Daily Prayer for May 18, 2022

Daily Prayer for May 18, 2022

Prayer: Grant Almighty God that you would defend and vindicate your redeemed people from the efforts of evil and wicked men who rise up against you and your church. We rest on the promise that the gates of hell will never prevail against the church of the Lord Jesus Christ. As the church militant, we ask that the commander of the armies of the Lord of hosts would go before us, leading and guiding us, protecting us as we battle against the world, the flesh, and the devil. We know that our warfare is not with flesh and blood but against the rulers and authorities and against the cosmic powers over this present darkness and the spiritual forces of evil in the heavenly places. Therefore, Father, please arm your people with the weapons of our warfare. Please grant us the willingness to take up the whole armor of God so that we would be able to stand in this dark and difficult world. Grant us a ready defense and strengthen us by your Word that we might be able to rightly deal with all temptations to sin and respond correctly to false ideas and kingdoms that have erected themselves against you. We know that you hold all those who would rebel against you in derision. You laugh at them as they profess to be wise yet prove to be fools because they do not humble themselves before you and your Anointed. We pray for the rulers of this world that you would be pleased to rescue them as you have rescued us. We pray that you would cause them to act wisely as they function in their appointed office as presidents, congressmen, senators, governors, mayors, and all other areas of the civil realm. We pray that you would use their decision to advance the true and eternal kingdom, gloriously advancing the gospel of our Lord and Savior. These things we pray through Christ our Lord, the true King, and Son of the Most High. Amen. 

Scripture Meditation: Ps. 2; Eph. 6:10-18; Matt. 16:18

Daily Prayer for May 17, 2022

Daily Prayer for May 17, 2022

Prayer: Almighty God, you are holy, and everything you do is bathed in holiness. Your justice is holy. Your love is holy. Your goodness is holy. All that you are and all that you do is infinitely holy.

Nevertheless, we confess that we are sinners, and we sin daily in thought, word, and deed. Therefore, we are in great need of a mediator, and we need he, who is your Son, the Lord Jesus Christ. He is our advocate when we sin, and he is the one we name as we confess our sins to you. Thank you, Father, for not treating us as our sins deserve. Our sins are like scarlet, yet the blood of Christ washes them white as snow. We praise you for your great salvation and for delivering us from our bondage and promising to deliver us safely to our eternal rest. Therefore, we have great reason to praise you in public and private. You have given us reason to sing with immense joy. You have blessed us and given us what we need each day. There is no god like our God! Please help us, Lord, to walk according to the call you have graciously placed on our lives. Please help us love you with our whole heart, soul, mind, and strength. Please grant us more of your Holy Spirit each day and strengthen us to love our neighbor as we love ourselves. These things we pray through Christ our Lord. Amen.

Scripture Meditation: Is. 6; Ps. 150 

Monday with Calvin: A Daily Prayer for May 9, 2022

Monday with Calvin: A Daily Prayer for May 9, 2022

A Priesthood

Prayer:
Grant, Almighty God,
    since Thou hast deigned to take us as a priesthood to Thyself and hast chosen us when we were not only of the lowest condition, but even profane and      alien to all holiness, and hast consecrated us to Thyself by Thy Holy Spirit,
    that we may offer ourselves as holy victims to Thee.
O grant that we may bear in mind our office and our calling,
   and sincerely devote ourselves to Thy service,
   and so present to Thee our efforts and our labors
   that Thy name may be truly glorified in us, and
   that it may really appear that we have been engrafted into the body of Thine only begotten son.
And as He is the chief and the only true and perpetual priest,
   may we become partakers of that 
   priesthood with which Thou hast been pleased
   to honor Him, so that He may take us as 
   associates to Himself;
   and may thus Thy name be perpetually glorified
   by the whole body as well as by the Head. Amen.

[Lifting Up our Hearts: 150 Selected Prayers of John Calvin]

Scripture Meditation: Malachi 2:6-9

Daily Prayer for the Lord’s Day: May 8, 2022

Daily Prayer for the Lord’s Day: May 8, 2022

Prayer: Grant almighty God that you would remind your people that your love for them has no end as it had no beginning. We are grateful, and words fail us, to offer you praise and thanksgiving for rescuing us from a life of misery and giving us hope through the work of your Son, the Lord Jesus Christ. We thank you that his work satisfied your divine wrath against all wickedness and evil, bringing a people to yourself. We thank you for being patient with us because we know and confess that we are like sheep, turning aside from your laws and demands frequently. In Christ, we have the hope of perseverance, and due to your Spirit, we have that assurance sealed to our minds and hearts. Please help us, Father, as we gather today to worship the Triune God that we would listen to the living voice of Christ as he speaks through the preached Word. Please grant us willing hearts and minds to hear and do what we hear. Please cause us to seek first your kingdom and righteousness for the glory of your name we pray through Christ our Lord. Amen.

Scripture Meditation: Matt. 6:33

Monday with Calvin: A Daily Prayer for May 9, 2022

Monday with Calvin; A Daily Prayer for May 2, 2022

Prayer:
Grant, Almighty God.
   though we are here disquieted in the midst of so many tossings,
   that we may yet learn with tranquil minds to recumb on Thy grace and promise, by which Thou testifiest that Thou wilt be ever near us, and not wait, 
  until by a strong hand Thou drawest us to Thyself, but that we may be, on the contrary, ever attentive to Thy providence.
May we know that our life not only depends on a thread, but also vanishes, like the smoke, unless Thou protectest it, so that we may recumb wholly on        Thy power.
And may we also, while in a cheerful and quiet state, so call on Thee that, relying on Thy protection,
  we may live in safety, and at the same time be careful, lest torpor, which draws away our minds and thoughts from meditating on the divine life, should        creep over us.
But may we, on the contrary, so earnestly seek Thee, morning and evening, and at all times, that we may through life advance toward the mark Thou hast set before us, until we at length reach the heavenly kingdom, which Christ Thy Son has obtained for us by His own blood. 
[Lifting Up our Hearts: 150 Selected Prayers of John Calvin]

Scripture Meditation: Jonah 1:4-7

Daily Prayer for the Lord’s Day: May 1, 2022

Daily Prayer for the Lord’s Day: May 1, 2022

Prayer: Grant, almighty God, that you would call your redeemed people into your presence today and bless them with your Word as we gather to bless and praise your great and glorious name. You are our God, and we are your people, the sheep of your pasture. We depend on you, knowing that every good and perfect gift comes from you. Please help us bless you and praise you and ask that you would bring us bring to remember all the benefits you graciously give to us. We thank you for this one day in seven that reminds us of the hope of the New Heavens and the New Earth. We ask and plead that you would cause us to bring to remembrance the many ways you care for us and proper us. Your son, who was rich, yet for our sakes, became poor, has secured our eternal salvation through his labor in keeping all of your holy demands. Yet, we fall short and are ashamed of how easy we wander from your precepts. We often forget how you have graciously rescued us from a life of sin and misery. Too often we clamor for and settle on things that will never satisfy our weary souls. Therefore, we pray and ask that you would help us and guide us and strengthen us to love you with our whole heart, soul, mind, and strength we pray through Christ our Lord. Amen. 

Scripture Meditation: Ps. 103:1-5