Daily Prayer for April 26, 2022

Daily Prayer for April 26, 2022

Prayer:
O Lord,
thou knowest my great unfitness for service,
    my present deadness,
    my inability to do anything for thy glory,
    my distressing coldness of heart.
I am weak, ignorant, unprofitable,
    and loathe and abhor myself.
I am at a loss to know what thou wouldest
       have me to do,
   for I feel amazingly deserted by thee,
   and sense thy presence so little;
Thou makest me possess the sins of my youth,
   and the dreadful sin of my nature,
   so that I feel all sin,
   I cannot think or act but every motion is sin.
Return again with showers of converting grace
   to a poor gospel-abusing sinner.
Help my soul to breathe after holiness,
   after a constant devotedness to thee,
   after growth in grace more abundantly every day.
O Lord, I am lost in the pursuit of this blessedness,
And am ready to sink because I fall short
      of my desire;
Help me to hold out a little longer,
   until the happy hour of deliverance comes,
   for I cannot lift my soul to thee
   if thou of thy goodness brings me not nigh.
Help me to be diffident, watchful, tender,
   lest I offend my blessed Friend
   in thought and behaviour;
I confide in thee and lean upon thee,
   and need thee at all times to assist and lead me.
O that all my distresses and apprehensions
   might prove but Christ’s school
   to make me fit for greater service
   by teaching me the great lesson of humility.

The Valley of Vision, pp. 180-181

Scripture Meditation: 2 Cor. 12:9

 

Monday with Calvin: A Daily Prayer for April 25, 2022

Monday with Calvin: A Daily Prayer for April 25, 2022

Prayer: Grant, Almighty God, that since Thou hast shone upon us by Thy Gospel —
O grant that we may always be guided by this light, and so guided that all our lusts may be restrained.
And may the power of Thy Spirit extinguish in us every sinful fervor, that we may not grow hot with our own perverse desires., but that all these being subdued, we may gather new fervor daily, that we may breathe after Thee more and more. 
Do not let the coldness of our flesh ever take possession of us, but may we continually advance in the way of piety, until at length we come to that blessed rest to which Thou invitest us and which has been obtained for us by the blood of the thine only begotten Son, our Lord Jesus Christ. Amen.
[Lifting Up our Hearts: 150 Selected Prayers from John Calvin]

Scripture Meditation: Hosea 7:1-6; Matt. 6:33

Daily Prayer for the Lord’s Day, April 24, 2022

Daily Prayer for the Lord’s Day, April 24, 2022

Prayer: Give ear to the cries of your people, our God and be pleased to grant justice and righteousness throughout the whole earth. May you be pleased to judge with righteousness and strength, vindicating your redeemed people and defending them from the wicked. May you, our Father, be quick to defend the cause of the poor and needy and take note and crush those who would oppress them for their selfish interests and gain. We pray that you would help us live differently than those who would oppress the poor, hoard their wealth, and use it to harm the church of the Lord Jesus Christ. We confess that we sometimes misuse the blessings you give to us. We confess that our priorities are subjected to this sinful world and evil passions. Too often, we use your good gifts to satisfy ourselves, and so rarely do we use them to bless others. Instead, we invest our time and money in things that do not profit and will not satisfy. We are ashamed that we spend so much of our time storing up treasures in this life and so little time mindful of the life to come. Forgive us, Father. Thank you for giving us your Son, who was oppressed, harassed, mistreated, and murdered by wicked and selfish people, for our sake. We plead your grace through Christ and ask that you would grant us more of your Spirit to move our minds and hearts toward you. Please give us minds that think on your majesty and beauty, and may we set our thoughts on things above. Grant to us a greater desire to deny ourselves for the sake of our Lord and Savior in whose name we pray. Amen.

Scripture Meditation: Ps. 72; Jas. 5:1-6; Mark 8:34; Col. 3:1-4. 

