prayer for discipleship

God of love,
source of mercy and compassion,
weave your dream for the world
into the fabric of our lives. 

Remove the scales from our eyes
and lift the indifference from our hearts,
so that we may see your vision –
a new reign of justice and compassion
that will renew the earth.

Transform our lives,
so that we may accomplish your purpose.

Anoint us with your spirit of love
that we might bring good news to the oppressed,
bind up the brokenhearted,
and proclaim release to the captive.

Give us a new urgency
and a new commitment
to feed the hungry,
clothe the naked,
shelter the homeless,
and visit those who live in isolation.

Help us to reach out to those
whom no one else will touch,
to accept the unacceptable,
and to embrace the enemy.

Surround us with your love,
fill us with your grace,
and strengthen us for your service.

Empower us to respond to the call of Jesus –
to deny ourselves,
to take up our crosses,
and to follow.

Make us your disciples.



© 2010 Kurt Struckmeyer


  1. Peggy Wahl

    Just wanted to let you know that your prayer for discipleship is impactful and well-written. I would like to incorporate some of the phrases into a litany that our 5th grade chapel team will be leading in an upcoming chapel. I would be giving you the credit, both in name as well as crediting your website. Please let me know if you have a concern with this. Thank you.

    • Kurt Struckmeyer

      I’m happy that it will be used, especially with 5th graders.

  2. Suresh

    Beautiful prayer, being thinking about discipleship and its meaning

  3. JPV

    This is beautifully written and so meaningful. There is so much hate and need in our world yet so much love we can share.

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