Prayer: Our God in heaven, we adore and praise you today because you are the One who, in the beginning, created man in your image and breathed into them the breath of life. We thank you that we are made in your image and have been designed to glorify you and enjoy you for all eternity. We are grieved at the wickedness of our hearts and minds due to the inherited nature of sin and depravity. We long to be holy as you are holy. We are ashamed that we, as new creations, so often forget you and fail to honor you with our thoughts, words, and actions. Forgive us, our Father. Please help us by your Spirit, to seek first your kingdom and righteousness all of our days.
We pray for those who have lost loved ones to the inescapable enemy of death. We ask that you would comfort them and strengthen them as they remember and grieve. We ask that you would remind your people that the Lord Jesus has conquered death and the grave and that he holds forth the glorious hope that death will never overcome his people. We pray this in His Name. Amen.
Scripture Meditation: Gen. 1:27; 1 Cor. 10:31; 1 Peter 1:13-21; Matt. 6:33; 1 Cor. 15
Prayer: Our Father in heaven, we humble ourselves before your throne today to ask of you the things that we need. We adore you for your sovereign mercy and grace poured out on sinners. We thank you that though this world is passing away, your Word will never fail or come to an end. We are grateful to you that you have not left us in the dark, but have given your Word as a light unto our path. Though the flower fades and the grass withers, your Word will never end. Forgive us for taking the Scriptures for granted. Help us to labor diligently in it day after day, meditating on it and through it growing in grace and the knowledge of the Lord Jesus Christ. Please help us, by your Spirit, to not be mere hearers of your Word but doers of what it says. We pray this in the Name of the Lord Jesus Christ. Amen.
Scripture Meditation: 1 Peter 5:7; Isa. 40:8; Ps. 119:105; Jas. 1:22
Prayer: Our Father in heaven, you who are holy and the Creator of all things, we bless your Name today as we bow before your throne from which you rule and reign and govern your creatures and creation in providence. We thank you that you do all things well and that there is nothing outside your sovereign control. We confess to you that we are often discontent with your providence and with those things that you bring into our lives. We beg forgiveness for our lack of trust in you. We know that you are working all things for the good of your people and the glory of your Name. We desire to see you glorified and pray that this day you would teach us contentment. Please help us to live in such a way that you are honored as men see our good works that you have prepared beforehand for us to do. We pray this in the Name of the Lord Jesus Christ. Amen.
Scripture Meditation: Gen. 1:1; Ps. 47:8, 103:19; Ps. 115:3; Gen. 50:20; Rom. 8:28; Phil 4; Matt. 5:13-16
Prayer: Our God in heaven, Father, Son, and Holy Spirit, we pause today to ascribe to you glory and honor as the only God of heaven and earth. Though we live in a world that has been ruined by sin, and we see the effects of sinful men boasting in their own greatness and promoting their own arrogance, we know that you alone are wise. Your Word tells us what happens when men refuse to acknowledge you. These people, professing to be wise, have become fools. We grieve the state of our world, and we take notice of how much sin has done. We thank you that in your divine wisdom, purpose, and plan, determined to send the Lord Jesus Christ as the only mediator between you and sinful men. We thank you that we have an advocate with you, our Father, in the person and work of the Savior. Forgive us for failing to honor you daily with our lives, walking humbly with you. Grant to us a great measure of your Spirit. Revive us, and help us to live as salt and light in a dark and dying world. We pray this in the Name of Christ. Amen.
Scripture Meditation: Ps. 29; Rom. 1; Rom. 3:23, 6:23; 1 John 2:1-2; Matt. 5:13-16
Prayer: Our Father in heaven, we thank you for the privilege of prayer. We are grateful that we can address you as Father and, as we do, have confidence that you stand ready and able to help us as your children. We praise you for the work of adoption where you have moved us from the courtroom of wrath and judgment and brought us into your family room where we can cry out “Abba, Father.” We know that you have done this out of your mere good pleasure, in love, predestining us as sons and daughters through the work of the elected One, your Son. We confess that we do not often cry out to you as we should. We are ashamed of our weakness and laziness to plead with you for those things that we need in our lives. Forgive us and help us to pray as your Son taught us to pray. Grant to us a greater boldness and reverence as we come to you knowing that you will work all things according to your purpose plan. We pray this in the Name of the Lord Jesus Christ. Amen.
Scripture Meditation: Matt. 6:5-15; Luke 11:1-13; Rom. 8:12-17; Eph. 1:1-14; 1 Peter 5:7; Heb. 4:14-16
Prayer: Father, we take time to thank you today for the great gift of salvation that you alone accomplish in the lives of sinners. We praise you for the work of the Lord Jesus Christ, who willingly humbled himself to and served his people. We stand in awe of his humility in securing our redemption by setting his face like a flint to go to Jerusalem and willingly suffer at the hands of sinners and dying on a cruel and cursed cross. We thank you that he has risen and is now mediating for his people in the throne room of heaven. We are grateful for your grace and mercy, and we desire to bear fruit in response to your infinite and unchanging love for us. We pray for our friends and loved ones who have yet to see the beauty of the Savior. We pray that they would hear his gracious invitation to come to him, all that are weary because he will give rest to their troubled souls. We ask that you would open the eyes of the blind and resurrect the dead and bring to them life. We ask this knowing that it is you alone who brings salvation to sinners. Please be gracious to them and save them for the sake of your Son. We pray this in His Name. Amen.
Scripture Meditation: Phil. 2:5-11; 1 Tim. 2:5; Matt. 11:28-30