Daily Prayer for December 8, 2022 (Psalm 3)

Daily Prayer for December 8, 2022 (Psalm 3)

Prayer: Our loving Father and protector of your redeemed people, we come to you as weary pilgrims in a world that has rejected your Word and heaps troubles upon us. There are times in our lives when we struggle with anxiety over evil people’s efforts to bring us harm. At times, many oppose us, though we only desire the good of those who hate us. At times, many sometimes taunt and mock us because we place our hope in you. Sometimes, Father, those attacks come from within our household. Sometimes they come from supposed friends. Sometimes they come from our employers. Indeed they come from various places. Yet, we look to you to be a shield around us. As we face these things, we ask that you protect and guide us. We ask that you would make us trust you and your divine providence and wait for your work to be accomplished throughout. Please grant us peace in calamity and help us due to the work of your Son we pray in His Name. Amen.

Scripture Mediation: Psa. 3

Daily Prayer for December 7, 2022 (Psalm 2)

Daily Prayer for December 7, 2022 (Psalm 2)

Prayer: Our Great God and King, we bow before your majesty as the ruler of all things and sovereign over all you have made. We bow before you as the one true God of heaven and earth, and there is no other. We bow before you because you deserve our reverence, adoration, and praise. You have redeemed us and, therefore, opened our eyes to behold you and see that you alone rule and govern all your creatures and all their actions. Yet, many in the world rebel against you and your Anointed, the Lord Jesus Christ. Professing to be wise, they have become fools. You hold them in derision. You warn them to repent of their foolishness and look to your beloved Son. We pray, O God, that you would be pleased to turn the hearts of our leaders to you. We pray that you would open their eyes to see and behold your beauty in the face of your only begotten Son. We plead with you to turn the hearts and minds of our leaders to you, for only you can make dead bones live. We further ask that you protect us from evil actors in this world and not allow these leaders to harm your church. We know that your wise and holy counsel determines all that you do, and we trust that you know what is best for us. Yet, we still pray on behalf of these leaders that you would rescue them from their sins. These things we pray in the name of the Lord Jesus Christ, the King of kings and Lord of lords. Amen.

Scripture Meditation: Psa. 2

Daily Prayer for December 6, 2022 (Psalm 1)

Daily Prayer for December 6, 2022 (Psalm 1)

Prayer: Grant almighty God that as we read your Word and the words of the Psalmist, we would delight in your law and see your Son who delighted in your Word. May we, as your redeemed people, learn to walk carefully according to all that you teach us in the pages of the Holy Scripture. Grant, we beg you, a willingness to not take counsel from the world and the wicked. Grant, we ask of you that we would avoid surrounding ourselves with the revilers and rebellious but, instead, take counsel from the righteous and those who fear you. We thank you, Lord, for prospering the work of our hands as we learn to love you and your Word. Please grant us an increase of grace and bring fruit from our labors, we pray through Christ our Lord. Amen.

Scripture Meditation: Psa. 1

 

Monday with Calvin: A Daily Prayer for December 5, 2022

Monday with Calvin: A Daily Prayer for December 5, 2022

Prayer: God has set all things for our good and our salvation; in our very selves we feel his power and grace, his great, unnumbered benefits, freely conferred upon us. What else can we then do but stir ourselves to trust, invoke, to praise and love him? For all God’s handiwork is made for us. Even in the six days he shows his Father’s care for his child as yet unborn. Away, ingratitude, forgetfulness of him! Away with craven fear he may fail us in our need! For he has seen to it that nothing will be lacking to our welfare. Whenever we call on God, Creator of heaven and earth, we must be mindful that all he gives us is in his hand. Our every trust and hope we hang on him alone. Whatever we desire, we are to ask of him and thankfully receive each benefit that falls to us. Let us strive to love and serve him with all our hearts. 
(‘Hymn to Creation’ adapted from the Institutes by Ford Lewis Battle, The Piety of John Calvin, 169-170)

Scripture Mediation: Ps. 19

Daily Prayer for the Lord’s Day, December 4, 2022

Daily Prayer for the Lord’s Day, December 4, 2022

Prayer: Grant, almighty God, that we, as your redeemed people who are called out of the world to walk in newness of life, gather on another Lord’s Day they would do so with joy and delight for what you have done for us. Grant, our God, a willingness to hear from you as your Word is preached from the pulpit. We plead that you would grant your servant great unction and power from on high and that the sermon would be a powerful demonstration of your Spirit and be used by you to exalt your name and strengthen and edify your church. We pray, O God, that your name would be exalted in song and praise, for you alone are worthy. Grant, we pray that you would bless your people with your presence and that the sound of ‘amen’ would ring throughout the halls of our churches. We long to see your churches full of worshipers. We desire to see many come to a proper understanding of the gospel through the Word proclaimed. Therefore, holy God, bring many to hear today. Please open the eyes and ears of the people and cause them to be hearers and doers of your Word we pray through Christ our Lord. Amen.

Scripture Meditation: Ps. 100; 2 Tim. 4:1-5; 1 Cor 2:1-5

Daily Prayer for November 30, 2022

Daily Prayer for November 30, 2022

NOTE: Starting with the December 1, 2022, edition of the daily prayer, I will begin praying through the Psalms, starting with Psalm 1 and continuing until it is complete.

Prayer: Grant, almighty God, that you who are all glorious and mighty, full of wisdom and understanding, would draw your people to worship you with their lives today, doing all that you have commanded them to do. We thank you for your work of redemption through which you rescued poor sinners from their dead state and made them alive in Christ. We thank you that you were pleased to crush your Son for our sakes, unworthy as we are for the good news that has come to us. We thank you that you will continue that good work of conforming us into His image until we are made like Him, see Him, and are with Him forever. Grant, we plead that you would cause us to walk as holy as is possible for sinners in thankful duty for what you have done and are doing for us. Please forgive us for our many sins and transgressions and cause us to put to death the deeds of the flesh that we might honor you we pray through Christ our Lord. Amen.

Scripture Meditation: Is. 53; Rom. 8:28-30; Phil. 1:6