Prayer: Our most holy Father, you who stand able and ready to help us when we cry out to you for relief from the frustrations, perils, and burdens of this life, we bow before you today, mindful of your acts of providence in our lives. You alone are God, and there is no other. You alone order all things according to the counsel of your will — a will that is good, perfect, righteous, and holy. Though we sometimes wonder how you are working when we face dark providences, we know that we can cry out to you from the depths of those sorrows, knowing that you will hear your people and help us in our time of need. We thank you that you do not treat us as we deserve. We know we deserve no good thing from you, but due to your lovingkindness, you bestow on us those blessings of this life and give us what we don’t deserve. Though we struggle and wrestle with sin, you are quick to hear our cries for mercy and grant us the forgiveness that comes only through the blood of Christ. You help us to be patient in suffering and trial, granting us your spirit and that all-sufficient grace that is enough for us. We give us hope in a dark and decaying world through those promises you make in your Word. Indeed, our God, you are good to your church and your people, and we can only stand in awe of you, thanking you for the infinite kindness you display to weak and weary people. Please help us, Father, to love you and honor you today we ask through Christ our Lord. Amen.
Scripture Meditation: Psalm 130
Prayer: Our God, you who are great and glorious, the one true God of heaven and earth, we bow before your throne, acknowledging your majesty today, knowing that we are creatures of dust, prone to go our way and not yours. We are ashamed, our Father, at how easily we are turned aside to worthless things. We confess that we often give too much energy to things that will pass away. We confess that we often use our time for useless things and fail to seek your kingdom and righteousness with all our hearts. Father, please forgive us and help us. We are weak, but you are strong. The world, the flesh, and the devil easily overrun us. Yet, you have promised to help us, giving us your Spirit, protecting us from our enemies and ourselves. Father, we thank you that you love your church as a father loves the bride of his son. We thank you that you defend your church against those who hate her and seek to ruin her. We thank you for protecting your church from enemies within and without. We confess our lack of love for the bride of Christ as we often display it by absenting ourselves from your worship on the Lord’s Day. We confess our fickle hearts and hypocritical ways and ask that you, our God, forgive us for Christ’s sake. We pray for your church today, asking for your protection, care, love, and provision of all it needs. We pray for those local churches that are struggling. We pray for those churches that are being attacked from within and without. We pray that you will remember them for good, blessing them with an abundance of your grace and your presence and care. We pray for these things through Christ our Lord. Amen.
Scripture Mediation: Psalm 129
Prayer: Grant almighty God that your redeemed people would be glad and rejoice in this day that you have made, a day that reminds us of the eternal rest you have promised all those who love you. Grant, we plead with thee that your presence would be seen and known as we gather to worship the one, living, and true God of heaven and earth. As we gather together with the saints of your visible church, we pray that you would cause us to love you and seek you, denying self and gladly following you wherever you lead us. As we gather, we ask that you would be pleased to forgive us for the wavering and fickle affections of our hearts. Please work in us, our God, a greater love for you as we are reminded of your love for us through the means you give to your church. Please help us to hear you as you speak through the reading and preaching of your most holy Word. Please cause us to worship you with our whole heart, soul, mind, and strength. Please help us to see the beauty of our Savior who gave his life as a ransom for us, granting us access to your presence where we behold your majesty, might, and power. Though we are weak creatures, you have determined to strengthen us by giving us this one day in seven that reminds us of all you place before your church. Please help us and be merciful to us we ask through the name of Christ, our Lord. Amen.
Scripture Meditation: Gen. 2:1-3; 2 Tim. 4:1-5; Heb. 4
Prayer: We bless and praise your name, most holy God because you have made great promises to your people. You are good, and you do all things well. You bless us with the comfort of your Word, reminding us that you are kind to us, blessing us when we walk in fear. We thank you that you have changed our hearts and minds to love you and serve you, though we know that we fall short of all that you command. We are quickly turned aside from that which you tell us. We quickly wander like sheep who go astray. Yet, you are good to us and restore us through the work of your beloved Son, the Lord Jesus Christ.
Please help us fear you in truth, revere your name, and honor you with our lives. We pray for our families and especially our children. We ask that you protect them from the efforts of the Evil One to destroy them and ruin their souls. We ask that you make our homes as godly as possible for sinners. We further ask that you remember each family for good, teaching them to fear you all of their days and walk according to your word. Please guide our fathers as they seek to lead their wives and children in the things of the Lord. May they do so by word and example. We pray that our mothers would submit to their husbands in all things as their husbands submit to you. We pray you will use our children for good as they learn your ways. We confess our weakness in this area but pray for your grace that the culture around us will not sway us but will serve you in our families as you have told us. We pray for these things through Christ our Lord. Amen.
Scripture Meditation: Psalm 128
Prayer: Our God: Father, Son, and Holy Spirit, we bless your holy name today as those redeemed from the curse of the law and the miseries of eternal death that awaits all those who do not know, honor, love, and reverence you. We are thankful beyond words for your kindness to us. If you are for us, who can be against us? Yet, we know many things in this life oppose your people. First, we wrestle with the world around us, that world that is at odds with you and your Word. Second, we struggle with our flesh and the indwelling sin that lies within. You know our frame, and you know that we are dust. Third, we battle against the enemy of our souls and the kingdom of our Lord and Savior, Jesus Christ. Yet, we know you are for us, preparing a heavenly rest where there will be no more sorrow, tears, struggle, or death. Who can legitimately charge us? No one, for you have declared us righteous in your sight only for the righteousness of your Son imputed to us. There is no longer any fear of condemnation with you. Yet, we confess, our God, that we often forget these glorious truths and wander backward into doubt and despair. Please help us, Father, to trust you and your Word.
Today, we ask that you who ordained the family would be kind to the families of your visible church, blessing them and helping them fight the world, the flesh, and the devil. We know that unless you build the house, we labor in vain. Please help us build according to the blueprint of your holy Word. Please cause the fathers of families to lead their wives and children diligently by word and example. Please grant our wives a willingness to follow the godly leadership of their husbands. Please help our covenant children, protecting them from the culture and the world and the enemy of their souls. We pray for the next generation of your church, asking that you prepare godly men to lead your people. We ask that you be kind and remember your covenant with them all of their days. We pray for these things in the name of the Lord Jesus Christ. Amen.
Scripture Meditation: Rom. 8:31-34; Psa. 127
Prayer: Grant to us, most holy Father, a sense of your presence and care as we join with the visible church this morning to worship and honor you for your marvelous works and great love demonstrated to us in the giving of your Son, the Lord Jesus Christ. We further pray that you will be with those who bring your Word to us today. May you grant them a sense of your presence, the words of the Eternal Spirit, and freedom to speak plainly to the minds and hearts of the sheep of your pasture. We thank you for the glory of the Lord’s Day, asking you to remind us what this day represents to us as pilgrims in this world. Please remind us, our God, of the promises you have made to us. Please remind us of the eternal hope and rest that this day pictures for us. Please remind us of the “Christian hope” — that we will one day see our risen Lord, not by faith, but by sight. Father, we confess to you that we so often miss the blessing of the Lord’s Day because our hearts are far from you. We confess that we often get caught up with this world’s things and miss the beauty and joy that this day holds out for all those who love you. Please forgive us and cleanse us from all unrighteousness. Please help us, weary as we are from the cares of this life, to find the rest promised to us today, and may we bring you the honor, reverence, adoration, and love that you deserve. We ask these things through Christ, our Lord. Amen.
Scripture Meditation: Gen. 2:1-3; Ex. 20:8-11; Isa. 58:13-14