Prayer of the Day, Pentecost 17A,
The first part of the prayer is clearly drawn from the epistle lesson (Philippians 2:1-18), where St. Paul reminds us to use in unity with one another, the mind which we have already received in the Holy Spirit. That is, to have the mind of Christ who humbled himself, was born in human likeness, died on the cross and was exalted “to the place of all honor and authority.”
Once again, this week we prayed that the Holy Spirit would enlighten our minds that we join in confessing Christ and be led into all truth. Of course, all truth is Jesus Christ, our Lord. Having the truth motivates us to live as shining lights in the world keeping a grip on the word of life, until the day Christ returns and we too are exalted.
Almighty God, You exalted Your Son to the place of all honor and authority. Enlighten our minds by Your Holy Spirit that, confessing Jesus as Lord, we may be led into all truth; through the same Jesus Christ, our Lord, who lives and reigns with You and the Holy Spirit, one God, now and forever.