Sunday Prayer 10

 

This good day is a gift from You,
and we receive it as the gift it is.

Father eternal,
Jesus the Son,
Life-giving Spirit –
there is none like You.

We praise You, Lord,
and remember all Your goodness:
You heal our diseases,
You save us from sin,
You renew our strength so that we rise up like the morning’s dawn.

May our mouths bring You praise
as the fitting overflow of lives offered as sacrifices for You.

Glory to Your Name!

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

Sunday Prayer 9

For where your treasure is, there your heart will be also. (Matthew 6:21)

Lord,
be my treasure in this life
and the next.

May my greatest joys be found in You,
the treasure of my soul.

Captivate me amidst the voices
and pulls of this passing life.

Carry me forward
with eyes set on the eternal kingdom.

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

Sunday Prayer 8

For God alone my soul waits in silence,
    for my hope is from him.
He only is my rock and my salvation,
    my fortress; I shall not be shaken.
On God rests my deliverance and my honor;
    my mighty rock, my refuge is God.
Trust in him at all times, O people;
    pour out your heart before him;
    God is a refuge for us.
(Psalm 62:5-8)

All sorts of things in our lives
send us shaking and shuddering:
the violence, the loneliness, the divisions,
the memories, the godlessness, and more.

O Lord, we come running to You
to find peace, rest, refuge, and hope,
and in You there is more than enough
space to not just huddle up and hide
but to stand, walk, and thrive in life.

We’re looking to You, running to You, and living with You today.
Be glorified, Lord!

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

Sunday Prayer 7

The Spirit of the Lord is upon me,
because he has anointed me to preach good news to the poor.
He has sent me to proclaim release to the captives. (Luke 4:18)

 

Jesus, You are the One who brings freedom,
You are the One who brings life.

Thank You for the freedom found in the Cross –
that Your death opens the gateway to life.
Thank You for the freedom found in Your Resurrection –
that abundant life – full life – is found in You.
Thank You for the freedom found in Your Ascension –
that even now You sit at the Father’s right hand interceding for us.

All we need is truly found in You.
Yet we confess that many times we seek
other Saviors to deliver us,
other Kings to lead us,
other Messiahs to bring us hope.
We admit they do not bring life
and we need You alone.

Come, King of glory, and reign in us
even as we submit our life together and individually to You alone.

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

Sunday Prayer 6

Holy, Holy, Holy, Lord God Almighty,
the whole earth is filled with Your glory!

We stand in awe of You
and we close our mouths
in awe and respect of You.

Who is like You, Lord?
Who can compare with Your awesome power,
and who can compare with Your amazing grace?

O God, King of the earth,
thank You for allowing us to draw near to You in worship.

You are amazing!

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