Prayer: Our God in heaven, we thank you for your many mercies and your faithfulness that is new every morning. We thank you for your grace and compassion and your patience as we labor on to do your will in this world. We mourn the condition of our culture and our world. We see the disastrous effects of sin and the impact it has made in the lives of people. We witness the destruction of marriages, communities, and health. Many are laboring through serious marital issues. Many communities are under duress. Many suffer from chronic illness and pain. All of these things are due to sin and our fallen condition. We thank you that you are laboring to reverse the effects of the fall. We thank you for the glorious promise made to your children that you will be with us and help us. We thank you for the hope of the New Heavens and the New Earth. We pray with the myriad of your people that our Lord and Savior would come quickly. We look forward to that great day. Until then, help us by your Spirit to walk worthy of the calling which we have received. Please give us what you command and help us to love you and love others. We pray this in the name of the Lord Jesus. Amen.
Scripture Meditation: Lam. 3:22-23; Rom. 3; Titus 1:1-3; Eph. 4:1-3
Prayer: Almighty God and Father of your redeemed people, we who are needy and weary come to bow before your majesty today to ascribe to you honor and glory and praise. You alone are the one true God, though we live in a world that cranks out their own idols on a daily basis. Unlike the idols of our lives, you are a God that hears, sees, and acts according to your purpose and decree. You have promised your people to accomplish all things, bringing us safely to our heavenly rest. You, a God who cannot lie, have guaranteed the glorious end of all those that your Son redeemed. As the Greater Moses, he has delivered us from the bondage of Egypt, freeing us to walk in the newness of life. You have given us eyes to see and ears to hear. Yet, this new sight causes us great distress as we look at a world that rebels against you. You invite sinner, yet they rebel. You offer sinners a great bounty, yet they insist on starving. We plead with you to open the eyes of the blind and the ears of the deaf. Please be pleased, Father, to grant your great work of salvation to our family, friends, loved ones, and all those you are pleased to call to yourself. Thank you for hearing us as we pray in the name of the Lord Jesus Christ. Amen.
Scripture Meditation: Ps. 115; Rom. 6:4; Deut. 18:15
Prayer: Our Father, we are thankful to you for the blessing of the Lord’s Day. It is on this day that the seed, which is your Word, is scattered and falls on the soil of man’s heart. it is this seed that is a light to our path and a soothing ointment for our souls. We thank you that you have ordained the preaching of your Word to feed your people and grow your kingdom. Today we plead with you to come and speak to us, by your Spirit, and that the seed sown would fall on good ground and yield a hundred-fold fruit. We pray that as it is sown, those who scatter the seed would draw comfort and strength from the eternal Spirit, waiting patiently for it to grow yielding a great harvest. We plead with you to shake the foundations of the earth as your Word goes out and pray that you would cause your people to listen carefully and obey diligently. Please help us, Lord. Forgive us for the many times we forget what we hear. Please grant us an extra measure of grace today as we enjoy the bounty of your Word. We pray all these things in the name of the living Word, your Son and our Lord. Amen.
Scripture Meditation: Mark 4:1-29; Ps. 119:105; James 1:22-25
Prayer: Almighty God, we thank you for your church and the impact she has on the world. We thank you that she is called “salt and light” in a decaying and dark place where the enemy of the souls of men holds them captive. Yet, we look around and see your church in some circles failing to live up to the mandates of the King and Head of the church. Instead of sticking to the main things, the ordinary means of grace, she has replaced it with cultural, societal, and political methods that undercut the very Gospel of the Lord Jesus. Instead of preaching the Word and the gospel of Christ, which is the power of God for salvation, she has turned to other inventions and schemes of men. Instead of believing that the preached Word accomplishes great things, she has supplanted it with other activities that are bound up in the foolishness of this world. In short, your church in some corners of this world has adultered your Word and harmed your sheep. We pray, our God, that you would rise up in our day and turn the minds and hearts of those who would pervert your truth and bring them to their knees in true, godly repentance. Father, we are in dire and perilous times, and we long to be faithful to you and discharge the mandate of the Savior: to preach the Word and the full counsel of God. We know there are many of your servants who are faithfully persevering in difficult circumstances. We pray for them that you would bless and keep them. We know that many are striving to persevere against the majority who cause division within your church. We ask that you make your face shine upon them and give them peace. We pray, Lord, that you would destroy the theological liberalism that is reigning and exalt your name. We pray for your sheep, who are looking to their under-shepherds for help and guidance and receiving methods and ideas that rob them of a healthy diet. We pray that your sheep would not fall captive to blind guides who mislead them. We pray these things in the name of the King, Head, and Shepherd of the church, the Lord Jesus Christ. Amen.
Scripture Meditation: Matt. 16:18; Rom. 1:16; 2 Tim. 4:1-5; Num. 6:24-26; John 10; Matt. 15:14; Is. 9:16; Ezek. 34
Prayer: Our Father, we thank you for a new day to serve you and glorify you with our lives. We are grateful to you for your redeeming and renewing work in our lives as you conform us more and more into the very image of your Son and our Savior. As your people, we desire to be holy and to live each moment glorifying you. We long to see the fruit of the Spirit in our lives. Therefore, be kind to us and work in us more love, joy, peace, patience, kindness, goodness, and faithfulness. Please help us to love you and love one another. Please help us to demonstrate joy that can only come from you regardless of our circumstances. Please grant us more kindness to others and to speak evil of no one. Please cause us to live more faithfully before you with our lives. Forgive us, Father, for the many ways in which we wander from your Word and grant us more of your Spirit that we may serve you with all of our heart, soul, mind, and strength. We pray these things in the name of the Savior, the Lord Jesus Christ. Amen.
Scripture Meditation: Gal. 5:22; Rom. 12:1-2
Prayer: Almighty God, we thank you for a new day in which your mercies are refreshed in our lives. Your faithfulness to your people is new every morning, and as a God of truth, we have great confidence in your promise to sustain us and help us on our journey. We are thankful for your Word and how it encourages us in our daily lives as we pilgrim as exiles in this world. While we long for the day in which we will enjoy your presence in the New Heavens and the New Earth, we plod on in this life with the sure hope of your love and favor for us. Your word tells us that you created us and called us by name. In that, we are told how much you love us and care for us. Your Word tells us that you will be with us through the various trials of this life, and your continual presence strengthens us. Your Word tells us that we are precious in your sight and loved with an infinite love. We are grateful beyond words for your sustaining care and kindness displayed to us. Though we are sinful creatures and offer our best labors mingle with sin, we know that you accept us in Christ. Through your adopting work, you are pleased to call us sons and daughters. Thank you, Father, for your care and help us today to glorify you out of gratitude for all you do for us each day. We pray these things in the name of the Savior, your Son, and our Lord. Amen.
Scripture Meditation: Lam. 3:22-24; Is. 43:1-4; Eph. 1