Lord Jesus, You describe here how eagerly you desired to eat this Passover with your disciples, offering to them the bread as a symbol of your body given for them and the cup as a symbol of your blood poured out for them. I believe that you are eager to eat a Passover meal with each one of us every day. I pray that every day ______________________ and I will draw inner strength from you as the Bread who came down from heaven, and I pray that every day we will receive forgiveness through your shed blood. You affirm here that the path you were on, as painful as it was, was the path decreed for you. I pray that we will also be able to see your sovereign will being worked out in our lives, even when you decree a path that at times means suffering for us. You pronounced judgment on Judas here; you would not let him use the sovereignty of God as an excuse for his own sin. May we likewise never use your overruling power as a rationalization for our own disobedience. I pray that you will free us from any dispute over which of us is to be considered the greatest. May we all embrace your teaching that we are not to be like the kings of the Gentiles who love to lord it over people. Instead, may the greatest among us be like the youngest, and the one who rules like the one who serves, just as you were among us as one who serves. I pray that you will confer on us a kingdom and the royal authority that goes with it that we may eat and drink at your table in your kingdom and carry out the responsibilities you have given us with God's people. We see here how you destined your chosen apostles for political office, to sit on thrones judging the twelve tribes of Israel. We pray that you will continue to prompt followers of yours to pursue public office so that political power will be in the hands of Christlike men. We pray that you will prompt us to choose political leaders who do not rule like the Gentiles do, with a heavy hand, but rather to choose those who serve by putting themselves in the place of the youngest and in the place of ordinary workers so that they may pursue public policies that serve and help rather than harm and hinder. I ask this in your name, amen.