Wednesday, July 27, 2011

Holy God, Father of our Lord Jesus Christ,
            We extol your name, declaring that you are the only God and Savior. Because there is no God but you, we will bless you forever and ever. Every day of our lives we will praise your name and offer thanks to you for your goodness to all the inhabitants of earth.
            Thank you that we can completely trust you during times when drought shrivels our crops even as brothers and sisters are still rebuilding from floods and winds.
We thank you because you comfort in the aftermath of the evil choices of one man in Norway. Thank you for being there for those precious people and leading them back to churches to seek you for comfort and help.
We thank you because we know you are still sovereign even if the majority of political leaders pursue selfish ambition at great cost to the rest of us. We believe you have reserved a handful of righteous men and women who serve you in our nation’s capitol and we ask for wisdom for them.
Thank you that you have saved us as a remnant who choose to obey you and pray to you daily. Who choose to trust you when the world seems to be crumbling.
We choose to trust you without anxiety. Help each of us take every thought captive during financial and relationship troubles. Help us believe, without anxiety and with strong faith, that you see us and you will rescue us. Increase our faith. We pray this in the name of your Son, Jesus Christ of Nazareth. Amen.

Supporting verses from the ESV:
“I will extol you. My God and King, and bless your name forever and ever. Every day I will bless you and praise your name forever and ever. Great is the LORD, and greatly to be praised, and his greatness is unsearchable.” Psalm 143:1 -- 3
“I, I am the LORD, and besides me there is no savior. I declared and saved and proclaimed, when there was no strange god among you; and you are my witnesses,” declares the LORD, “and I am God.” Isaiah 43:11,12
“Fear not, for I have redeemed you, I have called you by name, you are mine. When you pass through the waters, I will be with you; and through the rivers, they shall not overwhelm you; when you walk through fire you shall not be burned, and the flame shall not consume you. For I am the LORD your God, the Holy One of Israel, your Savior.” Isaiah 43:1 – 3
When Elijah thought he was the only prophet / righteous person left, God told him, “Yet I will leave seven thousand in Israel, all the knees that have not bowed to Baal, and every mouth that has not kissed him.” 1 Kings 20:10
“Though the fig tree should not blossom, nor fruit be on the vines, the produce of the olive fail and the fields yield no food, the flock be cut off from the fold and there be no herd in the stalls, yet I will rejoice in the LORD; I will take joy in the God of my salvation. God, the Lord is my strength; he makes my feet like the deerps; he makes me tread on my high places.” Habbakkuk 3:17 – 19

Tuesday, July 5, 2011

Almighty God, Maker of Heaven and Earth, Father of Jesus Christ our Lord,
            You created us to be the best of Creation in a world that unabashedly declares your glory. The skies reveal your power. Food sprouting from the earth to feed your creatures tells of your provision and love. You made us in your image and breathed your life into us so we could glorify you by revealing your noble character – with our thoughts, words, and choices. Our treatment of others. You created us to glorify you.
            You desire for us to rejoice in your gifts, marveling at the way you redeem our mistakes. You call us to accept your forgiveness instead of wallowing in self-hatred and regret. You want us to remember to thank you for answered prayers. You command us to express gratitude rather than complaining.
            With your help, we determine that we will be grateful. We will rejoice in our blessings. We will continue to rejoice even in the face of suffering. We will allow your love to flow through us to others so that you will be glorified. We offer this prayer in the name of your Son Jesus. Amen.

Supporting verses:
The heavens declare the glory of God, and the sky above proclaims his handiwork.” Psalm 19:1
Rejoice in the Lord always; again I will say, Rejoice.” Philippians 3:20
Now to him who is able to keep you from stumbling and to present you blameless before the presence of his glory with great joy, to the only God, our Savior, through Jesus Christ our Lord, be glory, majesty, dominion, and authority, before all time and now and forever. Amen.” Jude 24
And your ears shall hear a word behind you, saying, ‘This is the way, walk in it.’” Isaiah 30:21

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