Daily Prayer for March 2, 2021: WSC Q1

Daily Prayer for March 2, 2021: WSC Q1

Q. 1. What is the chief end of man?
A. Man’s chief end is to glorify God, and to enjoy him for ever.

1 Cor. 10:31Rom. 11:36Ps. 73:25-28.

Prayer: Our loving and faithful God in heaven: Father, Son, and Holy Spirit, we bless the name of the Lord Jesus today as the only name given to men whereby we can be saved. We thank you that you are a covenant-making and covenant-keeping God who has made promises for his children. We have been made to glorify you in all that we do. We have also been made to enjoy you forever. We know that we see a tiny fraction of what that will be like in the New Heavens and the New Earth. We long for that day when the distractions and cares of this world, including our sin of omission and commission, will not impede that enjoyment. We long for that day when there will be no more tears or sorrow or pain. We cry out to you, our Savior, to come quickly, Lord. Until then, we ask that you would persevere us by your Spirit working in us that which is well-pleasing in your sight. We pray this is the name that is above every name — the Lord Jesus Christ. Amen. 

Scripture Mediation: 1 Cor. 10:31; Ps. 73:25-28; Rev. 21:1-4

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Daily Prayer for February 28, 2021

Daily Prayer for February 28, 2021

Prayer: Our God in heaven, we come to bless and praise you for your many mercies. We thank you that you are not like the dead idols of Israel as you see and hear and speak. They were impotent, but you are omnipotent. You can do exceedingly, abundantly beyond anything we can ask or imagine.  We thank you for the daily outpouring of faithfulness to us as your redeemed children. We confess that there are many times in our lives that we are faithless. We know that your sins deserve your wrath, but, in Christ, you have not treated us as our sins deserve. 

Today, as we gather to worship you, we pray that you would speak to us through your Word. We long to see you exalted and your Son magnified. We need your Spirit to worship you as you have commanded. Please cause us to listen with minds ready to receive the Word and then go and do what it tells us. We pray that your voice would thunder as in days of old when you spoke to our fathers from your holy mountain. We pray that we would heed your voice and strive to live as faithful ambassadors of the Most High God. We pray these things in the Name of Christ our Lord and King. Amen.

Scripture Meditation: Eph. 3:20; Lam. 3:23; 1 Sam. 3:1-10; James 1:19-27

Daily Prayer for February 26, 2021: WSC Q1

Daily Prayer for February 26, 2021: WSC Q1

Q. 1. What is the chief end of man?
A. Man’s chief end is to glorify God, and to enjoy him for ever.

1 Cor. 10:31Rom. 11:36Ps. 73:25-28.

Prayer: Our glorious God in heaven, we thank you for granting us another day in which we have the privilege to serve you and love you with all of our heart, soul, mind, and strength. We are reminded that we are here to serve you, honoring you in all that we do and say. We confess our tendency to stray from our primary purpose. We grieve the sin that indwells us, and we long to be free from it so that we may fully enjoy you. We rest confidently in that hope of the new heavens and the new earth where we will be fully blessed in the full enjoyment of you for all of eternity. Until then, please grant the Eternal Spirit to persevere us and help us, equipping us to glorify you in all that we do. We pray these things in the name of Christ. Amen. 

Scripture Mediation: 1 Cor. 10:31; Ps. 73:25-28

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Daily Prayer for March 2, 2021: WSC Q1

Daily Prayer for February 24, 2021: WSC Q1

NOTE: A number of months ago, I was writing the daily prayer using the Westminster Shorter Catechism. I got away from that practice. Today, I am renewing my effort to do so. 

Q. 1. What is the chief end of man?
A. Man’s chief end is to glorify God, and to enjoy him for ever.

1 Cor. 10:31Rom. 11:36Ps. 73:25-28.

Prayer: Our God in heaven, you who are the alone creator and sustainer of heaven and earth and the one who has made man in your image, we bless your name today. We know that as your creatures, we have been made to glorify you in all we do. Your word tells us that whether we are eating, drinking, working, resting, reading, talking — whatever it is, that our actions and attitudes should honor you and your holy Word. We confess that we do not always have this central truth firmly established in our minds. We know that if we did, we would sin less against you. Forgive us for failing to make this a priority in our daily living. Please help us, by your Spirit, to honor you with all of our being in thought, word, and deed. We pray these things n the name of the Savior, our Lord. Amen. 

Scripture Mediation: 1 Cor. 10:31; Ps. 73:25-28

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Daily Prayer for February 28, 2021

Daily Prayer for February 23, 2021

Prayer: Our God in heaven, we confess and acknowledge that nothing happens in your creation that you have not ordered and designed for our good. All that happens, the good or evil, suffering or calamity, victory or loss, is designed for the good of your church. Though we say these words, we also confess that we are often bewildered at your labors, and we sometimes wrestle with trusting you. These emotions are born out of a lack of true faith and total confidence in your divine providence. Though we know the theology, we find it difficult at times to practice it as we should. Forgive us for our lack of faith and trust in you. We know that your Word tells us that you are our Father, and you stand able and ready to help us. Please grant to us an unwavering faith and an abiding trust in what you are doing. Cement in our minds the promises you have offered your people — that you will never leave us or forsake us, and you will bring us safely to our heavenly rest. We pray these things in the name of Christ, our Lord. Amen.

Scripture Meditation: Dan. 4:34-35; Ps. 135:6; Acts 17:25-28; Job 38-41; 1 Tim. 4:10; Amos 9:8-9; Matt. 16:18; Rom. 8:28; 1 Peter 5:7

Daily Prayer for February 22, 2021

Daily Prayer for February 22, 2021

Prayer: Grant, Almighty God, that since thou hast once stretched forth thy hand to consecrate us a people to thyself, — O grant, that thy paternal favor may perpetually shine on us, and that we may, on the other hand, strive always to glorify thy name, so that having once embraced us thou mayest continue thy goodness, until we shall at length enjoy the fullness of all blessings in thy celestial kingdom, which has been obtained for us by the blood of thine only-begotten Son. Amen
— John Calvin

(Taken from the book Everyday Prayer with John Calvin, written by Donald McKim, p. 39)