with the abundance that is the hallmark of Your generosity.
May we know deeply that You have qualified us in Christ Jesus,
and that, in Him, we are enough.