Daily Prayer for July 14, 2023

Daily Prayer for July 14, 2023

Prayer: Our Father in heaven, you are good to your people and give them what they need. We thank you for your kind provision and blessing because we know that there is nothing we have that we deserve. Indeed, we deserve your wrath and eternal judgment. Yet, in Christ, you have given us all things. You give us our daily bread. You give us our families and friends to help us walk the road you have placed us on. You give us the church, and there you give us the oracles of the faith, the sacraments, and the preaching of your Word. In your church, you give to your people under shepherds who are called and ordained by you to guide, lead, and, sometimes, rebuke your people. We confess that we are often murmuring and complaining people. We acknowledge that we display the blackness of our hearts when we gripe against your providence. We confess that our tongues often get us into trouble. Too often, we complain to others about your providential will. Too often, we snipe and slander others. Too often, we use the occasion of conversation in a vile, wicked, and evil way. We know that when we do these things, we put Christ to the test, as some of those in the church of old did and were destroyed by you. We know you hate a discounted spirit that reveals itself in complaining and griping. Your Word commands us to do everything without grumbling that we may be blameless and innocent children. Sadly, Father, we behave too much like the world in this area. We look no different. We do it for personal loyalties, desire for ego, and pride. All of them are a stench in your nostrils. Therefore, Father, may you help us to see and smell the odiousness of such behavior, especially within the life of your church. May you also give us the insight to know how destructive this behavior is, and may it move us to heartfelt repentance led by your Spirit. Forgive us, Lord, for the many ways we use our tongues, keyboards, and phones for evil and not good. We pray these things through the one who walked contentedly in everything, trusting himself to your will, the Lord Jesus Christ. Amen. 

Scripture Meditation: 1 Cor. 10:9-11; Phil. 2:12-15

Daily Prayer for July 10, 2023

Daily Prayer for July 10, 2023

Prayer: Our Father, you have given us your Word to guide us and direct us on how to live in this world that is wrecked with sin. We, too, though redeemed and cherished people, are prone to the ways of this world. Too often, we use our tongues in ways that are not edifying. Sometimes, we confess, we use our tongue to grumble and complain about various matters. Worse, we use those occasions to slander others. As such, we display the darkness that remains in our hearts. Forgive us, Father. Please purge from us the tendency to use our tongues for cursing, not a blessing. We ask you to help us mortify the deeds of the flesh because we know that a restless tongue will do much damage in the lives of your people. Please grant us true repentance from these things, and may we see your Spirit work in such a way as to increase our self-control. 

We pray for your church today, wherever she may be found. We take note of the real enemy of your people and his hatred against all that you are doing. We plead with you to protect her and keep her. We ask that you purify her and make her ready for her husband. We thank you for the church and the means you gave her: preaching, prayer, and the sacraments. May you grant your people an increase of grace to walk according to your purposes, and may your Spirit fill our minds and hearts so that we would not sin against you. We pray these things in the name of Christ our Lord. Amen.

Scripture Meditation: Phil. 2:14-16

The Morning Devotional: WCF 16.3

The Morning Devotional: WCF 16.3

The Morning Devotional for May 16, 2023
The Westminster Confession of Faith 16.3

III. Their ability to do good works is not at all of themselves, but wholly from the Spirit of Christ.a And that they may be enabled thereunto, besides the graces they have already received, there is required an actual influence of the same Holy Spirit to work in them to will and to do of his good pleasure;b yet are they not hereupon to grow negligent, as if they were not bound to perform any duty unless upon a special motion of the Spirit; but they ought to be diligent in stirring up the grace of God that is in them.c

The Morning Devotional: WCF 8.2 (Part One)

The Morning Devotional: WCF 8.2 (Part One)

The Morning Devotional for March 10, 2023
The Westminster Confession of Faith 8.2 (Part One)

II. The Son of God, the second person in the Trinity, being very and eternal God, of one substance, and equal with the Father, did, when the fulness of time was come, take upon him man’s nature,a with all the essential properties and common infirmities thereof, yet without sin:b being conceived by the power of the Holy Ghost in the womb of the Virgin Mary, of her substance.c So that two whole, perfect, and distinct natures, the Godhead and the manhood, were inseparably joined together in one person, without conversion, composition, or confusion.d Which person is very God and very man, yet one Christ, the only mediator between God and man.e