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

The Morning Devotional: WCF 18.4 (Part One)

The Morning Devotional: WCF 18.4 (Part One)

The Morning Devotional for June 2, 2023
The Westminster Confession of Faith 18.4 (Part One)

IV. True believers may have the assurance of their salvation divers ways shaken, diminished, and intermitted; as, by negligence in preserving of it; by falling into some special sin, which woundeth the conscience, and grieveth the Spirit; by some sudden or vehement temptation; by God’s withdrawing the light of his countenance, and suffering even such as fear him to walk in darkness and to have no light:a yet are they never utterly destitute of that seed of God, and life of faith, that love of Christ and the brethren, that sincerity of heart and conscience of duty, out of which, by the operation of the Spirit, this assurance may in due time be revived,band by the which, in the meantime, they are supported from utter despair.c

a. Psa 31:2251:8121477:1-10; Psa 88 throughout; Song of Songs 5:2-36Isa 50:10Mat 26:69-72Eph 4:30-31. • b. Job 13:15Psa 51:81273:15Isa 50:10Luke 22:321 John 3:9. • c. Psa 22:1; Psa 88 throughout; Isa 54:7-10Jer 32:40Micah 7:7-9.

 

The Morning Devotional: WCF 17.3

The Morning Devotional: WCF 17.3

The Morning Devotional for May 25, 2023
The Westminster Confession of Faith 17.3

III. Nevertheless they may, through the temptations of Satan and of the world, the prevalency of corruption remaining in them, and the neglect of the means of their preservation, fall into grievous sins;a and for a time continue therein:b whereby they incur God’s displeasure,c and grieve his Holy Spirit;d come to be deprived of some measure of their graces and comforts;ehave their hearts hardened,f and their consciences wounded;g hurt and scandalize others,hand bring temporal judgments upon themselves.i

a. Mat 26:707274. • b. Psa 51 title and Psa 51:14. • c. 2 Sam 11:27Isa 64:579. • d. Eph 4:30. • e. Psa 51:81012Song of Songs 5:2-46Rev 2:4. • f. Isa 63:17Mark 6:5216:14. • g. Psa 32:3-451:8. • h. 2 Sam 12:14. • i. Psa 89:31-321 Cor 11:32.

 

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

The Morning Devotional: WCF 11.5

The Morning Devotional: WCF 11.5

The Morning Devotional for April 10, 2023
The Westminster Confession of Faith 11.5

V. God doth continue to forgive the sins of those that are justified;a and although they can never fall from the state of justification,b yet they may by their sins fall under God’s fatherly displeasure, and not have the light of his countenance restored unto them, until they humble themselves, confess their sins, beg pardon, and renew their faith and repentance.c