Jesus, our Lord,
You spoke to your disciples about the gift you would send after you ascended to heaven, the gift of the Holy Spirit. It is the Holy Spirit who guides us into all truth. You send forth your light and your truth; they guide us and bring us to your holy mountain [Psalm 43: 3]. In conversation with Pilate, you said that you were born and came into the world to testify to the truth, and that everyone on the side of truth listens to you [John 18: 37]. Your Word is truth and gives us instruction for living obedient lives.
You said to the Jews who believed in you and you say to us as well: “If you hold to my teaching, you are really my disciples. Then, you will know the truth, and the truth will set you free” [John 8: 31-32]. Thank you for all the ways you reach out to us and guide us. Without you, we are wrapped in chains. When we see you for who you are and see how we need you, our lives are changed. You alone have the power to change our thoughts, when they do not reflect truth. You are the only one we can trust. Thank you for being our Savior and for showing us how you want us to live. Thank you for planting your Word of truth in our hearts and minds.
We will praise you, O LORD, with all our hearts; we will tell of all your wonders. We will be glad and rejoice in you. We will sing praise to your name, O Most High [Psalm 9: 1-2]. We praise you for your Word. We praise you for the gift of your Holy Spirit. We praise you for your love and mercy. You are holy, perfect in all your ways. May you receive honor and glory through each of us and in your church. In Jesus’ name, we pray. AMEN.