Daily Prayer for December 5, 2023: Psalm 122

Daily Prayer for December 5, 2023: Psalm 122

Prayer: We thank you and praise your name, our most loving and kind God, because you have provided us with everything necessary to help us in our pilgrimage in this sin-wrecked world. We are thankful that You did not leave us to wander in darkness, but through Your powerful Word, you gave us the light of Your truth that guides our path all our days. We further thank you for giving us your church – the fellowship of the redeemed of the Lord – where we gather each Lord’s day to worship you and hear from you as your Word is read and preached. Yet, Father, we confess that we cannot always say, “I was glad when they said to me, let us go to the house of the Lord.” We confess that there are times when we go through the motions as we come before you in corporate worship. We confess that there are times when our hearts are far from you. We confess that we sometimes praise you without thinking of what we are singing. Sadly, Father, we often hear from you in the reading and preaching of your Word and fail to listen and do what you hear. Forgive us, Father. Please grant us hearts zealous for your worship each Lord’s Day. Please cause us to long for it, seek it, and prepare for it each week. 

We pray for your church and ask that you will work mightily through her and help her to seek first your kingdom and righteousness. We know that your people are often distracted by the cares of this life. We are ashamed of how much effort we put into those things that pass away. Please cause your church to labor faithfully for the cause of Christ and the Gospel of peace. Please strengthen your ministers as they bring the hope of Christ to the ears of your people. Please grant your redeemed people a great love for the church of the Lord Jesus, and may you cause her to glorify you in all things. We pray for these things through Christ our Lord. Amen.

Scripture Meditation: Psalm 122

Daily Prayer for the Lord’s Day: December 3, 2023

Daily Prayer for the Lord’s Day: December 3, 2023

Prayer: Grant to us, almighty God, the zeal and delight to honor and adore you today as we gather to worship you for your marvelous works and infinite grace. You have made us. Therefore, we belong to you. You have fashioned us, therefore, we must worship you, for that is why we were made after your image and likeness. We thank you for the bounty of the Lord’s day that reminds us of the eternal hope and promise rooted in your unchanging Word of the eternal Sabbath given to all those who love you because you first loved us. Though we are creatures of dust, daily wrestling with our own sins and weakness, we know that you are good and kind, not treating us as our sins deserve. If you were to mark iniquities against us, who could stand before you? We thank you for the Lord Jesus Christ, our Sabbath rest, and the perfections of his beauty and majesty. We thank you for the hope he brings to weary pilgrims. We ask you, therefore, to glorify your Son as we come to worship you this day. May you give us ears to hear what he has to say to the church. May you give us eyes to see the beauty of the Triune God, and may we then leave and live according to all you have commanded. Please grant us this grace, Father, through the Eternal Spirit so we can rightly live in obedience to you. These things we pray through Christ our Lord. Amen.

Scripture Meditation: Psa. 121:1-2; 122

Daily Prayer for the Lord’s Day: November 12, 2023

Daily Prayer for the Lord’s Day: November 12, 2023

Prayer: Our Father in heaven, you alone are holy, without blemish or spot, perfectly wise in all you do, and the alone sovereign of heaven and earth. You alone are the one true God of heaven and earth, working all things according to the counsel of your most perfect will. Nothing that occurs is beyond your comprehension and direction, for you have ordained all things for the glory of your name and the good of your church. You have ordained this one day in seven as a day when your redeemed people can rejoice and proclaim, “I was glad when they said, let us go to the house of the Lord.” We are glad and rejoice with exceeding joy because you have ordained corporate worship to remind us of your eternal promise to usher in the New Heavens and the New Earth, where there will be no more weariness from the frailties of this life. We confess, our God, that we live in a sin-wrecked world that burdens our minds and hearts. In this life, we see fractured and strained relationships, the sorrow of suffering, the constant battle with sin, the ongoing turmoil that flows out of indwelling sin, and a host of other circumstances that, at the root, are due to our sinful pride. Because of sin, we fight with others, demand our way in most things, and look down at others with a judgmental spirit. Instead of loving as you love, we seek our way. Instead of pursuing righteousness, we tend to pursue that which you forbid. Instead of loving you with our whole heart, we love ourselves and seek our own kingdom. Please forgive us, Father. We know how these things displease you, yet you have given us your beloved Son as a demonstration of your great love for us. Therefore, we beg pardon due to the blood of Christ and ask that on this day, as we gather with your redeemed people, you remind us of your eternal love, patience, kindness, and grace. We further ask that you bless us with your presence and assure us through your Word. Please help us, Father. We are weary, tired, and often languishing. Restore to us the joy of our salvation we ask through Christ our Lord. Amen.

Scripture Meditation: Psa. 122:1; Eph. 1; Psa. 51:12

Daily Prayer for the Lord’s Day, September 24, 2023

Daily Prayer for the Lord’s Day, September 24, 2023

Prayer: Our triune God, may it be true of us that we are glad and rejoice to go to the house of the Lord and worship you in spirit and truth. May you grant us the zeal and delight to be in your presence, together with your people, singing your praises and hearing from you as your Word is opened and preached. Grant, we plead with you a love for you that can be felt and a sense of your presence that moves us to leave your worship differently than when we entered. Grant to us, your redeemed and cherished people, the will to hear you speak today, and may your Word thunder forth from pulpits all across this earth, shaking the earth’s foundation with the sound of your voice. We further ask of you, our God, that you would move us in our whole being to hear you and obey you, and may you grant us your Spirit so we can do what you say. We confess that we are weak creatures of dust. As such, we are dependent on you for all things. Please give us what we need today: a clear sense of your majesty and glory as we worship you. Please help us honor you in this one day in seven you have given us for our good. We pray these things through Christ our Lord. Amen.

Scripture Meditation: Psa. 122:1

Daily Prayer for the Lord’s Day: February 5, 2023

Daily Prayer for the Lord’s Day: February 5, 2023

Prayer: Our Father, you have made this day unique and different from all the other days of the week. You declared this day to be holy and to be set apart from all the others as we gather together with your people to worship and adore you. As the saints of old, we should be quick to proclaim, “I was glad when they said to me, Let us go to the house of the Lord.” Yet, we confess that we are not always glad when this day arrives. Instead, too often, we see it as a day to survive, to get through, and to endure. Instead of seeing the great blessing of being in your presence and fellowshipping with your people, we see it as tiresome and boring. Forgive us, Father, for such a poor attitude and outlook regarding this day that you have made for our good. You have made the Sabbath for man and not man for the Sabbath. On this day, you remind us of your promises, the work of redeeming us and bringing us from a life of sin and misery to one that is full of life and hope, the hope of eternal rest, and the promise of the New Heavens and New Earth. On this day, you speak to us as your most holy Word is read and preached. On this day, you remind us that you have taken sinners out of the world to live holy lives before you. On this day, you pour out your blessings uniquely and fill us with hope and good as your presence is seen in our midst. Please help us, Lord, to enjoy this day and delight in it. Please help us to worship and honor you and say with integrity and care, “We are glad to worship you!” These things we pray through Christ our Lord. Amen.

Scripture Meditation: Psa. 122; Isa. 58:13-14; Gen. 2:1-3