Prayer: We thank you, our God, because you are kind and gracious, not treating us as our sins deserve. Like your servant of old, a man after your heart, we, too, know that we sin daily in thought, word, and deed. We are ashamed at how easily we transgress your law and wander from your commandments. Yet, you are our God who has rescued us from the dominion of sin and delight in forgiving us out of your great love for your Son and us. We know that you forgive us, not because there is anything worthy in us, but because you accept the perfect sacrifice of your only begotten Son who offered his life as a ransom for many. Indeed, holy Father, it pleased you from all eternity to purpose to send our Savior to rescue us. As helpless lambs, we often stray, but your Son is the lover of our souls and seeks us out and restores us to his pasture. Please help us, Father, to keep short accounts of sin. Please help us to forsake them and resist the temptation to cover them and hide them from you. Please give us peace as we acknowledge and confess our sin, knowing that you forgive and cleanse us from all unrighteousness. Because you are gracious to us, we can rejoice — and we do! We rejoice in you, our God, and your great salvation in Christ Jesus our Lord. These things we pray through his name only. Amen.
Scripture Meditation: Psa. 32
Prayer: In you, O Lord, do we take refuge as we pilgrim through this world full of many cares, concerns, opposition, and the battle we have with our flesh. We thank you, Father, that through Christ, we can flee to you, not because there is any righteousness in us, but because of the righteousness of Christ imputed to us and received by faith alone. Through Him, we have bold access to the Most Holy Place. There we find rest, comfort, and hope to continue as the church militant in this sinful and adulterous generation. We thank you that you hear us when we cry out to you and praise you for giving us prayer to help us in the journey to our heavenly rest. In you, we find a sure foundation knowing that you will lead and guide us by your divine providence, which always works for your glory and our good. Therefore, we pray that you will help us not to lean on our understanding of things but to trust and acknowledge you in all events and circumstances we meet today. Please grant us the zeal and perseverance to not trust in the idols of this world and the ones we tend to fashion, but only in you, who is our help and comfort in a dark and dying world. We are humbled at your kindness in not leaving us to our desires and nature, but instead, you rescued us from death and the grave, giving relief to our distressed souls. Please do not lead us into temptation today, but if you do, please sustain and uphold us so that we may successfully battle the world, the flesh, and the devil. These things we pray through Christ our Lord. Amen.
Scripture Meditation: Psa. 31:1-8
Prayer: We praise your name, our most holy and gracious God, for your mighty works and awesome deeds performed in redeeming sinful and helpless people to yourself. Due to your lovingkindness, we have a God we can run to and cry out to, pleading for all things we need. You hear us when we cry because you are not like the deaf idols of our day. You hear, and you act according to your perfect will and righteousness. Therefore, we can sing and rejoice because you have not left us to the grave but have given us hope in the resurrection. Death no longer frightens us because your Son and our Lord have conquered death and the grave. To you, we can pray, asking that you spare us in these difficult days, causing us to live according to your will. Come what may, our God, we know that you are for us and watching over us. Indeed, we will never be moved as we trust in you. These things we pray through Christ our Lord. Amen.
Scripture Meditation: Psa. 30
Prayer: Grant to your redeemed people, O God, the desire and delight to worship you as you have commanded on this, another Lord’s Day. We thank you for this one day in seven that is a picture of that heavenly rest you have promised to your church. We praise you that you are a God who will not change; therefore, the promise of the heavenly Zion remains. Through this promise, you give us hope as we pilgrim through this sin-wrecked world. Yet, you offer this promise of hope and give us one day in our busy week to come aside from our worldly cares and recreations to worship you and fellowship with your people. We confess, Father, that we do not always take advantage of it. Too often, we grin and bear it and get through it only to find all the cares we were to leave behind waiting for us. This shows that we have too much worldliness in our hearts. Please forgive us, Lord. Please purge those things that distract us and take us away from what is good. These things we pray through Christ our Lord. Amen.
Scripture Meditation: Gen. 2:1-3; Isa. 58:13-14; Ex. 20:8-11
Prayer: Our God in heaven, we praise you, O LORD, because you have rescued us from our miserable condition and brought us up from the prospect of death and ruin. Though it is appointed unto man once to die, we have no reason to fear because your Son has conquered death and the grave. We praise you because you have not left us as you found us — miserable and lost. As we cry to you, you hear us and help us, and you do not let our enemies rejoice over us. Though we face the daily onslaught of people who hate you and refuse to bow the knee to you, we will be openly acknowledged and acquitted on the day of judgment. Therefore, we can sing praises to you and rejoice in you for your marvelous work. Thus, holy Father, please help us to praise you and serve you knowing that you love us and protect us from the efforts of the Evil One to ruin us. Please help us to live this day thankful for your marvelous deeds, and your infinite grace and mercy poured out on us. These things we pray through Christ our Lord. Amen.
Scripture Meditation: Psa. 30
Prayer: We bless your name, O Most High God, and ascribe to you the glory that is yours from the beginning. You are majestic and holy, and there is no God like our God. You sit above the circle of the earth, and you regard its inhabitants as grasshoppers. You dwell in unapproachable light, and you show forth your power and beauty daily in all you have made. Therefore, our God, we, as your redeemed people, only have one response: to worship you as you have commanded. Each day we hear your voice, though there is no speech. Each day we witness your power as you tend to all you have made. Each Lord’s day, we hear you speak with power and night as your Word is read and proclaimed. Again, our God, we only have one response: to stand in awe of you. For who are we that you are mindful of us? Your power and might are beyond our imagination. Who are we that you care for us? Your glory and beauty are inexpressible. Yet, you do care for us and have redeemed us by the blood of the perfect Lamb, your Son, and our Savior. We thank you for loving us with an eternal love, and we thank you for not only showing your might and majesty, but you are also gentle and caring to pitiful sinners. In Christ, we are brought to adore you and marvel at the work of your hands. In Him, we have been given the eyes to see and the ears to hear your voice and follow you. Please help us, Lord, to do that with zeal and delight. Please renew in us a fervent love for you and the strength to worship you as we behold you in all that you do. These things we pray through Christ our Lord. Amen.
Scripture Meditation: Psa. 29; Isa. 40:22