Note: Starting today, I will be using the Westminster Shorter Catechism as the basis of the daily prayers.
Westminster Shorter Catechism Q1
Q. 1. What is the chief end of man?
A. Man’s chief end is to glorify God, and to enjoy him forever.
Prayer: Our Father in heaven, you are glorious and mighty, the Lord full of mercy and lovingkindness. We ascribe to you glory and strength and the glory that is due to your name. We bless you for inviting us into your presence today. We are thankful for the work of your Son, who has given us this great privilege and duty. We are grateful that you have told us to cast our cares upon you because you care for us.
As we come, we are reminded of our duty towards you as your creatures. You alone have made us. We belong to you. You made man on the sixth day to worship you. Thus, we know that your Word declares that we are to glorify you in all that we say and do. We know that we fall short of this righteous demand each day. Please forgive us, Father, for our transgressions. Do not treat us as our sins deserve. Help us, by your Spirit, to have as our chief and primary goal of life to honor you with our words, thoughts, and behavior. We pray for your people and ask that you would bring to mind the words they heard in the preaching of your Word on the Lord’s Day. May you help all of us to not be hearers of your Word only, but doers of it as well. Grant to your church a greater zeal to glorify you by behaving in a way that is consistent with a follower of Christ. Help us to remember our primary duty today is to do all that you have told us, to the glory of your great Name.
Be merciful to us, Father. Grant us that which you command we pray in the Name of our Lord and Savior, Jesus Christ. Amen.
Scripture meditation: Ex. 34; Psa. 29; 1 Pet. 5:7; 1 Cor. 10:31
Prayer: Our Father, you are good and kind, a God of great mercy and love, we come to you today to pray and plead that you would help your church and your people. We bless your Name. We know that you are omnipotent. We confess our weak understanding of your divine plan and providence for your church and your people. Too often, we ask you to explain things that are known only to you. We are too curious, frequently, and forget that there are many things that we do not understand. Help us to trust you and to leave the secret things to you.
Father, we live in a world that causes us to grieve. We witness our brothers and sisters major in the minors. We see your church torn asunder by those who lay unnecessary burdens on others. We pray that you would remember your promise to your church: to bless her and keep her and to bring her safely to a better country where we will see your glory. Bless us today, and help us to walk in your commands and to strive for godliness in all that we do. We ask these things in Christs’ Name. Amen.
Scripture meditation: Ex. 34; Dan. 4: Psa. 115:3; Deut. 29:29; Num. 6
Tags: #sovereign #grace #goodness #godliness
Prayer: Our blessed Father in heaven, we gladly come to you this morning as your children. We come to praise you for being our God and, through the work of your Son, redeeming us from a life of sin and misery and for adopting us as your sons and daughters. We praise you for who you are: sovereign and holy, glorious, and majestic. There is no God like you. We confess our sins to you — those things that your law prohibits. We have failed to obey you in all things joyfully. We have placed other things before you. We have not been entirely diligent in reading and following your Word. Forgive us, Father. We know that you gave your Word to us to help us and to be a light unto our path. We know, as pilgrims in this world, that we need the bread of life to sustain us each day. Grant to us your Spirit and give to us what you command: willing hearts to love and obey you in all that you have commanded us to do.
We pray for small churches today. We pray that you would sustain those congregations that are struggling. We pray that you would make her ministers faithful and diligent in their labors. We ask that you would provide for them in all things and that you would use them to advance your kingdom wherever they may be found. Bless and keep them and use them as salt and light in a dark and dying world. We pray these things in the name of the King and Head of the church, the Lord Jesus Christ. Amen.
Scripture meditation: Ex. 12; Dan. 4: Psa. 115:3; Ex. 20:1-17; Psa. 119
Tags: #adoption #sovereign #obedience #church #kingdom
Prayer: Our great God and creator, we come into your presence this morning due to the work of your Son, the great high priest, who, through his flesh, has torn the veil that separated us from you. We are thankful that you have invited us into your presence and that we can commune with you in prayer. We bless your holy name this morning because you are sovereign and, by your divine providence, order all things to come to pass.
We confess our sins to you today — sins of omission and commission. We openly acknowledge that we do not do always do what you have commanded. When we do, we often do so begrudgingly and not joyfully. Forgive us, Lord. Grant to us a willing spirit that we would obey you gladly, from the heart. We know that our chief aim in life is to glorify you in all things that we do. You have made us for this purpose. We ask that you would help us, today, to live in such a manner that you would be honored.
We pray for the leaders of our nation. We ask that you would grant to them the salvation that can only be found in your Son. We ask that you would be pleased to save our leaders. We plead with you to use them for the good of your church. Help us, as a people, to respect those in authority over us and to pray fervently for them. We ask these things in the name of Christ, our Lord. Amen.
Scripture meditation: Heb. 4:14-16, 5:7-10; Eph. 1; 1 Cor. 10:31; 2 Tim. 2; Rom. 13
Tags: #sovereign #holy #leaders #salvation
Prayer: Our most holy and blessed God: Father, Son, and Holy Spirit, we bow before you today to praise you and to commune with you. We come to you to pray and plead with you as our Father, who stands ready and able to help us. We thank you that you are good and gracious and that you have called us by name and that we belong to you. We are comforted by your Word that tells us that you will never leave us or forsake us. Your promises strengthen us as we reflect on the fact that you will be with us in all that we face in our lives.
Though you are indeed our God, it is also true that we fail you, and fall short of your glory. We desire to be as holy as is possible for sinners. We long to be completely obedient in thought, word, and deed. Too often, we turn to the left and the right and forget your ways. Forgive us, Father, and grant us a willing mind and heart to do all that you have commanded.
We pray for our friends and family who do not know you. We ask that you would open their eyes to the truth of the Gospel. We pray for our brothers and sisters in various parts of the world we are being persecuted for righteousness’ sake. We ask that you would defend them and sustain them. We pray for our brothers in sisters in our church who suffer from physical pain that you would relieve them and use it to sanctify them in your truth. We pray for those who mourn, that you would comfort them. We pray these things in Christs’ Name. Amen.
Scripture meditation: Isa. 43; Rom. 3:23; Matt. 5:1-12; 2 Cor. 1
Tags: #love #persecution #sorrow #mourning #pain
Prayer: Our blessed God and Father, we give you praise this morning because you are good and righteous. In you alone dwells perfect righteousness and holiness. As we come to you, we are reminded of our fallen condition and our unrighteousness. We fall short of your glory each day. Often we forget you, your Word, and your commands. Forgive us for being so careless with your precepts, testimonies, commands, and law. Forgive us for setting our minds on things of this life instead of the things above. Thank you for being patient and kind and forgiving to your people.
We pray that you would be kind to your church, the bride of your Son. WE ask that you purify her and cleanse her and make her ready for her bridge-groom. We long for the day when the Savior returns. We look, with great expectation, for the New Heaven and the New Earth. So, we pray that your Son would come quickly, perhaps even today. As we wait, help your people to walk in your ways. Guard our steps and help us to trust you with all of our hearts. We ask these things in Christs’ Name. Amen.
Scripture meditation: Prov. 3:5-6; Col. 3; Rev. 21
Tags: #trust, #wisdom #forgiveness #newheaven #newearth