Prayer: Our glorious God in heaven, Father, Son, and Holy Spirit, we bow before you at the start of another day. We are thankful to you for speaking to us through your Word preached on the Lord’s Day. We are thankful that you have ordained this simple means of grace for you people. We confess to you that we do not always take advantage of the proclamation of the Scriptures. We fail to meditate and confer with what we have heard. We fail, at times, to seek to bring forth the fruit of it in our lives. Forgive us, Father, and help us to strive to take full advantage of the preaching of your Word.
Grant to us this day a greater zeal and love for you, and help us by your Spirit to seek first your kingdom and righteousness. We pray this in Christs’ Name. Amen.
Scripture meditation: 2 Tim. 4:1-5; Joshua 1; Matt. 6:33
Prayer: Father, as your people gather this morning to worship you, we pray that you would help us to sing with joy in our hearts for all that you have done for us. We confess that we often have cold hearts and that our affection for you wavers often. Help us and forgive us. Make us see your glory this morning. Teach us the purpose of Christ’s birth and renew in us a greater love for you.
Father, we pray that you would be glorified today wherever your church meets and wherever your Word is faithfully preached. May your Word be delivered with power and might. Help us to honor the Lord’s Day as that picture of what awaits us in the new heaven and the new earth. We pray this in Christs’ Name. Amen.
Scripture meditation: Matt. 1:18-25; Matt. 22:37; Ex. 20
Prayer: Father in heaven, we have been granted another day to praise you with our lives. Your Son has taught us to petition you with these words, “hallowed be thy name.” We ask that you would enable us and others to glorify you in all that you make yourself known. We pray that your creatures would behold your glory and give praise to you. We ask that you would cause your people to look upon all that you have made and bring you great glory. We plead with you to dispose all things to your glory.
Forgive us, Father, for failing to honor you with our words, our thoughts, and our actions. Forgive us for looking upon your creation and responding in casual ways. Forgive us for failing to see your hand of providence in the seasons of this life. Thank you for forgiving us. Help us to honor you today, and to bring glory to you in all things. We pray this in Christs’ Name. Amen.
Scripture meditation: Matt. 6; Psa. 118:24; Psa. 67:1-3; Psa. 99:3; Psa. 110:3-4; Rom. 11:33-36
Prayer: Our Father in heaven, we now draw near to you with holy reverence and boldness. We are your children and you are our Father. You have graciously redeemed us from our slavery to sin and placed us in your family. We who are now adopted as sons and daughters cry out to you this day for your tender mercy and grace that we need each day. Forgive us, Father, for those times when we forget that you love us and are for us. We long to be always ready to draw near to you alone. We long for the day when the sin that still plagues us will be forever removed. Bless us, today, and be gracious to us. Make your face to shine upon us, O God. We pray this in Christs’ Name. Amen.
Scripture meditation: Heb. 4:14-16; Eph. 1; Isa. 43; Num. 6
Prayer: Father in heaven, we come before you thankful for this privilege of prayer. We thank you that you have provided your children access into your presence through the work of the Great High Priest, the Lord Jesus Christ. We thank you that you are our Father and you stand ready and able to help us. We confess to you that we sometimes struggle with your providence. Forgive us for doubting your divine promise – that you are working all things according to the counsel of your own will for the good of your church. Help us to believe!
This day we pray that you will remember your promises to your people — to give them all that they need. Remember your children and encourage them as they reflect upon your word preached on the Lord’s Day. Help your people to walk in your ways and seek first your kingdom and righteousness. Equip the weak. Edify and encourage the downcast. Be faithful to your church, and bless her; we pray in Christs’ Name. Amen.
Scripture meditation: Hebrews 4:14-16; Rom. 8:15; Rom. 8:28; Eph. 1-3; Matt. 6:33
Prayer: Glorious God in heaven – Father, Son, and Holy Spirit – we bless your name today. You are the alone creator of all things. You made all that we see and cannot see in the space of six days, and all very good. Yet, man, in his rebellion towards you, fell in that temple-Garden that you made. They sinned against your revealed will for them. As a result, we have inherited that sinful nature, and we sin. Yet, you have provided a Redeemer, the Lord Jesus Christ, your only begotten Son, to rescue us from this life of sin and misery. We are thankful to you that you grant us forgiveness in Christ. We thank you for the compassionate high priest who sympathizes with our weaknesses and struggles. We thank you that you have promised to bring us to your heavenly rest.
Grant to us your favor, O Lord! Be merciful to your people today. Help those who are weak and struggling. Be merciful to the sick and suffering. Remember your promises to your people. Remember your love for them and that you promised to be with them. Grant to us all that we need this day. We pray this in Christs’ name. Amen.
Scripture meditation: Gen. 1; Gen. 3; Gen. 3:15; Heb. 4-5; Isa. 43