Daily Prayer for the Lord’s Day: July 7, 2024

Daily Prayer for the Lord’s Day: July 7, 2024

Prayer: Our gracious and merciful Father, we come to you this morning with humble expectations of your presence as we gather in the name of Christ to worship, honor, and adore you for your marvelous works and acts of kindness offered to sinners. Like the apostle, we cry, “Who will deliver us from this body of death? Praise be to God through Jesus Christ our Lord!” Therefore, our God, we desire to glorify you with our thoughts and words today as we celebrate another Lord’s Day that reminds us of your continuous flow of grace to weary sinners and the hope of the resurrection and the glorious life with you in your presence. Please forgive us for not honoring this day above all other days. Please forgive us for our lack of affection and love for you. Please forgive us for forgetting the mercy and grace you give us through the hope of the Gospel. Please help us today and remind us of your favor as your chosen people and the apple of your eye. Please grant us an extra measure of your Spirit, enabling us to worship you as you deserve. We long to see your beauty and majesty. May you be pleased to show us something of your glory as your Word is read and proclaimed today. Please rend the heavens and come down and meet with us, blessing and helping us as weary pilgrims in this sin-wrecked world. Please sustain us by your grace and please work in us a greater love for you and your Son. We pray these things in his name. Amen.

Scripture Meditation: Rom. 7:24-25

Daily Prayer for July 3, 2024

Daily Prayer for July 3, 2024

Prayer: Our Father in heaven, you who are holy, forgiving transgression and sin, burying all of it in the deepest ocean and separating them as far as the East is from the West, we praise you and thank you for not treating us as our sins deserve. We desire to worship you in Spirit and truth, though we know that our efforts will not approach the adoration due to you. You are glorious and great, the one true God who made the heavens and the earth. You are the God who orders everything and directs them according to your infinite wisdom and purpose. Who can we compare to you? Who is like you? Indeed, there is no one. Therefore, all we can do is stand in awe of you and offer our words of praise to you, knowing that they will appear as the words of children in your ears. Yet, due to the work of Christ, you are pleased to receive them. You delight in the praises and prayers of your people. You hear them bathed in the righteousness of Christ, and you bless us as a result. We know, our Father, that we sin daily in thought, word, and deed. Though we know you are sovereign, we worry about many things. We worry about our health, our finances, our future. We worry about the leaders of our nation and our state. We grow anxious about what others may do to us, and we quickly forget that you control every pedantic detail of our lives. You number the hairs of our heads and clothe the fields with splendor and beauty. You feed the birds of the sky and the beasts of the fields. Why, Lord, do we grow anxious about many things? We confess our lack of trust in you. We confess that we worry because we believe it will somehow accomplish something. We confess the stupidity of that thought and the sinfulness of our hearts and minds as we struggle to wrestle control from you. How foolish we are, often, O God! Please forgive us. Please help us to trust you with all our hearts and lean not on our understanding of things. Please grant us the peace that can only come from you as we learn to cast all our cares on you because you care for us. Please give us an abundance of your Spirit and order our days as only you can. Please remind us often that you are for us and working all things for the good of your church, conforming us to the image of the Savior we love. We pray these things in his name. Amen.

Scripture Meditation: Micah 7:19; Psa. 103:12-14; Psa. 115:3; Phil. 4:6; 1 Pet. 5:7; Rom. 8:28

Daily Prayer for June 6, 2024

Daily Prayer for June 6, 2024

Prayer: Grant, almighty God, a clear understanding of your divine will as you plainly demonstrate your power and might through all you have made. Grant, we plead with you to help all those made in your image to see the glory of your beloved Son as shown in your most holy Word. We ask for your glory to spread throughout all the earth and for the power of the hope of salvation to be told to all those who are enabled to hear by the Eternal Spirit. Though we are creatures of dust and not worthy of the least of your mercies, we thank you for rescuing us and giving to us a new heart and new mind patterned after the mind of Christ and the word he taught and recorded in the canon of the Bible. We thank you, Father, for your many mercies and the continual outpouring of grace given to those you call the apple of your eye and your treasured possession. Yet, our God, we confess that we stray often from those things you tell us. We confess that our minds are not always set on things above but are often consumed with the things of this earth. We confess that we are like sheep that go astray. Though we long to love you and serve you with all our hearts, souls, minds, and strength, we know that we wrestle against the deeds of the flesh. Please forgive us and help us. Please, our God, give us more and more of your Spirit, who alone is the giver of life. Please turn our hearts of stone and make them more like flesh so they can be molded after the image of the Lord Jesus Christ, who loved perfectly, served fervently, and did all your holy will. Please help us today. Please give us more grace, our God, we pray in the glorious name of the Savior. Amen.

