Prayer: Our most gracious Father in heaven, we bow before your majesty on another Lord’s Day that reminds us of your love for us demonstrated in the giving of your Son, the Lord Jesus Christ. We know that we are miserable creatures of dust, fallen in Adam, raised to glory by Christ and his righteousness. Through his labor and work, we are now pardoned of all our sins and counted as righteous in your sight. Through the work of your Spirit, we are being sanctified daily and moved to mortify the deeds of the flesh and walk in newness of life. Though we sin daily in thought, word, and deed, we are thankful for your constant care and presence. You have adopted us as sons and daughters. We belong to you and know that this one day in seven reminds us of the glorious hope as we await the new heavens and the new earth. Forgive us, Father, for the many ways in which we, like sheep, go astray. Please grant us fervent zeal and desire to worship you as unprofitable servants and to love you with our whole heart, soul, mind, and strength. All of these things we place before you with hearts longing for you through Christ our Lord. Amen.
Scripture Meditation: Ps. 29; Ps 103:14; Gen. 3; 1 Cor. 15; Rom. 4:25; 8:13; Is. 53:6
Prayer: Grant almighty God that your redeemed people would listen carefully to the voice of the Good Shepherd of the sheep. AS your people, we know that his sheep hear his voice, and that voice comes primarily through your Word proclaimed. As we sit in our pews on another Lord’s Day, please grant to us a willing heart and mind to listen as though it is the last sermon we will ever hear. Grant your ministers the passion, zeal, and fire to preach as though it will be the last thing they ever preach. We know that your Word is a light to our path, and we long to be shown the way in a dark and difficult sin-wrecked world. Please help us, Father. We are your servants, and we desire to hear from your Son, so give us the ears to hear, the minds to receive, and the hearts to follow your Son and our Shepherd we pray through Christ our Lord. Amen.
Scripture Meditation: James 1:22-25; Psa. 23; Psa. 119:105; 1 Sam. 3:10
Prayer: Our almighty and sovereign Father, we praise you and thank you that you order all things for the good of your people. We know that your Word tells us that we are the apple of your eye, your treasured possession and that you love us. We thank you that you order all things for our good though we cannot always understand what you are doing. We know that as you work on us and in us that you are doing so to conform us to the image of Christ. We confess that we often resist those things and strive against you because we are creatures of dust. As we contemplate the world in which we live, we see so much heartache and sorrow. We know that sin is the root cause of bitter rivalries and horrible things. We know that your Son is the only hope and solution to what ails your creation and creatures. We thank you that you have offered him to us as the only redeemer between God and men. We pray that you would humble us and break us and fashion us after your will. Grant to us a more willing Spirit to accept dark providences knowing that your steadfast faithfulness and glorious hope of the new heavens and new earth stands behind all that you do. Grant us hearts willing to accept what you bring into our lives we pray through Christ our Lord. Amen.
Scripture Meditation: Rom. 8:28; Gen. 50:20; Rom. 3:23; 6:23; 1 Tim. 2:5-6
Prayer: Grant almighty God that you would be pleased to bless your ministers of the Gospel of your dear Son. We know that they have been set apart by your Holy Spirit to serve your church and labor among them as undershepherds of the Chief and Good Shepherd. That labor is often under attack by the enemy of the souls of your people, and he often works to sideline all of their efforts. We know that you have told them to preach the Word and diligently study it. We know that they often labor on their knees for the sake of those you have charged to their care. We pray that they would be faithful shepherds, not like those unfaithful men who do not feed the sheep and tend to their care. We confess that we do not always respect those who labor over us, nor do we esteem them highly in olive because of their work. Like us, we know that they wrestle with sin and this fallen world, so we ask that you would protect them and keep them, not leading them into temptation but delivering them from the evil one. We thank you for those men who are faithful to uphold your Word, not as men-pleasers but as those who must give an account for our souls. Therefore, holy Father, give them an extra measure of your grace and Spirit today as they labor for the souls of men we pray, through Christ, the Good Shepherd of the sheep. Amen.
Scripture Meditation: 1 Pet. 5:1-5; 2 Tim. 4:1-5; Ezek. 34:1-10; 1 Thess. 5:12-13; Matt. 6:9-13; Gal. 1:10; Heb. 13:17
Prayer: Grant almighty God that your people would listen carefully to the pointed words of your Son when he tells his followers that they must live lives of self-denial. We confess to you that we are often prone to seek our own way and our own pleasure. Too often, we live each day as though this life defines the core of our existence. Yet, we know what your Word tells us — to store up treasures in heaven and to set our minds on things above. We are easily ensnared by the trivial issues of this world. We complain and gripe over our own rights and concerns. Yet, we so rarely think about your Kingdom. We are busy building our own and put all of our energies into things that will not satisfy and will come to an end. We disregard our souls for the sake of our bodies. We ignore that which feeds our soul and clamor over our next morsel of bread. We ignore the needs of others for the sake of our own needs. In short, we fall miserably short of living lives of self-denial. Forgive us, Father, for such shortsighted thinking and living. Please grant us true godly repentance in these areas and give us more desire to live as your Son called his followers to live — taking up our cross daily and denying self always. All of these things we pray through Him who denied himself to rescue us. Amen.
Scripture Meditation: Mark 8:34; 2 Tim. 2:12-13; Lk. 9:23-26; Matt. 6:19-21, 33; Col 3:1-3
Prayer: Grant, Almighty God, that, since thou hast hitherto so kindly invited us to thyself, and daily invites us, and often interposes also thy threatening to rouse our inattention, and since we have been inattentive to thy reproofs, as well as to thy paternal kindness, – O grant, that we may not, to the last, proceed in this our wickedness, and thus provoke the vengeance thou here denounces on men past recovery; but that we may anticipate thy wrath by true repentance, and be humbled under thy hand, yea, be thy word, that thou mayest receive us into favor, and nourish us in thy paternal bosom, through Christ our Lord. Amen.