Prayer: Almighty God, we praise your name today because you have made us and redeemed us. Through the work of your Son, we have been purchased as a peculiar people, your treasured possession. You have called us by name, and we belong to you. Once, we were aliens and strangers to the covenant of promise but now have been brought near as your chosen people, adopted to be holy and blameless in your sight. We thank you for this great privilege of being sons and daughters of the Most High. We confess that we do not always walk worthy of the calling you have placed upon our lives. We desire, however, to do all that you have commanded us not because it will add to our union with you but out of love for all you have done for us. Be pleased, our Father, to grant us more of your Spirit and help us to walk in the newsless of life that your redeemed people possess by virtue of your eternal Son who gave his life a ransom for many. These things we pray in praise and thanksgiving through Christ our Lord. Amen.
Scripture Meditation: Gen. 1; Ex. 20:1-2; Is. 43: Eph. 4:1
Prayer: Our glorious God, we boldly approach your throne today, having been given access to it through the work of the great High Priest, your Son, and our Lord. We come to plead for our churches and our families. We know that the people of old fell miserably and turned themselves to the cares of this world and idols of every kind because they failed to teach the next generation about you and your Word. As a result, they came under your Fatherly displeasure and were disciplined for their sin. We are also commanded to raise our children in the nurture and admonition of the Lord, to teach them all of your ways and commandments. We grieve our current world and the state of the church where your people are busy doing many things except those that are most needful. WE have failed, in many ways, to teach our children about you. We have been deceived into thinking that everything will work out if we merely bring them to church. Yet, the people of old had your very presence in the midst of them, and they still rebelled. How will we escape if we fail to teach the next generation about you? Forgive us, Father, for wasting precious time with those precious souls you have given to us. Please help us renew our zeal to honor your Word and obediently strive to teach our children the precious doctrines of our most holy religion. We pray these things in the name of the Lord Jesus. Amen.
Scripture Meditation: Heb. 4:14-16; Deut. 6:4-9; Ps. 78; Eph. 6:1-4
Prayer: Almighty God, we praise you today because you have redeemed a people for yourself through the work of the Good Shepherd of the Sheep, the Lord Jesus Christ. As we survey your church, we see that she is often torn asunder and often faces enemies from within and without. We know that Christ as King will restrain and conquer all his and our enemies. We are thankful for that glorious promise and hope. Yet, there are times when we grow weary of the battle with the world, the flesh, and the devil. Our lives seem to go from one struggle to the next. As one branch of your church faces an important week as they gather to do the work of the King and Head of the church, we pray that your Spirit will guide and direct, your Word upheld, false and dangerous teaching put down, and the glory of Christ exalted. Please help your church, Lord. Please purify her and rid her of the leaven that threatens to destroy the whole lump. We pray this in the strong name of the Savior. Amen.
Scripture Meditation: 1 Pet. 2:9-10; Gal. 5:9; Matt. 7:15-20
Prayer: Our merciful God, you who are triune, full of loving-kindness and goodness, we praise your name today, seeking to do your holy will in all that we do and in all that you order for us. WE are thankful that you are patient and kind with us as we pilgrim through this life as exiles in a strange land. We are thankful for your Word that declares that you have called us by name and that we belong to you. Though we may struggle through difficult seasons in a fallen world, we know that you have promised that the waters will not overwhelm us, and the fire will not consume us. We are humbled at your infinite love demonstrated in the crushing of your own Son that we might have hope and comfort and your great forgiveness for our many sins. Therefore, we look to you today as our sure hope and help, a mighty refuge in which we find comfort and rest. Please help us, Father. Please grant us a greater measure of your Spirit that we would serve you with great joy and delight all of our days. We pray these things in the name of your Son and our Lord. Amen.
Scripture Meditation: Is. 43:1-7; 1 Pet. 1:1-9; James 1:1-4; Rom. 5:8
Prayer: Almighty and merciful God, you alone are the alone sovereign over all creation, for you have made all things, visible and invisible, in the space of six days, and all very good. Because you are the Creator, you have every right to demand worship and obedience from your creatures. Yet, in our stubborn and stiff-necked ways, we often worship the creature and not the Creator. Too often, we do our own thing and go our own way, offering violence to your just demands and moral law. Sadly, as your redeemed people, we do these things and bring your Fatherly displeasure. Forgive us, Lord. We know of the many examples of your people of old that rebelled against you. We seek to learn from them and their ways. Please help us to learn your Word so that we may not sin against you. Thank you for always being ready to forgive. Please be patient with us, and help us by your Spirit. We pray these things in the name of Christ. Amen.
Scripture Meditation: Gen. 1; Ps. 145:17; Rom. 7:12; Rev. 5:12-14; Rom. 1:24-25; Ps. 119:9-11; 1 John 1:9
NOTE: I am starting a new segment of “The Daily Prayer” each Monday that will reproduce the published prayers of John Calvin. In most cases, the source of the prayer will be given (if available).
Prayer: Grant, Almighty God, that since thou art pleased kindly to invite us to thyself, and hast consecrated thy word for our salvation, O grant that we may willingly, and from the heart, obey thee, and become so teachable, that what thou hast designed for our salvation may not turn to our perdition; but may that incorruptible seed by which thou doest regenerate us into a hope of the celestial life so drive its roots into our hearts, and bring forth fruit, that they name may be glorified; and we may be so planted in the courts of thine house, that we may grow and flourish, and that fruit may appear through the whole course of our life, until we shall at length enjoy that blessed life which is laid up for us in heaven, through Christ our Lord. — Amen.
(From Everyday Prayer with John Calvin, written by Donald McKim, p, 18)