Prayer: Father, we know that the times and seasons are in your hands. You have ordered our days from conception to death, and we do not know the day and hour of our end. What we do know is that you have told us to redeem the time and use each moment to serve you, pursuing your kingdom and righteousness. Yet, we live in a world with great distractions for your people. We are inundated with entertainment choices, social media, recreation of all sorts, and much more. We know that you demand your children to live godly and disciplined lives. Forgive us for wasting our time on senseless and meaningless pursuits. Help us use the time you have given to us to pray, seek your face, advance your kingdom, and bring glory and honor to your name. We pray this because of Christ, our Lord, and Savior. Amen.
Scripture Meditation: Eph. 5:16; Col. 4:5; Ps. 90:12; Matt. 6:33
Prayer: Father, you have told us to trust in your with all of our heart, and we know that we can because you are not a God who can lie. You are faithful and true, and all of your judgments are right and good. There is no shadow of turning in you, and, therefore, we know that what you said yesterday is still true today and will be tomorrow. Yet, we are prone to turning toward our own understanding of things and leaning too much on our own fallen wisdom and knowledge. We desire to rest firmly upon your Word, knowing that it will lead us and guide us as light guides our steps on a dark path. Forgive us for trusting in our own feeble and fallen mind and heart. Please grant us a deeper resolve to trust in you with all of our heart. We pray in the name of the Lord Jesus. Amen.
Scripture Meditation: Prov. 3:5-6
Prayer: Our God in heaven, you who have revealed yourself as the only true God. We confess that we are idol factories and often give our minds and hearts to things that are passing away. We fashion these idols out of everything that you have provided. We place our relationships above you. We place our schedules and priorities above you. Money, material goods, and all sorts of things are used to supplant your right to rule and reign over us. Thus, we give our affections to them and forget you. Like the church of old, we too often succumb to this grievous sin. We are ashamed of it. As your redeemed people, we know better. Therefore, we plead for your help and strength. We plead your forgiveness and a greater work of your Spirit that we may not sin against you. Please help us to set our minds and hearts on your majesty and beauty and glorify you in all that we do. We pray in the name of Christ. Amen.
Scripture Meditation: Gen. 1; Ps. 19; Ex. 20; Col. 3; 1 Cor. 10:31
Prayer: Father, we so often feel like the people of old as we wander through the wilderness of this life and world. We struggle to make sense of much that is going on around us. We know that your Word tells us that you are sovereign, but there are times when the struggle seems too much to bear. Yet, you cared for those people in their times of struggle, and you care for us in ours. We are pilgrims in this world waiting for a better country. Please forgive us for placing our minds and hearts on the fleeting things of this life and for being distracted from that which you have called us to do. Please help us to not grow weary in doing good and to run the race you have set before us. Remember your promise to bring us safely to our heavenly rest and grant to us your Spirit that we would persevere to the very end. We pray this in the name of the Lord Jesus Christ, our forerunner and Savior. Amen.
Scripture Meditation: Dan. 4; Psa. 115:3; Ex. 16; Col. 3:1-18; Gal. 6:9; Heb. 12:1; Phil. 1:6
Prayer: Father, we thank you for a new day that you have granted to us. We long to bring you glory as we go about our business that you have ordered. We thank you that you have ordered our steps and guide our way. We pray that we would glorify you with our behavior, and in all of it, we would exemplify the Lord Jesus Christ. We pray that we would glorify you with our tongues, and in all that we say, we would speak kindness and respect and encouraging words to and about others. We pray that we would glorify you with our thoughts in that we would think your thoughts after you having our minds and hearts immersed in your Word. Forgive us, Lord, for the many ways in which we fall short in these areas. Help us to obey you and do all that you have commanded us. Grant to us a greater zeal to live as useful salt and light in a dark world. We pray this in the name of the Lord Jesus Christ. Amen.
Scripture Meditation: 1 Cor. 10:31; Prov. 3:5-6; Eph. 5:1; James 3; Eph. 4:25-32; Phil. 4:7; Rom. 3:23
Prayer: Our Father in heaven, we thank you that you are a kind and gracious God who pities his children and has great compassion upon them. We praise you that you have provided numerous promises in your Word that bring comfort and hope to us. Many issues in this life require wisdom from on high, and we ask that you remember your promise to give your children wisdom and guidance when they ask for it. As we learn to trust you, we also know that you will guide our steps and lead us where you want us to go through it. We remain committed to you and your Word as we hold to the promise that you will lead us to our heavenly rest. Forgive us for wavering and forgive us for doubting, at times. Grant us more of your Spirit and comfort our souls with the knowledge that you are for us and are working to bless and purify your church. We pray this in the name of Christ. Amen.
Scripture Meditation: Ex. 34:1-9; James 1:5; Prov. 3:5-6