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

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