Prayer: Our Father in heaven, we bless your name today because you alone are holy. We thank you that you have displayed your name over all the earth and that you have given us your word as a lamp unto our feet and a light unto our path. We praise you for your kindness, not leaving us in darkness but bringing us into your marvelous light.
Forgive us, Father, for not spending time in your Word each day as we should. Forgive us for taking it for granted. Forgive us for not meditating on it day and night. Grant to us your Spirit to help and encourage us in your Word. We long to obey you as you have commanded, and we thank you that you have provided the words of Scripture to guide us in our lives. We pray this in Christs’ Name. Amen.
Scripture Meditation: Isa. 6; Psa. 119:105; Josh. 1:8
Prayer: Our Father in heaven, we bless your name today and give you the praise and honor that you alone deserve. You are the only true God, and there is no other. You have made the world, the sea, and all we behold by the word of your power. We thank you that you are the alone Sovereign of heaven and earth. We bless your name for your care and guidance for your people, knowing you will never leave us or forsake us.
We confess our sin to you and ask that you would forgive us for your Son’s sake. We long to be godly. We long to be holy as you are holy. Help us by your Spirit to pursue the things that are good and right as established by your eternal Word. Grant to us a greater work of the Spirit and more fruit that comes from him. We pray these things in Christs’ Name. Amen.
Scripture Meditation: Isa. 46:9; Gen. 1; Heb. 11:3; Isa 43; 1 Peter 1:13-25; Gal. 5:22-23
Prayer: Our Father in heaven, we adore your holy name this morning for you alone are worthy of our praise and love. We love you because you first loved us. You have opened our eyes and ears to the truth of the gospel of your Son, who invites all sinners to come to him, those weary and heavy-laden for he will give them rest. We thank you that through his work, we have no fear of death — though it is appointed unto us to die, we know that to be absent from the body is to be present with our Lord.
We confess our sin to you today. Though we are a redeemed people, freed from the bondage of Egypt and bought with a great price we often go astray as wandering sheep. Too often, we are enticed by the things of this life and caught up with the cares of this world. Rarely do we speak of your kingdom and glory to others. How little we write about you or think about you. Instead, we grieve you by spending too much time worrying about the affairs of the city of man. Forgive us, Father. We are weak, miserable creatures. Help us to speak more about the city of God and focus our attention on things above as we pilgrim through this life.
We do pray for our leaders, as you have commanded. We ask that you would be merciful to them and bring them to faith and repentance. We desire to be led by men and women who fear you. We know that you have placed them in our lives for the good of the church, and we know that you are using them for your purposes in this world. We ask that you would bind their hands so they would not harm your people. We pray these things in your Son’s Name. Amen.
Scripture Meditation: 1 John 4:19; Matt. 11:28; Heb. 9:27; 2 cor. 5:8; Matt. 6; Col. 3; 1 Tim. 2:1-2
Prayer: Our Father in heaven, hallowed be your name, thy kingdom come, thy will be done on earth as it is in heaven. We ask that you would give us what we need today — those things that you promise to your people in your Word. We adore you for your holiness and majesty and long to see your glory displayed over all the earth. You have established the earth and order all affairs of men and creatures for your purposes and glory.
We thank you that you have not left us alone — that you are working daily, through providence, to guard, protect, and lead your people to their heavenly rest. We confess to you our weakness and struggle as we sometimes fail to trust you with our very lives. We confess to you our grumbling and complaining, knowing that it is an abomination in your ears. Forgive us, Father, and help us to walk contently with you.
We pray for your church today and ask that you would sanctify her completely and make her holy. We ask that you would make the church as holy as possible for sinful people. Grant to us more grace and cause us to walk in your ways. We pray these things in Christs’ Name. Amen.
Scripture Meditation: Matthew 6; Isa. 6; Psa. 29; Psa. 119:90; Matthew 28:18-20; Phil. 2:14; 1 Thess. 5:23
Prayer: Our Father in heaven, we praise you for the kindness you have shown us in the preaching of your Word on the Lord’s day. We thank you for giving your church this means of grace to mature your people and make them more like your Son. Help us to confer and meditate on the sermon we heard and give us your Spirit so we may bring forth the fruit of it on our lives.
We ask that you would grant to our friends and family the words of eternal life. We plead that you would open their eyes and ears. Rescue them from their sin. We also ask that you would remind your people to seek first your kingdom, to guard their thoughts and their lips, and to strive to live holy lives before you. We pray these things in Christ’s’ Name. Amen.
Scripture Meditation: 2 Tim. 4; Eph. 5; Matt. 6:33; Col. 3; Rom. 12:1-2
29 Ascribe to the Lord, O heavenly beings,
ascribe to the Lord glory and strength.
2 Ascribe to the Lord the glory due his name;
worship the Lord in the splendor of holiness.
3 The voice of the Lord is over the waters;
the God of glory thunders,
the Lord, over many waters.
4 The voice of the Lord is powerful;
the voice of the Lord is full of majesty.
5 The voice of the Lord breaks the cedars;
the Lord breaks the cedars of Lebanon.
6 He makes Lebanon to skip like a calf,
and Sirion like a young wild ox.
7 The voice of the Lord flashes forth flames of fire.
8 The voice of the Lord shakes the wilderness;
the Lord shakes the wilderness of Kadesh.
9 The voice of the Lord makes the deer give birth
and strips the forests bare,
and in his temple all cry, “Glory!”
10 The Lord sits enthroned over the flood;
the Lord sits enthroned as king forever.
11 May the Lord give strength to his people!
May the Lord bless his people with peace!
(Psalm 29, ESV)
Prayer: Our God in heaven: Father, Son, and Holy Spirit, we come to you today to do as King David did so long ago. We come to ascribe to you the glory that is due to your name. You are majestic and beautiful, and your voice speaks throughout all creation. Each day we witness your power and might as your proclaim your glory through all that you made. We bow before you each morning, thankful that you have given your godly one’s sleep. We rise to face a new day in which your faithfulness is new, in which you show forth your kindness and compassion on weak, dependent, and sinful creatures. We move through our day desirous of seeking first your kingdom and righteousness.
Father, forgive us for knowing what we are to do — to glorify you with every ounce of our being — and failing to do it. We regret our hypocritical nature and ways. We grieve our transgressions and lack of zeal for you. We desire to do all that you have told us — to walk humbly with you. Help us, by the eternal Spirit, to strive to do what you command. Indeed, we plead with you to give us what you command for your sake and ours.
Today, we pray for your church wherever she may be found. We ask that you purify her and cleanse her, and make her a beautiful bride for your Son. We pray for those men, called by your Spirit, who will speak your words on the Lord’s Day. We ask that you will guide their minds and hearts as they labor in the study. We ask that you will give them insight into your eternal Word, and equip them to spread a bounty before your people as they sit and hear from you in the preaching of your Word. Protect them and help them. We also ask that you would begin to prepare your people for worship. May they set their minds on things above and not on this earth. Be pleased, Father, to open their eyes and ears to the truth of your Word so they may bring forth the fruit of it in their lives. We pray these things in the name of your Son, the Good Shepherd of the Sheep, and the head of the church. Amen.
Scripture Meditation: Psa. 29; Psa. 19; Lam. 3:19-24; 1 Cor. 10:31; Micah 6:8; Eph 5:25-33; 2 Tim. 2:15, 3:16-17; Col. 3:1-4; Luke 8:15; James 1:25