121 Days of Prayer
You are a Chosen People, a Royal Priesthood, a Holy Nation
The purposes of this prayer are: Illumination, Guidance/Purpose and Inspiration/Encouragement.
Majestic God, in his first epistle, Peter assured his readers that as believers in Christ, they were being formed into a royal priesthood, a priesthood whose sacrifice of obedience to Jesus’ commandments was acceptable to God: “As you come to him, the living stone- rejected by men but chosen by God and precious to him- you also, like living stones, are being built into a spiritual house to be a holy priesthood, offering spiritual sacrifices acceptable to God through Jesus Christ. For in Scripture it says: ‘See, I lay a stone in Zion, a chosen and precious cornerstone, and the one who trusts in him will never be put to shame.’ Now to you who believe, this stone is precious. But to those who do not believe, ‘The stone the builders rejected has become the capstone,’ and, ‘A stone that causes men to stumble and a rock that makes them fall.’ They stumble because they disobeyed the message- which is also what they were destined for. But you are a chosen people, a royal priesthood, a holy nation, a people belonging to God, that you may declare the praises of him who called you out of darkness into his wonderful light. Once you were not a people, but now you are the people of God; once you had not received mercy, but now you have received mercy.” 1 Peter 2:4–10 (NIV). Gracious Lord, it is your Son, Jesus, who has called us out of darkness. Before we knew Jesus, we had no mercy, but now we do know Jesus, which is what we were destined for, and we have mercy. Now we belong to you, Heavenly Father, and we will continue to declare your praises until the end of our days. Amen.