Daily Prayer for October 31, 2023: Psalm 119

Daily Prayer for October 31, 2023: Psalm 119

Prayer: We thank you, almighty God, for your willingness to reveal yourself to those made in your image through your glorious works of creation and the daily display of your glory that we see in the rising and setting of the sun, the stars that appear against the black velvet of the sky, and the change of seasons each year. We thank you that you did not leave us in ignorance but also gave us your Word, which helps us understand these things and shows us the great need we have of redemption as purchased by your beloved Son. We thank you for your Word, which is a light to our path, the means by which we keep our ways pure and clean as we hide it in our hearts. We thank you for not leaving us to wander in darkness, but through the light of your Word, we have been brought near to you through the living Word, the Lord Jesus. We thank you that you are determined to speak to your people through the preaching of your Word each Lord’s Day, for it is there that we hear from the Savior, the living voice of Christ, to us. We thank you for having your Word in our language, and, through the work of your Spirit, we can understand what is written. Forgive us, Father, for the many times we disregard it and go our own way. Forgive us for not daily drinking and eating of the Word that makes one wise unto salvation. Forgive us for not hearing and doing what we hear and read. Please grant us insight as we read and grant us the desire to obey you as we read. Please help us by your Word that we know came to us at great cost through the labors of your Son and the many that have gone before us. Please help us, we pray, through Christ our Lord. Amen.

Scripture Meditation: Psalm 119

The Morning Devotional: WCF 19.6 (Part One)

The Morning Devotional: WCF 19.6 (Part One)

The Morning Devotional for June 28, 2023
The Westminster Confession of Faith 19.6 (Part One)

VI. Although true believers be not under the law as a covenant of works, to be thereby justified or condemned;a yet is it of great use to them, as well as to others; in that, as a rule of life, informing them of the will of God and their duty, it directs and binds them to walk accordingly;b discovering also the sinful pollutions of their nature, hearts, and lives;c so as, examining themselves thereby, they may come to further conviction of, humiliation for, and hatred against sin;d together with a clearer sight of the need they have of Christ, and the perfection of his obedience.e It is likewise of use to the regenerate, to restrain their corruptions, in that it forbids sin;f and the threatenings of it serve to show what even their sins deserve, and what afflictions in this life they may expect for them, although freed from the curse thereof threatened in the law.g The promises of it, in like manner, show them God’s approbation of obedience, and what blessings they may expect upon the performance thereof;h although not as due to them by the law as a covenant of works:i so as a man’s doing good, and refraining from evil, because the law encourageth to the one, and deterreth from the other, is no evidence of his being under the law, and not under grace.j

a. Acts 13:39Rom 6:148:1Gal 2:163:134:4-5. • b. Psa 119:4-6Rom 7:1222251 Cor 7:19Gal 5:141618-23. • c. Rom 3:207:7. • d. Rom 7:91424James 1:23-25. • e. Rom 7:24-258:3-4Gal 3:24. • f. Psa 119:101104128James 2:11. • g. Ezra 9:13-14Psa 89:30-34. • h. Lev 26:11026:14 with 2 Cor 6:16Psa 19:1137:11 with Mat 5:5Eph 6:2-3. • i. Luke 17:10Gal 2:16. • j. Rom 6:1214Heb 12:28-291 Pet 3:8-12 with Psa 34:12-16.

The Morning Devotional: WCF 15.2

The Morning Devotional: WCF 15.2

The Morning Devotional for May 5, 2023
The Westminster Confession of Faith 15.2

II. By it a sinner, out of the sight and sense, not only of the danger, but also of the filthiness and odiousness of his sins, as contrary to the holy nature and righteous law of God, and upon the apprehension of his mercy in Christ to such as are penitent, so grieves for and hates his sins as to turn from them all unto God,a purposing and endeavoring to walk with him in all the ways of his commandments.b

Daily Prayer for October 31, 2023: Psalm 119

The Morning Devotional: WCF 14.2

The Morning Devotional for May 2, 2023
The Westminster Confession of Faith 14.2

II. By this faith a Christian believeth to be true whatsoever is revealed in the Word, for the authority of God himself speaking therein;a and acteth differently upon that which each particular passage thereof containeth; yielding obedience to the commands,b trembling at the threatenings,c and embracing the promises of God for this life and that which is to come.d But the principal acts of saving faith are accepting, receiving, and resting upon Christ alone for justification, sanctification, and eternal life, by virtue of the covenant of grace.e

Daily Prayer for the Lord’s Day: Febraury 19, 2023

Daily Prayer for the Lord’s Day: Febraury 19, 2023

Prayer: Grant almighty God that your redeemed and eternally loved people would come with hearts desirous to see your beauty and majesty on this another Lord’s Day. We are thankful to you for giving us this one day in seven that you might prepare us for the spiritual battle that rages around us. Through the use of the weapons of our warfare: the preaching of your Word, the sacraments, and prayer, we are able, with the application of these things by your Holy Spirit, to withstand the efforts of the Evil One and wage war against the flesh and the world. We confess to you that we often demonstrate our ignorance when we seek to daily battle those things that would ruin us by devising other means to do so. You have graciously provided us the things most needful and have commanded that we use them for your good and the advancement of the church of the Lord Jesus Christ. Forgive us, Father, for failing to bow in prayer as we are being led to the throne of grace. Forgive us for closing our eyes but not praying. Forgive us for those times when we do not diligently listen to you as your Word is read and especially preached. Forgive us for not conferring with it, meditating on it, and seeking to hide those truths in our hearts. Forgive us for failing to take advantage of the sacraments the Savior gave us. We plead with you to change the thoughts and intentions of our hearts in these matters. Please help us to take full advantage of the Lord’s Day as it equips us for the struggles that lie ahead. These things we pray through Christ our Lord. Amen.

Scripture Meditation: Joshua 5; Psa. 119:11; 2 Tim. 4:1-5