I decided to know nothing among you except Jesus Christ and him crucified. And I came to you in weakness and in fear and in much trembling. My speech and my proclamation were not with plausible words of wisdom, but with a demonstration of the Spirit and of power, so that your faith might not rest on human wisdom but on the power of God. [1 Corinthians 2:2-5]
In the meantime, let us look at another Summary of God’s wishes, this from John Wesley:
LET US, GOD’S PEOPLE, PRAY
Leader: ~ O God of Power and Wisdom, infuse our souls with the deep desire to move from the self-indulgence of limitless earthly distractions, to being the upright salt of the earth, preserving and enhancing the freshness of Christ’s call to a life of trust in You.
~ O God of Power and Wisdom, free us from fear and trembling to be Your beacon as a city on a hill, shining Your Light in the darkness. Let us lift our voices to implore all who lead governments on this Planet, in this Country, and in our Community to be Just, Merciful, Compassionate, and Honorable in their lives and work. We pray especially for: add your own petitions
~ O God of Power and Wisdom, comfort the spirits of all who are stricken with chronic illness, addiction, or desperation, and grant strength to those who give them care. We now join our hearts to pray for those in need… add your own petitions
~ O God of Power and Wisdom, console those who grieve with new or freshly remembered loss. May they know that those we love, now live again where joy and peace abound forever with You. We pray especially for… add your own petitions
~ O God of Power and Wisdom, we pause in this moment to offer You our other heartfelt thanksgivings, intercessions, petitions, and memorials, aloud or silently… add your own petitions
~ O God of Power and Wisdom, grant delight in Your ways to those who lead Your Church and minister in the name of Christ. Gift them with the ability to teach us by word and example, and, shepherd our path to spiritual discernment. We pray especially for: add your own petitions
The Celebrant adds: God of Abundant Love, we ask You to satisfy our needs and strengthen us in parched places, that we may make each day of our lives acceptable in Your sight, by radiating Your glory to others through our good works. We ask through Jesus the Christ, our Lord of Glory; and the Holy Spirit, Fount of Divine Wisdom; who together with You are One God, forever and ever. Amen.