Adele Calhoun rightly claims, "There was nothing Jesus was more attached to than his Father. God came before his mission, his disciples or his family. Because God was the center of Jesus' life, worldly values came second."
How do we get to this same conviction? Over the weeks of Lent, you're encouraged to take stock of your own attachments in life and grow in detaching from all else but Christ. We suggest you start by offering one of these prayers daily. As you pray, pause between each phrase to let it sink in.
We are your people,
Your people who make futures for ourselves,
get the job done
and move on.
In our self-confidence, we expect little
beyond our productivity;
we wait little for
that which lies beyond us,
and then settle with ourselves
at the center.
And you, you in the midst of our privilege,
You utter large, deep oaths
beyond our imagined futures.
You say-- fear not, I am with you.
You say-- nothing shall separate us.
You say-- something of new heaven and new earth.
You say-- you are mine; I have called you by name.
You say-- my faithfulness will show concretely
and will abide.
And we find our privilege eroded by your purpose,
our competence shaken by your future,
our entitlement unsettled by your other children.
Give us grace to hear your promises.
Give us freedom to trust your promises.
Give us patience to wait and
humility to yield our dreamed future
to your large purpose.
We pray in the name of Jesus who
is your deep yes over our lives.
-Walter Brueggemann, "Ourselves at the Center" in Prayers for a Privileged People
I am no longer my own, but yours.Put me to what you will, rank me with whom you will;put me to doing, put me to suffering;let me be employed for you, or laid aside for you,exalted for you, or brought low for you;let me be full,let me be empty,let me have all things,let me have nothing:I freely and wholeheartedly yield all thingsto your pleasure and disposal.And now, glorious and blessed God,Father, Son and Holy Spirit,you are mine and I am yours. So be it.And the covenant now made on earth, let it be ratified in heaven.Amen.(Modern version of the Wesley Covenant Prayer, original in the Book of Offices of the British Methodist Church, 1936)