Daily Prayer for April 22, 2022

Daily Prayer for April 22, 2022

Prayer: Many are our foes, Oh Lord! Many rise up against us and you. They have rebelled against your righteous laws, and they have trampled underfoot that which is good and holy and righteous. They demean your statutes and profane your Name. How long, O Lord, will you wait to execute justice on the earth? Though we witness these atrocities, we confess that we would be like them if not for your grace and mercy shown toward us in the Lord Jesus Christ. Your Son taught us to pray for our enemies and do good to those who wrong us. Therefore, holy Father, we pray that you would be pleased to rescue the many living in enmity toward you by opening their eyes and ears to the truth of your Word and the hope of the gospel.

We pray that you will do what we cannot do, for we are incapable of changing hearts and minds. Although we can proclaim your Word and live as useful salt and light in a dark and decaying world, we can do nothing to affect evil people’s disposition, motives, and intentions. Please rescue them from their sin and spread the glorious gospel across the face of the whole earth. Forgive us, Father, for the many ways we fall short of your command to love others as we love ourselves. We are prone to vengeance and hatefulness. We are inclined to angry words and hurtful actions. We know that man’s anger does not produce the righteousness of God. Please help us and guide us this day, we pray through Christ our Lord. Amen.

Scripture Meditation: Ps. 3; Lk 6:27-33; Jas. 1:19-21

Daily Prayer for April 20, 2022

Daily Prayer for April 20, 2022

Prayer: O Lord, our Lord, how majestic is your name in all the earth. You have ordained all things and have offered the work of your hands that we would behold your majesty and glory displayed in the heavens and throughout creation. You have given us the changing seasons and the turning from the bleakness of winter to the refreshing elements of spring. From death, you bring life, and it encourages our hearts and lives. We thank you that you are our God, who blesses us with good things, namely the redeeming work of the Lord Jesus Christ, who makes all things new. Though creation is groaning under the weight of our sin, we know that your Son has accomplished all things necessary to reverse the ruin that sin has brought into your world. We thank you that our eyes have been opened to see your beauty, turning to praise you for all you do for us. As a kind Father, you have not treated us as our sins deserve, but you have buried them in the deepest ocean. Though we still sin, we know that we have an Advocate with you, Jesus Christ, the righteous. Forgive us for moving through our days and not pausing long enough to behold your handiwork in the things we see. Please help us see your beauty in the sun rising and setting each day. May we take notice of your power as you bring the rain to water the earth. Please grant us the mind to witness your majesty as the stars appear each night. May you move us to praise and honor you in all ways you make yourself known. 

We pray for your people and those who may be languishing under great burdens. We ask that you would sustain and help them, reminding them that your grace is sufficient for every need and concern. We know that some are hurting, facing the end of their lives. Though you are powerful enough to heal, we know that you do not always choose that path. Therefore, Father, please help your people rest in your promise to bring them to where you are, never leaving them or forsaking them. Finally, we ask that you would remind all of us that our lives are brief — that we are here today and gone tomorrow. May your Spirit prompt us to stop, look, and adore you today, for we do not know what tomorrow may bring. These things we pray through Christ our Lord. Amen.

Scripture Meditation: Ps. 8; Gen. 8:20-22; Ps. 19; Rom. 8:18-25Jas. 4:13-17

Daily Prayer for April 19, 2022

Daily Prayer for April 19, 2022

Prayer: Our Father, we bless and praise your name today because you alone are good and righteous, a God who does all things well and orders all things according to your most perfect and holy will. We thank you for being sovereign over all things, ordaining our past events, and bringing to pass all that will happen in our future. We thank you for giving us your Word, which details your work in history and the work of redemption brought to pass by the work of your Son and our Lord. We know that we are to teach our children these things, but we often fail to do so. Your Word tells us not to hide your redemptive work from our children, yet we do, at times, and we are sorry. We know that we are to raise our children in the nurture and admonition of the Lord, but often we allow the world to do the heavy lifting. Please forgive us, Father. Forgive us for not pointing the next generation to the glorious deeds you have done. Forgive us for not prioritizing our days around your Word and instructing our children about you. We know that we give far too much emphasis and priority to other things — things that are not necessarily wrong or sinful but have supplanted our primary responsibility to raise our children to love you with all their heart, soul, mind, and strength. Please help us to teach them the important truths found in your Word. Please help us do it day and night we pray through Christ our Lord. Amen.

Scripture Meditation: Ps. 78:1-4; Deut. 6:1-9