Prayer: Our God in heaven, the one living and true God, we thank you for the tremendous blessing of the Lord’s Day. We are grateful for the privilege we have to come into your presence today, gathered as a peculiar people, to adore your majesty, sing your praises, plead with you for more grace, and to hear from you as your Word is read and proclaimed. Like the psalmist, we say with one mind, heart, and voice, “It is good to go to the house of the Lord.” We are your people, gathered by the Good Shepherd. As the sheep of your pasture, we desire to come into your gates with thanksgiving, with shouts of joy for the ministry of the resurrected Savior. As we hear your Word today, please help us to meditate and confer with what we hear. Grant us the grace to be good listeners and doers of that which we hear. Grant to us your Spirit that we would seek to bring forth the fruit of it in our lives. We pray this in the name of the matchless and wonderful Savior, Jesus Christ. Amen.
Scripture Meditation: John 17:3; Gen. 2:1-3; 2 Pet. 2:9-10; Ps. 100; John 10; Luke 24:14; Heb. 2:1; Deut 6:6-7; James 1:25
Prayer: Father, we thank you for your divine plan to give your people one day in seven to be refreshed by your presence. We are blessed beyond measure with your abiding promise to speak to your people through the preached Word. Though we know that you use the preaching of your Word, the living voice of Christ speaking, we also confess to you that we are sometimes negligent in preparing to hear your Word. While you give us this ordinary means of grace, we confess our lack of zeal, at times, and ask that you would forgive us and help us to make our minds and hearts ready to hear the preaching of your Word on the day that you ordained for the good of our souls. We pray this in the name of Christ. Amen.
Scripture Meditation: Gen. 2:1-3; Ex. 20:8-11; 2 Tim. 4:1-5; 1 Pet. 2:1-2; Luke 8:18
Prayer: Father, your Word tells us not to worry or be anxious about anything, but, instead, to cast all of our cares upon you with thanksgiving, making all of the concerns that affect us known to you. You tell us plainly that you care for us because, as a Father, you love us and work exceedingly and abundantly beyond anything we can imagine or ask. We know that you have told us not to fear because you have redeemed us. We read your promises to always be with us even when the cares of this world, like a flood, surround us. Forgive us for not believing you. Forgive us for knowing what you Word says and then fail to act on it. Please help us believe that you care for your people working all things to the glory of your name and your people’s good. We pray this in the name of the Lord Jesus Christ. Amen.
Scripture Meditation: Phil. 4:4-7; 1 Pet. 5:7; Eph. 3:20; Isa. 43:1-7; Rom. 8:28
Prayer: Our Father, you are a kind and gracious God, forgiving sin and transgressions through the work of Christ in his active and passive obedience. Through our union with Christ, we enjoy the assurance of your love, peace of conscience, joy in the Holy Spirit, the increase of grace, and perseverance to the end. As our Father, you give to your children that which they need. Each day you show forth your Fatherly care for us in giving to us that which we need. Through your care, we enjoy our daily bread and the means to that end. We thank you for being kind to us. We ask you that we would enjoy the several benefits of this life and your blessings with them this day. We ask that you would indeed provide us with those things that you know we need as you have promised to do. We pray for greater trust in you and that fruit of the Spirit that moves us toward patience in your good timing as we wait upon you. Help us trust you, Father, and lean not on our own understanding,, knowing that your Word tells us that you will direct our paths. We pray this in the Name of the Savior, your Son, our Lord. Amen.
Scripture Meditation: Ex. 34:1-9; Rom. 5:5; Rom. 5:1; Rom. 14:17; 2 Pet. 3:18; Phil. 1:6; 1 Pet. 1:5; Mqatt. 6; Prov. 3:5-6
Prayer: Our God in heaven, we look out across our land and our world, and we see so many people living in rebellion against you. We witness the depravity of wicked people being exercised in the street. We hear the speech that is laden with vitriol and language that displeases you. We look, and we take note that men made in your image, with the law of God written on their hearts, are living in complete rebellion to your law and your holy demands. We are ashamed of these image-bearers and all of their actions. We know that if not for the glorious gospel, we too would walk as they walk. We, too, would be like these people who are darkened in their understanding. We lament our current circumstances and cry out to you for help and grace. We plead with you, our Father, that you would open the eyes and ears of these people. We ask that you would show them their foolishness and insolent pride. We beg you to do what no man can do. We confess to you our own sin in failing to seek your kingdom and righteousness. We acknowledge with shame that we often go astray in our own hearts doing things you have told us not to do and not doing what you have told us to do. We grieve our own short-sighted ways and how often we are consumed with the things of this life. Help us, Father, to set our minds on things above and not on the fleeting things of this earth. Help us to walk as children of light in a perverse and evil generation. We pray this in the name of the Lord Jesus Christ. Amen.
Scripture Meditation: Rom. 1; Gen. 1:27; Col. 3; Matt. 6:33
Prayer: Father, we come to you today as your children knowing that as our Father, you are able and ready to help us. You have told us to cast our cares upon you, and that is what we are doing when we pray and plead with you for all that we need in our lives. In prayer, we express our complete dependence on you for life. It is you that gives us the air that we breathe. It is you that determines the number of beats of our heart. It is you that provides for us our daily bread. We thank you for giving us all that we need and supplying us we things that allow us to enjoy this life that you have granted to us. We thank you for giving us that which we do not deserve. We praise you for our families and friends. We are grateful for the church and the fellowship of your people. We are a people that are blessed beyond measure. We ask that you would be pleased to pour out more blessings on your church — purifying and perfecting her to the glory of your name. We ask that you would guide your ministers and help them as they labor in your Word, knowing that through the ordinary means of grace, you build your church and strengthen your people. Help us, Father, to love the king and head of the church and serve him all of our days. We pray this in the mighty name of the Lord Jesus Christ. Amen.
Scripture Meditation: Rom. 8:15; Luke 11:13; 1 Peter 5:7; Matt. 6; 2 Tim. 4:1-5