Prayer: Our great and glorious God, the sole sovereign of heaven and earth, we bow before you to praise you and to set our needs before you. WE know that you invite us to pray and plead with you for all that we need. We are thankful that you care for us and hear us as we pray. As a Father, you stand able and ready to listen to us and to do exceedingly, abundantly beyond anything we might ask or think. You have graciously given us your Word, and you have graciously given us this one day in seven in which we gather together as your people to hear your Word as it is read and preached. We ask you to bless your Word in the ears, minds, and hearts of your people today. Please grant an abundance of your Spirit upon those men, called apart by you, as they deliver your Word to the sheep of your pasture. We pray that it will not be a demonstration of the minds of men by one of the life-giving Spirit. Please forgive us for the many times we hear your Word and fail to do what it says. Please keep us from temptation — from wandering thoughts and disobedient behavior. We ask that you would be pleased in what we hear and how we respond for the sake of Christ our Lord, we pray. Amen.
Scripture Meditation: Ps. 100; 115:3; Gen. 2:1-3; 2 Tim. 4:1-5; James 1:22-25; 1 Cor. 2:4