Prayer: Grant to us, our God, delight in the day you have made. Out of your abundant loving-kindness, you have granted us one day in seven in which you call us out of the world to find rest in your presence as a picture of that eternal blessedness to come. Grant, we plead with you to help us through the Eternal Spirit to love the Lord’s Day with all the hopes, expectations, comforts, and conviction it begins for your weary and exiled people. Forgive us, Father, for the many ways we trample underfoot this day you have given to us as a gift for our souls. Forgive us for our lack of zeal to prepare for worship and the preaching of your Word. Please help us not to be like the visible church of old that disregarded the voice of the prophets as they warned them of the judgment to come. Please give us ears to hear from your Word as those set apart to labor and feed your sheep the good food that the Good Shepherd promises to all those who love him. Please move in such a way that we hear the voice of the Savior today as he continues to guide and direct his people. Please help us not only to listen but also to learn the oracles of the faith once delivered to the saints. Please cause us to raise our voices heavenward, praising you for your abundant mercies and grace. We know that we do not deserve the least of your mercies, but in Christ, there is no longer any condemnation. Instead, we are your children and you, our Father. So, help us, holy Father, to serve and love you today as you have commanded. Please give us what you command we ask and pray through Christ our Lord. Amen.
Scripture Meditation: Psalm 23; Hosea 9
Prayer: Our Father in heaven, hallowed be your name, your kingdom come, your will be done on earth as it is in heaven. We give you thanks for your many mercies and the grace you extend to your adopted children each day. We thank you for loving us with an eternal love and rescuing us from a world of sin and misery by giving us the hope of Christ and the promise of an eternity in your comfortable presence. We know that it was your will to open our eyes and heart to the truth of your Word. As such, we have no reason to boast or be proud. We have nothing to offer you, for we are creatures of dust. Therefore, we know that our eyes have no reason to look too highly, and our hearts have no reason to be filled with pride because you alone have given to us the life we now live. Forgive us, Father, for the many times we have walked, talked, and behaved like arrogant fools. Forgive us, Father, for the times when we have acted in arrogance before you. As those who have tasted your goodness, we know that we can take no credit for your marvelous work. You alone deserve our praise and adoration. Please help us to quiet ourselves and all swelling thoughts we may have and sit quietly before you, contemplating your grace and favor given to helpless sinners. Please cause us to love you like a child loves a mother and give us that simple child-like faith that pleases you. Please grant us the hope of your promises and a better grasp of that love that will persevere us to the end. We pray for these things through Christ our Lord. Amen.
Scripture Meditation: Psalm 131
Prayer: Our Father, we thank you and praise you for the mercy and grace that pursues us throughout our lives. We are like sheep, and we often go astray. Yet, in Christ, you have given us a Good and Faithful Shepherd that we can follow with great security and peace. He gives us all that we need and leads us to peace and safety because of his love for us. We thank you for causing us to proclaim, “The Lord is my Shepherd,” because you have rescued us from the land of misery and placed us in your pasture. Yet, there are times that we stray from that place of peace. Sometimes, we confess, we go our way instead of the way mapped and planned by the Savior. We are thankful that he seeks us and brings us back during those times. We thank you that he will comfort and guide us all our days and bring us to where you are in the New Heavens and New Earth. Forgive us, Father, for the ease in which we wander from your commands. Please help us to follow our Shepherd wherever he leads us. Please give us more of your grace today as we hear from him the preaching of your Word. We pray these things through Christ, our Lord. Amen.
Scripture Meditation: Psalm 23
Prayer: Most holy Father, we drop to our knees in reverence and awe of your majesty and grace as the one true King of heaven and earth. We come to you with pleading hearts, asking for a sense of your presence as we gather to worship you today. We ask because we are in desperate need of your help and strength, for we are pilgrims living in a strange land. We plead for your church today, asking for you to strengthen and keep it, guiding it according to your Word. We ask that as we gather today, we would take back those strongholds that have been captured by the enemy of our souls and advance your kingdom, exalting the true King and hearing from him as the Word of God is opened, read, proclaimed, and heard. We pray for a measure of your grace in the proclamation of your Word pleading for the help of the Holy Spirit as it is preached. We further ask that through your love and kindness, you will open our eyes and ears to hear the truth as given from your Word and then do what we hear.
Forgive us, Father, for our many sins and transgressions. We wound and hurt others. We fail to consider the needs of our brothers and sisters. We fall short in decisions we must make, often failing to ask for your wisdom and grace as we make them. Forgive your people, Lord, for the many ways they seek their kingdom and not yours. Though we are a miserable bunch, you have determined to redeem us and make us like your beloved Son. So, we ask that on this day, you will remind us of the glorious hope of seeing our Lord, being with him, and being like him for eternity. These things we pray through Christ our Lord. Amen.
Scripture Meditation: 2 Tim. 4:1-5; Matt. 16:18
Prayer: Our God, you have been our safety, refuse, and a fortress throughout our lives. Because of the work of redemption brought about by your sovereign good pleasure and love and rooted in that which your beloved Son, our great High Priest, accomplished, we have great reason to praise you and stand in awe of you. Though our sins are as scarlet, you have washed them white as snow. Though we are creatures of dust, you have called us the apple of your eye and treasured possession. Though our days are brief, you have appointed each of them, commanding us to use them to the glory of your great name. Indeed, our Father, you have made us to enjoy you and worship you. You give us this one day in seven to gather with others that you have placed your love upon that we might praise the God of heaven with one voice and heart.
Please help us to do that today, our God. Please help us to hunger and thirst for righteousness. Please help us to seek your kingdom. Please help us to see your glory. Though we confess that we often stray from the purpose of this day due to the weakness of our flesh and the countless distractions surrounding us, we know that you are just and faithful to forgive your weak children as they humble themselves before you. Therefore, Father, forgive us and help us use this day for the purpose you gave it to us. May we know something of the eternal rest you promise, and may we draw strength from the beauty that is your worship in the presence of the true God. We pray for these things through Christ our Lord. Amen.
Scripture Meditation: Psalm 90
Prayer: Our Father, we confess to you that we are sometimes downcast and discouraged at the affairs of this world, your church, and our lives. We confess that we sometimes allow those circumstances to dominate our minds and emotions, leaving us feeling useless and worthless. Father, in those times, we ought to lift our hearts to you in prayer, pleading for your mercy and grace and focusing our attention not on the circumstances of this world but on your Word. We know that you are for your people and have called them from a life of sin, redeeming us through the blood of your Son. Yet, Father, sometimes we feel terrible and think that, perhaps, you have gone far away. Indeed, there are times when we feel and act like practical atheists instead of blood-bought and adopted children of the Most High God. Forgive us, Lord, and help us. Please help us calm our hearts and sit quietly before your throne in those times of clamor and chaos. Please help us hope in you, the God and Rock of our salvation. Please be merciful to your people we pray through Christ our Lord. Amen.
Scripture Meditation: Psalm 131