Prayer: Our Father, your Word is clear as it teaches the importance of the Lord’s Day for your Redeemed people. The Sabbath was made for man and not man for the Sabbath. On this day, we are reminded of the eternal hope and rest promised to your people. For if Joshua had given them this rest, you would not have spoken of another day yet to come. We confess our sin and transgression in this area. Therefore, we beseech you, Most Holy God, that you would first work a greater delight for the Lord’s Day in our hearts and minds. We pray that you would help us to delight in it and see the beauty of it and not trample underfoot this one day in seven that you have commanded to be kept holy. We read your Word, and we note your great displeasure toward your church when they dishonor it and treat it as common. In six days, you made the heavens and the earth and called what you made good. Yet, on the final day, you declared it holy and set it apart for the well-being of those made in your image. Please help us, holy Father, to honor this day as you command. We further pray for your church because it has become very weak and derelict in this area. Indeed, it is sinful for the way your Redeemed people treat this day. It is an abomination in your sight, and we are reaping the consequences of our failure in this area. Therefore, please help your people learn of this day’s immense joy. Please enable them to be taught by capable pastors and elders the importance of the Lord’s Day. Please help them consider the things you have plainly stated in your Word and forgive all of us for not honoring those things as we should. We are weak, Father. We often desire to go our own way. Yet, you have given this day to us to remind us of our need to trust you and purge the worldliness that still resides in our minds and hearts. Please display your majesty and glory to your people today. Please help us love this day as an expression of our love for you. These things we pray through Christ our Lord. Amen. 

Scripture Meditation: Mk. 2:27; Ex. 20:8-11; Isa. 58:13-14; Heb. 4:1-10

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