There are many ways to connect with Scripture, but today we invite you to write a prayer based on Philippians 2:5-11 by contextualizing the words to fit your personal situation. Read this example and then take the time to craft your own prayer based on this poetic section of Philippians.
I invite you to transform my relationships – with family, friends, co-workers, neighbors, and even strangers – as you transform my mindset. Help me see people as you see them. Help me to treat people as you treat them. Help me to love people as you love them.
In all my relationships, I want to transform to be more like you. I want to confidently know who I am, much like you knew who you were when you became human and laid aside your divine qualities. I want to more freely give up my own determined rights and felt needs, much like you took the nature of servant. I want to show up for people in a way that resembles your sacrificial-love and humility.
But, I desperately need your help. Self-sacrifice is incredibly hard for me. It means some things in me must die. Teach me, Jesus, how to die to the right things just as you sacrificially died for the right reasons. Empower me, Jesus, to obediently let my pride die and surrender to your way. Fill me, Jesus, with your Spirit so I might be exalted with you to a new life of joyful fellowship with God the Father.
For your sake and for your glory, I pray.”
By Yvonne Biel