Lord Jesus, I pray in your name that you will stir in my heart and in the hearts of ______________________ to seek greatness in your kingdom. May we recognize that greatness in your kingdom comes at a price, and that we must drink the cup you drank and be baptized with the baptism you were baptized with, a cup and a baptism of rejection, betrayal, and ridicule. May we trust you, Father, to elevate us in the time and to the place of your choosing. I pray too that we will recognize that in your kingdom those who lead are not to lord it over others, as those who are regarded as rulers in the world often do. Instead may we see that whoever wants to become great must be a servant, and whoever wants to be first must be a slave of all. Grant us both a deep desire to become great in your kingdom and a matching desire to serve others. May we follow the path of servanthood in our pursuit of greatness. Remind us that even you did not come to be served but to serve, and to give your life as a ransom for many. Lord, we see in your healing of the blind man that even though you were the Son of David, the son of a king, you made time for the son of Timaeus, the son of a nobody. You made time for him, showed him mercy, and ministered to his need. May we imitate your example by showing the same love for those around us whom the world considers unimportant, and for those who can do nothing for us in return. Amen.