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
Prayer: Our Father in heaven, we thank you for another day that you have given to us. We thank you that you have provided us another opportunity to serve you and glorify you in all that we do. This is the day that you have made, and we will rejoice and be glad in it! We praise you for your kindness and grace. We are grateful that you do not treat us as our sins deserve. Instead of pouring out your wrath upon us, it pleased you to crush your Son so that we would have our sins forgiven and enjoy peace with you. Forgive us, Father, for the many times that we have transgressed your law. Help us, by your Holy Spirit, to obey you in all that you have commanded us. Your Son tells us that if we love him, we will obey all that he has told us. We do love your son and grieve the indwelling sin that remains in us. Purify us for your service and be merciful to us.
We pray this day that you would work in the lives of our friends and family who have not yet bowed the knee to your Son. Grant them eyes to see and ears to hear the glorious invitation of Christ, “Come to me, all who are weary and heavy laden, and I will give you rest.” Oh, Father, open their ears that they might hear, we beg and plead. We ask this because we know that you alone can change the hearts of men. Do so, Father, for the sake of your glory and kingdom, we pray in Jesus’ Name. Amen.
Scripture meditation: Psa. 118:24, 103:10; Isa. 53; Matt. 11:28
Prayer: Our most glorious and holy Father in heaven, we come to you this day and bow before your throne. You who rule over heaven and earth. You are the most sovereign and righteous of all creation. To you, we give praise and honor and glory today. We thank you that you have invited us to come to you and pray. WE know that we are unworthy servants. We acknowledge that if not for your Son, our Savior, we would not have access to you. Yet, we do and we now come to ask that you would forgive us for our many sins. How often, Lord,m do we fail you? How often are our thoughts far from you? How often do we fail to love you with all of our heart, soul, mind, and strength? We mourn our indwelling sin. Forgive us and cleanse us from all unrighteousness. We plead with you that you might revive your people again. We long to see your churches full of people that delight to sing praises to you. Help your people to walk in obedience to your Word. Cause them to seek first your kingdom and righteousness. Pour out your Holy Spirit on your people, O God. Help us and sustain us who are the very apple of your eye. We pray this in Christs’ Name. Amen.
Scripture meditation: Isaiah 6; Psa. 115:3; 1 Peter 5:7; Luke 17:1-10; 1 John 1:9; Matt. 22:36-40; Deut. 32:10