Here are the items and resources of interest for October 6, 2020:
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Prayer: Our glorious God in heaven, we bless you for another day in which we have the opportunity to serve you and magnify your goodness in our lives. We praise you for our daily bread and how you sustain us with all that we need in this life. We thank you for your mercies that are new every morning. We are grateful that you do not treat us as our sins deserve. Due to the work of your beloved Son, our sins have been forgiven through his work. In your mercy, you watch over us each day and tell us to “watch and pray lest we fall into temptation.” Please help us to be vigilant as to the efforts of our enemy. Grant to us an attitude of prayer that the schemes of Satan may not trap us. We ask that you keep us from being tempted and uphold and deliver us when we are tempted. We pray this in the name of the Lord Jesus Christ. Amen.
Scripture Meditation: Ps. 118:24; Lam. 3:22-23; Ps. 103:10; Mark 14:38; 1 Cor. 10:13
Prayer: Our God, it is good for us to gather as your people on the Lord’s Day to give thanks to you for what you do for your people. We come to proclaim your steadfast love for us. We are thankful that your love is firm and constant and is infinite. We praise you for your faithfulness — it never changes and is new every morning. Your works are great, and they show forth your majesty and beauty to your creatures every day. We give thanks to you for your great work of salvation and the privilege of the Lord’s Day when we joyfully worship you in spirit and truth because of the work of your beloved Son, the Lord Jesus Christ. Forgive us for taking for granted all that you do for us each day. Forgive us for not behaving as living sacrifices and for being so easily conformed to the things of this world. Remind us, today, what the Lord’s Day says to us and how it comforts us and fleshes out of us the remaining worldliness that remains in us. Grant us what you command us, Lord. Please help us and strengthen us by your Spirit. We pray these things in the name of the Savior, the Lord Jesus Christ. Amen.
Scripture Meditation: Ps. 92; Lam. 3:23; John 4; Rom. 12:1-2
Prayer: Our Father in heaven, you who are holy, we bow before you today. We are thankful for your kindness in giving your people rest in preparation for another day of service to you. We adore your majesty and stand in awe of all that you do through your wise and powerful providence. We give thanks to you for your guidance in our lives and for ordering our days according to your good pleasure.
We confess to you that we are often faithless in not redeeming our time in this dark and evil age. We plead your grace and your promised forgiveness for sin, knowing that you will cleanse us from all iniquity according to your abundant grace through Christ, our Lord.
We ask that on this day of worship, your name would be glorified in all the earth. We pray that you would cause your people to hunger and thirst for righteousness and to seek your glory as they gather to worship you. We ask for a powerful demonstration of your Spirit in the preaching of your Word. We live in difficult times, and we know that the gospel is the sure antidote to wickedness and evil in the world. We pray that you would gather your elect from every city and nation and build your kingdom in all the earth. We pray this in Christs’ glorious and precious name. Amen.
Scripture Meditation: Isa 6:1-3; Eph. 1; Psa. 115:3; Eph. 5; Ex. 20; 1 Cor. 2:1-5; 2 Tim. 4:1-5
Praying through the Westminster Shorter Catechism
Westminster Shorter Catechism Q5
Q.5. Are there more Gods than one?
A. There is but one only, the living and true God.
Prayer: Our Father in heaven, you alone are glorious and majestic. All praise of men and angels are to be offered to you, the one true God of heaven and earth. We thank you for revealing yourself in the works of creation and through your Word. We know that you speak from the heavens each day with an unheard voice. We behold your glory every morning as the sun rises, and a new day begins. We praise you for your gift of the Scriptures, which explains your works in the world that you made.
We confess to you, our God, that while your Word teaches that there is only one true and living God that we often sin by erecting other gods in our life. We confess to you the god of entertainment, money, relationship, and things. We are ashamed at how prone we are to creating an idol out of every good and perfect gift that you grant to us. Forgive us, Lord, and help us to fix our eyes on the beauty and majesty of the one true and living God of all creation.
Help us, Father, as our God and sustainer, to walk in humility before you. Grant to us a willing spirit, boasting only in the Lord and not our work or labors. Give us a ready mind and heart to pursue your kingdom and righteousness all of our days. Encourage us with the comfort of your promise that you are our God, and we are your people, and you will bring us safely to our rest at the end of our days. We pray this in the name of the Lord Jesus Christ. Amen.
Scripture meditation: Psa. 29; Psa. 19; Deut. 6:4; 1 Cor. 8:4-6; 1 Thess. 1:9; Jas. 1:17
Previous editions of prayers through the Westminster Shorter Catechism:
WSC Q1 (1) – Feb. 24, 2020
WSC Q1 (2) – Feb. 25, 2020
WSC Q2 (3) – Feb. 26, 2020
WSC Q2 (4) – Feb. 27, 2020
WSC Q3 (5) – Feb. 28, 2020
WSC Q4 (6) – Mar. 1, 2020
WSC Q4 (7) – Mar. 2, 2020
WSC Q4 (8) – Mar. 3, 2020
WSC Q4 (9) – Mar. 5, 2020
WSC Q4 (10) – Mar. 9, 2020
WSC Q4 (11) – Mar. 12, 2020
WSC Q4 (12) – Mar. 17, 2020
WSC Q4 (13) – April 21, 2020
WSC Q4 (14) – April 24, 2020
WSC Q4 (15) – April 28, 2020
WSC Q5 (16) – May 5, 2020