Prayer: We bless and praise your name, most holy Father, as we bow before you today to commune with you through the means you have provided. We thank you for the tremendous privilege of prayer as we can cast our cares upon you. We know that your Word tells us that you care for your people. We are humbled that you, the mighty and thrice-holy God, would consider creatures made by your hands. You sit above the circle of the earth and regard the inhabitants of this planet as grasshoppers. We stand in awe that you love us and have placed your eternal love on us, demonstrated through the giving of your Son. We thank you that through him, we have forgiveness of sin. We are humbled at your kindness and only pray that we would walk worthy of the calling that you have placed on our lives. Please grant to us a hunger and thirst for righteousness. Please give us a greater desire to live lives of self-denial. Please help us to set our minds on things above and not on the things of this earth. Please forgive us, Father, for how we fall short of your glory. We know that we sin daily in thought, word, and deed. Yet, you are pleased to forgive. So, holy God, forgive us and bless us and help us seek you and serve you with our whole being we pray through Christ our Lord. Amen.