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Bill Hybels challenged everyone at the end of this year's Leadership Summit to pray the following prayer every day for the next 30 days. I stuck the card in my car and haven't stopped praying it every day since. It wonderfully puts to words the cry of every person who is trying to honor God by using their gifts to serve in the local church: the only institution with the power to can change the hearts and minds of the world.

Here it is:

God, this is a new day. I freshly
commit myself to the role you have invited me to play, as you are
building your church in this world. I am awestruck again today that you
include me in this grand life-giving, world transforming endeavor. So
today I joyfully offer you:

  • My love
  • My heart
  • My talents
  • My energy
  • My creativity
  • My faithfulness
  • My resources
  • And my gratitude

I commit all of myself to the role
you have assigned me in the building of your church so that it may
thrive in the world. And I will “bring it” today. I will bring my best.
You deserve it, your church deserves it. It is the hope of the world.

Prayer is where the real work is done.