Salvation begins with our confession of His lordship, when we surrender to the rightful claim of Jesus on our lives as Creator and Redeemer. New life begins with joyful willingness to trust that Jesus knows and wants what is ultimately best for us. To obey Jesus is a sign of His lordship in our lives; it is an expression of our love for Him and our desire to fully place our trust in Him.
Romans 10:9-11 NIV
If you declare with your mouth, ‘Jesus is Lord,’ and believe in your heart that God raised Him from the dead, you will be saved. For it is with your heart that you believe and are justified, and it is with your mouth that you profess your faith and are saved. As Scripture says, ‘Anyone who believes in Him will never be put to shame.’
Luke 6:46 NKJV
But why do you call me ‘Lord, Lord,’ and not do the things which I say?
Philippians 2:9-11 NKJV
Therefore God also has highly exalted Him and given Him the name which is above every name, that at the name of Jesus every knee should bow, of those in heaven, and of those on earth, and of those under the earth, and that every tongue should confess that Jesus Christ is Lord, to the glory of God the Father.
Prayer + Reflection
1. Let’s pray today in a posture of humility, a willing submission to Jesus as the Lord of our lives and the head of the church. Offer prayers of worship that express His worthiness to be trusted with the whole of our lives—past, present and future.
2. Ask God that the distinctiveness of who Jesus is would be revealed in His church, that we would be the evidence of what it looks like when Jesus is truly leading us as His people.
3. Jesus said when He was “lifted up,” He would draw all people to Himself (John 12:32). As we lift up Jesus today, let’s pray for the power of the Holy Spirit to draw people to the beauty, truth and life that is found only in Jesus.
Gather as a family and share your prayer requests. Take turns answering the question, “What would you like to tell Jesus today?” Maybe these are requests for things that you want, healing for people you know or His guidance for difficult situations. Talk to your kids about all the different types of prayer requests people might have. Commit to keeping those things in prayer as you continue asking, seeking and knocking. You may even want to start a family prayer journal!