Our prayers are only as powerful as our lives. In the long pull we pray only as well as we live. (A.W. Tozer)
This Week’s Scripture
· Exodus 24:12-18
· Psalm 99
· 2 Peter 1:16-21
· Matthew 17:1-9
The Lord reigns; let the peoples tremble!
He sits enthroned upon the cherubim; let the earth quake!
2 The Lord is great in Zion;
he is exalted over all the peoples.
3 Let them praise your great and awesome name!
Holy is he!
Praise to the Lord, the Almighty (verse 1)
Praise to the Lord, the Almighty, the King of creation!
O my soul, praise him, for he is thy health and salvation!
All ye who hear, now to his temple draw near;
join me in glad adoration!
Take time now to offer God your praise and worship.
O Lord our God, you answered them;
you were a forgiving God to them,
but an avenger of their wrongdoings.
9 Exalt the Lord our God,
and worship at his holy mountain;
for the Lord our God is holy! (Psalm 99:8-9)
Lord, so often as we come to you, the plea in our hearts is that you do our will and not for you to show us yours. So often our hearts have been closed to your leading and we have missed so many opportunities to be blessings to others and to be blessed ourselves. Forgive us, Lord, and help us have the courage to open our hearts to you. In Christ we pray. Amen. (James R. Wilson)
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).
Majestic and glorious Father, we give you our thanks and praise that you did not leave us to grope blindly through this dark world but have continually given us your light. We thank you for the way you have disclosed yourself and your will to us through the prophets and apostles. We are grateful that your Spirit filled, moved, and spoke through them so that what we now have in Holy Scripture is exactly what you want us to know about you and your ways. But most especially we worship and adore you for the Light of your Son, our Lord and Savior, Jesus Christ. We thank you that his light has become our light and because of him, we can truly see you, this world, and ourselves as you intend.For it is in the name of Christ, the Light of the world, we offer this prayer. Amen. (based on 2 Peter 1:16-21)
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)
· Give me greater knowledge, depth of insight, and understanding of God’s Word.
· Remind me daily of who I am in Christ. Let me be defined by who God says I am, not the world around me.
· Guide me into greater understanding and faithfulness of God’s call in my life.
· Today’s events and interactions with others, planned and unplanned
· Other needs
Supplication (Intercession – prayers for others)
· My family
· My pastor(s), church staff, and missionaries
· Those wrestling with anger, anxiety, or the overwhelming desire to please people at all costs
· Other needs
Gracious Lord, satisfy us with your love in the morning, and we will live this day in joy and praise.