Daily Prayer for the Lord’s Day: May 26, 2024

Daily Prayer for the Lord’s Day: May 26, 2024

Prayer: Grant to your redeemed people, almighty God, a sense of your presence today as we gather to worship and adore you, the one true God of whom there is no other. Grant, we plead with you a sense of your grace, restoring us from the trials and difficulties of this fallen world and reminding us of your love for us even in the face of hostilities and evil people. We further plead with you to calm our minds and emotions brought about by those who seek to ruin your church and your people. We further ask you to remove the mask they have lived behind for many years and expose them for who they are. We know your Word tells us that you are for your people, and you will defend them from wicked behavior. You ask you to act on behalf of your church. Therefore, we beg you, the LORD of hosts, to rise up and rally the forces of heaven against those who seek to harm your people. We know you have done this in the past. It was you who rescued your covenant people from Egypt and the cruelty of those who sought to destroy your church. We know that you spared Elijah on Mt. CArmle when he stood alone against the idolatry of his day. We know that you stood with your beloved Son as he faced opposition from every corner as he labored to rescue poor and pitiful sinners. Father, we are not deserving of your protection. There is nothing good in us. Yet, you promised to help us, and so we plead with you, the God of all creation, to intervene in a mighty way for the sake of your church. We pray for those who are persecuted for righteousness’ sake. We pray for those men and women laboring in hostile areas of this world, naming the name of the Lord Jesus, who is attacked on every side. Please, our God, defend them and the cause of your Son. Please help your church, wherever she may be found, and defend her against the Evil One that roams about seeking whom he may devour. We pray these things through the name of Christ, our Lord. Amen.

Scripture Meditation: Matt. 5:10-12; Psa. 56:1-4; Psa. 118:6; Rom. 8:31

Daily Prayer for the Lord’s Day: March 31, 2024

Daily Prayer for the Lord’s Day: March 31, 2024

Prayer: Our God, we are thankful that you demonstrated your love to us and that while we were still sinners, Christ died for us. Yet, death could not contain him, and you gloriously and triumphantly raised him from the dead for our justification and sanctification. As such, we are afforded many benefits and blessings due to this risen and alive Savior, your son, and our Lord. We give you praise for accepting his sacrifice for us. We thank you for his work he has conquered sin and the grave, and we no longer need to fear death. We further thank you for the blessings of hope for the life to come, knowing that our bodies, though passing away, will remain united to Christ until our resurrection. Father, there are many blessings given to us through the life, death, and resurrection of the Lord Jesus Christ. Yet, we confess, we spend so little time reflecting on them in a way that moves us to remain steadfast, immovable, and always abounding in your work. Please forgive us for not meditating on your Son’s resurrection, and forgive us for the ease with which we wander from the narrow path you have placed us. Please help us reflect deeply on your Son’s resurrection — not only this day but every day we live. Please grant us your Spirit and remind us of our need to think often about Christ and his work. He is alive. He is mediating for us. We praise you, our eternal and holy Father, for your great work of redemption. We pray these things through the name of our risen and glorified King. Amen.

Scripture Mediation: Mark 16:1-8; John 11; 1 Cor. 15

Daily Prayer for March 27, 2024: Psalm 138

Daily Prayer for March 27, 2024: Psalm 138

Prayer: Our God, there are many reasons to thank you and praise you. You have redeemed us from the curse of sin and placed our feet on the solid rock that is Christ. You give us hope for the future and the promise of an eternity in your presence. You provide for us our daily bread, and you wisely govern all affairs of our lives. You give us everything to enjoy, though we deserve nothing good from your hands. Yet, because of your lovingkindness, you give to those made in your image an abundance of mercies, not treating anyone as their sins deserve. The rain falls on the just and the unjust. The benevolence you display spreads across your entire creation. As such, our God, we bow down with humble hearts and worship you. AS your redeemed people, we have great reasons to do so. You are our God, and we are your people. Unlike those outside your family, you hear the cries of our hearts, and you wisely answer us. Therefore, we can draw strength as we pilgrim through this dark and sinful world. Yet, our Father, there are times when we feel the assault of this evil generation. There are times, we confess, that we grow anxious about the affairs of our world. Indeed, sometimes, those who name your name act wickedly and with pettiness. They behave with arrogance and pride. They promote self instead of walking humbly with you. They sometimes make us worry, though we know that you have told us to trust you for all things. We know you will preserve the righteous and guide them all their days. Therefore, Father, please remember your promises toward us and help us in the face of those difficult times. Please remember us for good, our God. We pray and ask these things through Christ our Lord. Amen. 

Scripture Meditation: Psalm 138

Daily Prayer for March 26, 2024: Psalm 137

Daily Prayer for March 26, 2024: Psalm 137

Prayer: Our Father, we thank you for redeeming us from the world of sin and misery and uniting us to you through the blood of the Lord Jesus Christ. We thank you for the great High Priest’s work, which gives us access to you now, day and night, and we can set our burdens and concerns before you. We further thank you for being a kind and gracious God who hears the cries of his people and knows their struggles as they pilgrim in this world that is not their own. Indeed, our God, we often feel as though we are in exile — and we are because our true home is that place you are creating for us as promised. We long for that place, and we long for your eternal presence to shine on us as we behold the face of our Savior, being changed in an instant into his glorious image. So often, our God, we struggle as did the saints of old who languished in the place of exile. So often, we feel the weight of the enemies of the gospel who mock us and scorn us because of our love for you. We confess that due to the many burdens of this world, we find it difficult, at times, to praise you and sing to you. We further confess that we often find it hard to gather with your people on the Lord’s Day. Yet, we pray and plead that you will remember your people for good as they continue on in this world of sin and misery and relive them of the burdens that this life often brings. We pray for you to use those difficult times to move us closer to you, walking in dependence on you each moment. Though we are creatures of dust, we know that you love us with an eternal love. Though we are weak, we know you have promised to persevere us to the end of our days. Even so, our God, please grant us more of your grace, and please watch over your church for the sake of the Lord Jesus, who bought them with his blood. We pray these things through Christ our Lord. Amen.

Scripture Meditation: Psalm 137

Daily Prayer for the Lord’s Day: March 24, 2024

Daily Prayer for the Lord’s Day: March 24, 2024

Prayer: Our most holy God: Father, Son, and Holy Spirit, as we come before your majesty this Lord’s Day, we come knowing that we are creatures of dust and people without hope in this fallen world if not for your infinite kindness and grace given to us through the blood of the Passover Lamb, the Lord Jesus Christ. We come knowing that we are miserable creatures without you. We come confessing your might and power as the God who saved us from the clutches of sin and misery. We come to worship you on the day you have made for us that we might set aside those burdens and struggles that often accompany our week. Please grant us, most loving Father, a sense of peace that passes all understanding as we join as one people to sing praises to you and hear from you as the Word of God is preached. Though we often fail to honor this day as you have commanded us, we ask for your forgiveness, knowing that you are righteous and just, a God who delights in forgiving the sins of his redeemed people. Father, we long for that eternal rest that this day pictures for us. We long to be in your presence evermore, singing to you and worshiping you in Spirit and truth. Please help us today to see a small fraction of that eternal glory and place that eye has not seen or ear heard for those who love you and are called according to your purpose. Please help us to set aside all worldly concerns and struggles and rest in he who is our Sabbath Rest, the Lord Jesus Christ. These things we pray in his name. Amen.

Scripture Meditation: Gen. 2:1-3; Phil. 4:4-8; Heb. 4