A Prayer of Preparation for Worship

Gracious Father, may all who come within the walls of your house of worship today experience a fresh encounter with You, the living God, so that deep gladness and profound joy overtake them and sorrow and sighing flee away. May all who come dwell in your presence beholding your beauty. For Your presence ultimately transforms … Continue reading A Prayer of Preparation for Worship

What specifically are we praying for when we say ‘Deliver Us from Evil?’

According to the Scriptures, there are seven evils from which we need deliverance: Disciples saw Jesus praying, and noticed the great difference between His prayers and theirs, so they requested to be taught how to pray. He alone can deliver us from evil. Said he to Moses: “I am come down to deliver them,” i.e., … Continue reading What specifically are we praying for when we say ‘Deliver Us from Evil?’

“Deliver Us from Evil”

This last petition of the Lord's prayer helps to create in us a healthy disillusionment with this world and a longing for the heavenly kingdom where Isaiah 11:9 will be a reality: "They will neither harm nor destroy on my holy mountain; for the earth will be full of the knowledge of the LORD, as … Continue reading “Deliver Us from Evil”

Lord, Strengthen Our Capacity to Trust You

Read and reflect on Paul's description of Abraham in Romans 4:17-21: 17 as it is written, “I have made you the father of many nations” —in the presence of the God in whom he believed, who gives life to the dead and calls into existence the things that do not exist. 18 In hope he … Continue reading Lord, Strengthen Our Capacity to Trust You

The Struggle to Forgive

If you are struggling to forgive someone who has hurt, offended, or wronged you, then I would encourage you to read and reflect on the following prayer and Scriptures: Father, thank you that there is One who into earth’s bitter waters of sin, injustice, hatred, and revenge poured a crimson flood to make them sweet. … Continue reading The Struggle to Forgive

When You Have Fallen in Your Spiritual Journey – A Prayer of Confession & Renewal

Good and gracious Lord, we praise and thank You that our moral failings do not take You by surprise. You told Peter he would deny you three times before the rooster crowed. Forgive us for the ways that we have denied You by loving the approval of others more than Yours. Grant us renewed boldness … Continue reading When You Have Fallen in Your Spiritual Journey – A Prayer of Confession & Renewal

Praying through Psalm 1 to Start 2019

Psalm 1 Prayer of Preparation In this new year O Lord, grant us a renewed hunger and delight in Your Word. So move in our hearts that we delight to do what You command. Free us from finding our happiness and well-being in created things so that we might find You our greatest treasure. Adoration: … Continue reading Praying through Psalm 1 to Start 2019

A Prayer: Let Us Get Home Before Dark

Father of spirits, looking to Jesus, the pioneer and perfecter of our faith,we lay aside every weight and the sin that clings so closely,that we may run with perseverance the race that is set before us. Few, they tell us, finish well… Lord, let us get home before dark. Before the darkness of staining your … Continue reading A Prayer: Let Us Get Home Before Dark