The Morning Devotional: WCF 21.5

The Morning Devotional: WCF 21.5

The Morning Devotional for July 17, 2023
The Westminster Confession of Faith 21.5

V. The reading of the Scriptures with godly fear;a the sound preaching;b and conscionable hearing of the Word, in obedience unto God with understanding, faith, and reverence;csinging of psalms with grace in the heart;d as, also, the due administration and worthy receiving of the sacraments instituted by Christ; are all parts of the ordinary religious worship of God:e besides religious oaths,f vows,g solemn fastings,h and thanksgivings upon several occasions;i which are, in their several times and seasons, to be used in an holy and religious manner.j

a. Acts 15:21Rev 1:3. • b. 2 Tim 4:2. • c. Isa 66:2Mat 13:19Acts 10:33Heb 4:2James 1:22. • d. Eph 5:19Col 3:16James 5:13. • e. Mat 28:19Acts 2:421 Cor 11:23-29. • f. Deut 6:13 with Neh 10:29. • g. Isa 19:21 with Ecc 5:4-5. • h. Est 4:16Joel 2:12Mat 9:151 Cor 7:5. • i. Est 9:22; Psa 107 throughout. • j. Heb 12:28.

 

Daily Prayer for the Lord’s Day, March 5, 2023

Daily Prayer for the Lord’s Day, March 5, 2023

Prayer: Our gracious God in heaven, you have given us your Word to be read, but especially preached. You have ordained the preaching of your Word and the cross of the Lord Jesus Christ as that which saves your people from their sin and perseveres them to the end of their days. Indeed, the Word of the cross is foolishness to those who are perishing, but to us who are being saved, it is the power of God. Through preaching, you lift up the hurting and struggling, rebuke the wandering and hard-hearted, convict the unrepentant sinner, and rescue the souls of those your Son determines to save. Therefore, holy Father, may you use your Word today as it is proclaimed by those prepared for the task and approved to that labor. May you use it for the good of your glory as they preach Christ crucified. May you use it to turn back the wanderer from the misery of their own foolishness and folly. May you use it to shame the arrogance of those who, professing to be wise, are fools. Be pleased, our God, to speak loudly, clearly, and plainly to the hearts of the people you love. Please grant to us on this, another Lord’s Day, the reminder of your favor for your redeemed people, the church of the Lord Jesus Christ. These things we pray, Lord, humbly and boldly due to the work of your Son, our Lord, and Savior. Amen.

Scripture Meditation: 1 Cor. 1:18-25

Daily Prayer for the Lord’s Day, December 4, 2022

Daily Prayer for the Lord’s Day, December 4, 2022

Prayer: Grant, almighty God, that we, as your redeemed people who are called out of the world to walk in newness of life, gather on another Lord’s Day they would do so with joy and delight for what you have done for us. Grant, our God, a willingness to hear from you as your Word is preached from the pulpit. We plead that you would grant your servant great unction and power from on high and that the sermon would be a powerful demonstration of your Spirit and be used by you to exalt your name and strengthen and edify your church. We pray, O God, that your name would be exalted in song and praise, for you alone are worthy. Grant, we pray that you would bless your people with your presence and that the sound of ‘amen’ would ring throughout the halls of our churches. We long to see your churches full of worshipers. We desire to see many come to a proper understanding of the gospel through the Word proclaimed. Therefore, holy God, bring many to hear today. Please open the eyes and ears of the people and cause them to be hearers and doers of your Word we pray through Christ our Lord. Amen.

Scripture Meditation: Ps. 100; 2 Tim. 4:1-5; 1 Cor 2:1-5

Daily Prayer for the Lord’s Day, December 4, 2022

Daily Prayer for November 7, 2022

Prayer: Grant almighty God that your redeemed people would heed your voice and strive to obey all that they heard in the preaching of your Word this past Lord’s Day. We confess that we are often distracted by many things. We acknowledge that we face a great battle against the world, the flesh, and the devil. We know that these things seek to snatch away the Word preached in our hearing and make it of no effect. We are weak creatures of dust, but you are strong and mighty, who desire to speak to your people and see them grow in their knowledge and understanding of your Word. Therefore, holy Father, be pleased to seal the things heard to the hearts and minds of your sheep. Please help us to meditate and confer with what we heard and seek to bring forth fruit of it in our lives. Please help us to memorize your Word and hide it in our hearts so that we might not sin against you. These things we pray through Christ our Lord. Amen.

Scripture Meditation: 2 Tim. 4:1-5; Lk. 24:14; Deut. 6:6-7; Ps. 119:11; Jas. 1:25