Prayer: Glorious God in heaven, you who are great and mighty, the only true God, we bow before you today to worship and adore you. You are our God, and we are your people. Due to the work of the Great High Priest, we now have an advocate with you. Thus, when we sin, we can plead your grace and forgiveness due to the work of your Son. Forgive us, Father, for falling short of your glory. Help us to seek first your righteousness. Grant to us your Spirit so we can do all that you have commanded us to do.
Be with your people today. Many are struggling with debilitating illness and disease. Be with those of your family who are laboring in hospitals and suffering under the curse of the fall. Use these times to show forth your glory and kindness to them. Your word tells us that you are a God of mercy and comfort. Thus, remember your promises to your people and help them. We pray this in the name of Christ. Amen.
Scripture meditation: Isa. 6; Matt. 6:33; 2 Cor. 1
Prayer: Our Father in heaven, we have heard your Word preached yesterday, and we are humbled at your gracious provision of this means of grace for your people. We are thankful to you for giving us your most holy Word, so we would not wander in darkness. Your word is a lamp unto our feet and a light unto our path. It is our bread, the bread of life. Through it, we eat and live. We confess to you our poor attention regarding your Word. We acknowledge that we do not always come to it reverently and humbly. We confess that we often read it and then quickly forget what we have read. Help us, by your Spirit, to do what we hear. Help us to consume your Word with great joy and delight. Strengthen us, Father, as your children and be gracious to us, we pray in the name of your Son, our Lord, and Savior Jesus Christ. Amen.
Scripture meditation: Psa. 119:105; 2 Tim. 4:1-5; James 1:22
Prayer: Glorious Father in heaven, we bow before your throne today, thankful that this is the day that you have made. You have provided another Lord’s Day in which your people gather to praise you and to hear from you as your Word is read and proclaimed. Forgive us, Father, for not keeping the Sabbath as you have commanded. We are grateful that you have given your people a snapshot of the eternal rest that you have made available to all those who love you.
Be gracious to us today and rend the heavens and come down and meet with your people. Father, Son, and Holy Spirit, we long to meet with you today. Help us to praise you and to adore you and to hear you when you speak. We ask these things in Christs’ Name. Amen.
Scripture meditation: Gen. 2:1-3; Ex. 20; Heb. 4
Prayer: Our Father in heaven, you alone are holy. Your Word tells us that there is no God like you. You have been so very kind to us, not treating us as our sins deserve. Our delight is to love you and obey you in all that we do. Yet, we fall short of your glory. We often wander from your ways, allowing our minds and hearts to turn to worthless things. You have made us to worship you. You have created us to glorify you in all that we do. Forgive us for those times when we fail to reflect your goodness and glory. We thank you that you separate our sins as far as the east is from the west; that you bury them in the deepest ocean. We praise you for your Son, who, while we were still sinners, he died for us. It is through his name that we can enter the most holy place and confess our sins and present our needs to you.
We are a needy people. Many people in our lives do not know you. There are many in our churches that suffer and hurt. Many are ready to give up due to the weight of this fallen world. Father, help them. Be an ever-present help to them in times of trouble. Bring our loves ones to yourself. Help those who are crumbling under the load of this life. Be merciful to your people we ask in Christs’ name. Amen.
Scripture meditation: Isa. 6; Rom. 3:23; 1 Cor. 10:31; Psa. 103; Rom. 5:8; Psa. 46
Prayer: Our most glorious God and Father, we bow before you today. You are our God, and we joyfully come before you today to praise you for your infinite goodness in our lives. You have redeemed a people to call your own. Through the work of Christ, you have preserved a royal priesthood and a chosen people that enjoy your rest that you have promised, with the sure hope of an eternal rest to come. We long for the day when we will be the church at rest, enjoying your presence and comfort. We look forward to the day when our battle with sin will be over. Forgive us, Father, for failing to love you with all of our heart, soul, mind, and strength. Grant to us the forgiveness that you have promised to all those who humble themselves before you. We pray this day for those in our churches that may be wandering from you. Help them, Lord, to persevere by your Spirit. Grant to them the grace to trust you and believe all that you have declared in your Word. Grant them more grace to walk in your ways. Father, remember your promise to always be with your people and never to let them go. We pray this in Christs’ name. Amen.
Scripture meditation: Ex. 34; 1 Peter 2:9; Heb. 4; Psa. 51; John 6
Prayer: Most glorious Father in heaven, you who dwell in glory and honor. You alone are holy, and there is no God like you. We adore your name today, and we thank you that you have given us divine access to your presence through the work of the great High Priest, the Lord Jesus Christ. Forgive us, Father, for our laziness in prayer. Forgive us for spending so much time lamenting the culture and forgetting to pray. Forgive us for forgetting that the heart of the king is in your hand. Forgive us for our failure to remember that you alone are sovereign. Men may rage and roar, and they may commit themselves to all sorts of things, but you guide and direct their steps. We thank you that you are working all things according to the counsel of your divine and perfect will. We thank you that you are doing these things for your glory and the good of your church. Help us to remember that you are ruling and reigning over this world and that nothing is hidden from your sight. Be gracious to your people, in the midst of a sinful and wicked generation. Uphold us this day, Father, for you alone are able to help us. We pray this in Jesus’ name. Amen.
Scripture meditation: Isa. 6; 1 Kings 8:22-26; Heb. 4:14-16; Prov. 21:1