Sunday Prayer 49

Heavenly Father,
Your awesome power surpasses our view,
and Your majesty is beyond our comprehension.
It is even this reality which makes Your grace more amazing
and Your love more tender.

The Scripture tells us:
‘The Name of the Lord is a fortified tower;
the righteous run to it and are safe’ (Proverbs 18:10).

We run into Your Name – Your character –
for refuge because of Your power and majesty;
if You are for us, who can be against us?

And we run into Your name for covenant-love,
finding that nothing can separate us from
the tender, fierce love of the God who made us
and came for us in Christ.

We seek You.
We praise You.
We hide in You.
We live in You.

[This is part of a series of prayers for Sunday worship preparation that begins here.]

Sunday Prayer 48

After the dark of death
After the loss of life
After the gift seemed broken and discarded
After the pulsing pain
After the weary final gasp
After the heavy heave of stone over tomb

The light breaks forth
The Son shines like day
The victory resounds and heaven cheers
The surging joy
The rising hope
The empty space now filled with life

Jesus
our risen King
light of the world
we worship You
Savior
incarnate life
resilient Lord
we praise Your matchless Name.

[This is part of a series of prayers for Sunday worship preparation that begins here.]

Sunday Prayer 47

When Moses came down from Mount Sinai,
he instructed the people in Your Law
and guided them into the ways of Your covenant.

He also directed them in the construction of the tabernacle
as the Holy Spirit descended on Bezalel and Oholiab,
giving them gifts of artistry and craftsmanship for worship.

The people made great sacrifices of their best possessions,
silver and gold give for the worship
and fashioned for worship in the tabernacle.

As we gather today, we are a kingdom of priests,
worshiping in spirit and in truth,
offering our best of spiritual sacrifices as the new house
in which You dwell.

Be glorified in us as we offer our best gifts in worship;
be magnified through us s we use the gift You give;
be exalted among us a we worship only You.

All this we pray through Jesus Christ, our Lord,
who, with You and the Holy Spirit,
is the exalted One God,
both now and forever.

[This is part of a series of prayers for Sunday worship preparation that begins here.]

Sunday Prayer 46

For the one who sows to his own flesh will from the flesh reap corruption, but the one who sows to the Spirit will from the Spirit reap eternal life. (Galatians 6:8)

Lord,
we come to You this day
to sow to the Spirit
and turn away from the flesh.

Keep us close to You
and grow the crops of the Spirit
in our lives.
We give up the works of the flesh
and pick up the works of the Spirit.

Please meet us in our daily death to the flesh
by bringing spiritual life – eternal life –
along with spiritual fruit
as the harvest of our lives to You.

May Your grace meet us
every step of the way.
May Your Spirit’s power infuse us with strength
like a strong wind in a boat’s sails.

All for Your glory
through Jesus Christ, our Lord,
Amen.

[This is part of a series of prayers for Sunday worship preparation that begins here.]

Sunday Prayer 45

The people of God in times past
would light candles at the altar,
burn the daily incense offerings,
and offer sacrifices to You in the tabernacle.

May we today as Your people
light our lives in worship before You,
lift our prayers to You like incense,
and offer spiritual sacrifices of praise to You.

Be glorified, O God, above the heavens
and let Your glory shine over all the earth.
Receive glory and honor in our worship
even as You inhabit the praises of Your people.

[This is part of a series of prayers for Sunday worship preparation that begins here.]