Scripture Meditation: Psa. 17:8; Deut. 32:10; Matt. 6:10; Col. 3

Daily Prayer for June 4, 2024: Psalm 3

Daily Prayer for June 4, 2024: Psalm 3

Prayer: Our Father and Redeemer, we look to you for help and grace as we languish in this vale of tears, struggling to pilgrim through this existence wrecked by sin. We confess that we often grow weary as we seek to do good. We confess that this life is often hard as we seek to work through the troubles and travails that this life offers. Indeed, the more we see how rotten this world is, the more we long for the blessed hope of eternity with you. Sometimes, we think it is our only hope, and, indeed, it is because life is brief and our lives are a vapor. Father, we know that your Son suffered while serving. Too often, we forget that. We know he entrusted himself to your will, but we sometimes want our will, not yours. Please forgive us. Please hear our cries for mercy and grace as we continue moving forward. Please give some relief to us as we strive to do what you command. Please, we beg you, give to us the joy of your salvation in those times when it is hard to find and seems beyond reach. Our God, we know that you do all things well. Yet, we confess that we do not often understand why evil people slander us, oppose us, and smear our names. We plainly admit that it doesn’t feel very good. We want to revile those who revile us. We want to seek revenge, though we know you forbid it. Instead, you tell us to love our enemies and pray for them. We confess that it is hard to do. We are miserable creatures. Therefore, our Father, please help your redeemed people during those times of great anguish. Please silence the mouths of those who oppose your church. Please rise up and defend your people and all those who oppose the Savior. Please unmask their evil intentions for the sake of your children. These things we pray through Christ our Lord. Amen.

Scripture Meditation: Psa. 3

Daily Prayer for the Lord’s Day: May 26, 2024

Daily Prayer for the Lord’s Day: May 26, 2024

Prayer: Grant to your redeemed people, almighty God, a sense of your presence today as we gather to worship and adore you, the one true God of whom there is no other. Grant, we plead with you a sense of your grace, restoring us from the trials and difficulties of this fallen world and reminding us of your love for us even in the face of hostilities and evil people. We further plead with you to calm our minds and emotions brought about by those who seek to ruin your church and your people. We further ask you to remove the mask they have lived behind for many years and expose them for who they are. We know your Word tells us that you are for your people, and you will defend them from wicked behavior. You ask you to act on behalf of your church. Therefore, we beg you, the LORD of hosts, to rise up and rally the forces of heaven against those who seek to harm your people. We know you have done this in the past. It was you who rescued your covenant people from Egypt and the cruelty of those who sought to destroy your church. We know that you spared Elijah on Mt. CArmle when he stood alone against the idolatry of his day. We know that you stood with your beloved Son as he faced opposition from every corner as he labored to rescue poor and pitiful sinners. Father, we are not deserving of your protection. There is nothing good in us. Yet, you promised to help us, and so we plead with you, the God of all creation, to intervene in a mighty way for the sake of your church. We pray for those who are persecuted for righteousness’ sake. We pray for those men and women laboring in hostile areas of this world, naming the name of the Lord Jesus, who is attacked on every side. Please, our God, defend them and the cause of your Son. Please help your church, wherever she may be found, and defend her against the Evil One that roams about seeking whom he may devour. We pray these things through the name of Christ, our Lord. Amen.

Scripture Meditation: Matt. 5:10-12; Psa. 56:1-4; Psa. 118:6; Rom. 8:31

Daily Prayer for the Lord’s Day: March 31, 2024

Daily Prayer for the Lord’s Day: March 31, 2024

Prayer: Our God, we are thankful that you demonstrated your love to us and that while we were still sinners, Christ died for us. Yet, death could not contain him, and you gloriously and triumphantly raised him from the dead for our justification and sanctification. As such, we are afforded many benefits and blessings due to this risen and alive Savior, your son, and our Lord. We give you praise for accepting his sacrifice for us. We thank you for his work he has conquered sin and the grave, and we no longer need to fear death. We further thank you for the blessings of hope for the life to come, knowing that our bodies, though passing away, will remain united to Christ until our resurrection. Father, there are many blessings given to us through the life, death, and resurrection of the Lord Jesus Christ. Yet, we confess, we spend so little time reflecting on them in a way that moves us to remain steadfast, immovable, and always abounding in your work. Please forgive us for not meditating on your Son’s resurrection, and forgive us for the ease with which we wander from the narrow path you have placed us. Please help us reflect deeply on your Son’s resurrection — not only this day but every day we live. Please grant us your Spirit and remind us of our need to think often about Christ and his work. He is alive. He is mediating for us. We praise you, our eternal and holy Father, for your great work of redemption. We pray these things through the name of our risen and glorified King. Amen.

Scripture Mediation: Mark 16:1-8; John 11; 1 Cor. 15