Prayer: Our God in heaven: Father, Son, and Holy Spirit, we humble our selves before your majesty and adore you for your holiness and beauty. You who dwell in unapproachable light, we worship and magnify. We confess to you that we do not always govern our words in our conversations — both online and in person. We know that these issues stem from remaining sin residing in us. We are reminded of the words of your Son, who told us that these transgressions come from within, and those are the things that defile. We confess our loose lips and careless use of conversation on the internet. We ask that you would grant grace to us that we may not sin against you, making our religion worthless. We ask that you would give us gracious and kind hearts. We pray that you would teach us to speak the truth in love. We plead with you to grant us your Holy Spirit that we might erect a guard over our lips.
We thank you that you hear your children when they pray. We adore you for stooping to listen to the smallest cry of your children. We praise you for not casting us aside when we fall short before you. Help us and be merciful to us we ask in the Name above every name, the Lord Jesus Christ. Amen.
Scripture Meditation: Isa. 6; Psa. 29; 1 Tim. 6:16; Jas. 3; Matt. 15; Phil 2:5-11
Prayer: Father in heaven, we gladly bow before you the alone sovereign of heaven and earth. You are the one that we run to in days of trouble and look for help and shield for protection from evil. We thank you that your eyes are always upon us. We praise you that you are mindful of the concerns of your people and help those who are under attack of the ungodly.
Father, we live in difficult days. We see people made in your image, committing abominable deeds. We witness those who name you as their God acting in shameful ways. We note that many do not guard their lips and set a sentry over their mouths. We, too, are often like them. Our motives and attitudes are not always governed by your Word. Help us and forgive us, Lord.
We ask that this day your will would be done on earth as it is done in heaven. We pray that you will shatter the efforts of the wicked and turn their hearts towards your law. We ask that you would open eyes and ears so they may see and hear that you know every action of men, thus driving them to repent before you and look to Christ. We pray this in Christs’ Name. Amen.
Scripture Meditation: Psa. 18; James 3; Matt. 6;
Prayer: Father in heaven, we glorify your holy name this morning even as the angels encircle your throne proclaiming, “Holy, holy, holy is the Lord of hosts. The whole earth is full of your glory.” We thank you for your sovereign work of creation and providence. We are grateful that though man orders his days, you direct his steps. We are thankful to you that your promises belong to us, and that you never change, your faithfulness is new every morning.
We confess to you our sins of omission and commission. We grieve the fact that no mere man is able perfectly in this life to keep your righteous laws. We long for that day when the church militant will be the church at rest. We thank you that you are a God who is quick to forgive us from sin and unrighteousness due to the blood of your beloved Son, the Lord Jesus Christ.
We pray for our world and the tragedy of man’s rebellion against you. We ask that you would be pleased to save wicked and evil people from their sin and turn them to the one who offers real peace and help for their soul. Vindicate your name, O Lord. Be gracious to sinners and glorify your name in all the earth. We pray this in the name of the Lord Jesus Christ. Amen.
Scripture Meditation: Isa. 6:1-3; Prov. 16:9; Eccles. 7:20; Gen. 8:21; James 3:8; James 3:2
Prayer: Our blessed God in heaven: Father, Son, and Holy Spirit, we praise your Name today because you have granted us rest and prepared us for worship on the Lord’s Day. We thank you that you have given to us one day in seven in which we can gather with your people to worship you. You alone are worthy of being praised and adored. You have revealed yourself through creation, and each day we behold your beauty and know it comes from your hands as you have told us in your Word. We are humbled at your majesty as we see the sunrise and sunset each day. Indeed, you have made these things so that all the earth will praise you.
We confess to you our weaknesses and shortcomings. There is not a day that goes by that we do not sin in thought, word, and deed. We violate your law with our actions and words. We sometimes use our words unwisely. We allow coarse jesting to creep into our conversations. We do not measure carefully the things that we say. We pray that you would forgive us and help us to erect a sentry over our mouths.
We ask that you would be glorified in all that we do today. May you be honored and worshiped as you people gather to adore you. We pray in Christs’ Name. Amen.
Prayer: Our Father in heaven, hallowed be your name. Your kingdom come. Your will be done on earth as it is in heaven. We are thankful that you are our Father. We are grateful that you have redeemed us and called us to be adopted as sons and daughters of the Most High God. We bow before you knowing that you stand ready and able to help us in all of our needs and concerns. You have invited us to cast our cares upon you because you care for us.
We confess to you our lack of prayer. We are ashamed at how often we spend time on frivolous things instead of pleading with you for the things that we need. We are dependent creatures, and we need your wisdom, kindness, and grace in the world in which we live. We confess that your church has been prayerless. We know that you have told us and shown us in your Word to pray and plead with you, the God of heaven. We ask that you would forgive us and grant us your Holy Spirit to help us to pray before you each day, often, alone and in the prayer meetings of the church. We are ashamed at the number of churches that have abandoned corporate prayer. We realize that our troubles in this life are born out of a lack of zeal for this priority. Help us! Be gracious to us and bless those of your people that labor in their knees day after day. We pray this in Christs’ Name. Amen.
Scripture Meditation: Matt. 6; Eph. 1; Rom. 8:15; 1 Pet. 5:7; Acts 1:12-14; 12:1-11
Prayer: Father in heaven, we praise your name today because you are good and kind, a God of steadfast love and compassion. You have redeemed a people and established a holy people chosen by sovereign mercy. Because of your love demonstrated on the offering of your Son, we have peace with you. We thank you that he is the king and head of the church — a church that will never fail.
We confess to you our transgressions and sin. Often our minds and hearts are drawn to the fleeting things of this life. Forgive us. Help us to set our minds on things above.
We pray for your church. We ask that you would guide and direct her. Help your elders and pastors to shepherd your people with love and care. Give wisdom to these men as they seek to be faithful to you and guide your people, especially in these difficult days. Help ministers as they prepare to preach your Word. Grant to them insight and wisdom. Give them your Spirit so they may carefully and adequately interpret your Word. We pray these things in Christs’ Name. Amen.
Scripture Meditation: Ex. 34:1-9; Eph. 1; Rom. 5:8; 1 Pet. 2:9-10; Matt. 16:18; Col. 3; Acts 20:28