Prayer: Grant almighty God that we, as your redeemed people, would not worry or fret because of evildoers and wicked people dwelling in our world. We mourn the state of our world, and we witness atrocities of all kinds. We witness the outright rebellion of men and women made in your image. We see how they suppress the truth in unrighteousness and call good, evil, and evil good. We listen to the blasphemous ways the world speaks and mourn their muddled thinking and hatred of you. We, too, were once like them, passing our days in malice and envy, hated by others and hating one another. But when your goodness and loving-kindness appeared, you saved us not because of anything in us, but because of your mercy and grace. We mourn our own sin and grieve the irreconcilable war that wages in our members. We long for the day in which we will never battle the flesh, the world, and the devil again. We thank you for reminding us of that glorious promise — the hope of eternal life — and the incessant rest we will enjoy each Lord’s Day. We thank you for giving us a small picture of that which those who love you will enjoy. We thank you for the means of grace that guide us and help us on the journey, and we pray that you will minister to all of us today and grant us more of your favor and grace through Christ our Lord. Amen.
Scripture Meditation: Ps. 37:1-6; Rom. 1; Titus 3:3-7; Ps. 119:105