Prayer: Almighty God and Father of all your redeemed people, we humble ourselves before your throne today to plead with you and to confess to you our transgressions and sins. Your word tells us to seek first your kingdom and righteousness, and we know that we often fail to obey that plain command. We confess that we seek many things in this life. We are idol factories, indeed. We have made idols out of our money, family, jobs, possessions, and a host of many other things. We have quickly turned aside to the cares of this life and give little thought that we are dust, passing away daily in our mortal bodies. We often fail to consider eternity and those things that eye has not seen what you have in store for those who love you. Forgive us, Lord, for being so easily distracted from what matters most in this life. Please grant us a great love for you and help us to seek the things that are above.
We pray that you would work in the lives of our loved ones who do not know you. We know that every knee will bow, and every tongue confess that Jesus is Lord to your glory and honor. We fear for the state of their souls. Though we plead with them for their salvation, we know that only you can make the dead bones live. Therefore, holy Father, we pray that you who delight in the forgiveness of sins would do what we are not capable of doing: opening the blind eye and raising the dead heart to new life through Christ. Please help them and rescue them from that eternal death that comes to all who rebel against you. These things we pray through Christ our Lord. Amen.
Scripture Meditation: Matt. 6:33; Col. 3:1-4; Hab. 2;18; Ps. 103:14; 1 Cor. 2:9; Mic. 7:18; Ezek. 37:1-14