Prayer can do anything that God can do. (E.M. Bounds)
This Week’s Scripture
· Genesis 12:1-4
· Psalm 121
· Romans 4:1-17
· John 3:1-17
I lift up my eyes to the hills.
From where does my help come?
2 My help comes from the Lord,
who made heaven and earth.
This Is My Father’s World (verse 1)
This is my Father’s world, and to my listening ears
all nature sings, and round me rings the music of the spheres.
This is my Father’s world: I rest me in the thought
of rocks and trees, of skies and seas; his hand the wonders wrought.
(Maltbie D. Babcock)
Take time now to offer God your praise and worship.
“Blessed are those whose lawless deeds are forgiven,
and whose sins are covered;
8 blessed is the man against whom the Lord will not count his sin.” (Romans 4:7-8)
God of mercy, we confess how seldom we have the belief and confession of Jesus Christ both on our lips and in our hearts. For when we feel the Word within, we often fail to speak it; and when we speak it, we sometimes are just paying lip service, without the faith to back it up. Forgive us, O God, and plant the Word so firmly within us, that we shall be able neither to ignore it nor to keep it to ourselves. In the name of Jesus the Word we pray. Amen. (Paul Laughlin)
As David did in Psalm 139, ask the Lord to search you and know you through and through. Confess the sins God brings to mind, knowing you are forgiven and that He will cleanse you from all unrighteousness (1 John 1:9).
Father of our salvation, we give you praise for the great love that caused you to look at this dark, dying, and lost world with compassion and mercy. We thank you that you did not even withhold the One you love and treasure above all else, your Son, Jesus Christ. Instead, you gave him as a ransom for many, that we who believe in him should not perish but have eternal life. We are grateful that his mission was not to condemn the world, which would have been perfectly just and right, but to save the world through him. In his most holy and gracious name we pray. Amen. (based on John 3:16-17)
Spend some time reflecting on the prayer of thanksgiving above and then thank God for who he is and the many ways he has poured out his goodness and grace in your life.
Supplication (Petitions – prayers for yourself)
· Lord, help me to faithfully participate in the life of my congregation and for the sake of my community…
Ø By my prayers
Ø By my presence
Ø By my gifts
Ø By my service
Ø By my witness
· Today’s events and interactions with others, planned and unplanned
· Other needs
Supplication (Intercession – prayers for others)
· My family
· For those who serve in government, at the national, state, and local levels
· For those who serve in law-enforcement
· For those who serve in fire and rescue
· For those who serve in our nation’s military
· Other needs
“Rend your hearts and not your garments,” says the Lord. Return to the Lord your God! (The Book of Worship for Church and Home)
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