Dear God, we can not help but notice that with great seriousness your Word urges us to be faithful by following the example of our Savior, the one who started us on the journey of faith and who will bring us to perfection in the end.
Father, so great a joy was set before Jesus, that he was able to endure the cross and its shame, and therefore he was permitted to take his seat at your right hand.
Show us how to keep that same joy of the kingdom before us, so that we may not grow weary, and endure the discipline of the Father for his discipline is for our own good.
So prod us to lift up drooping hands, and strengthen weak knees, and make straight paths for our feet, so that what is lame and wounded may be healed.
Father, we are confident that we are receiving a kingdom that cannot be shaken. For this we thank you, and desire to offer you acceptable worship with reverence and awe, for you, our God, are a consuming fire.