A Prayer inspired by the prophet Zephaniah

Sovereign LORD,
we know that a time is coming,
the great day of the LORD,
when You will stretch out Your hand
to judge the nations of the earth
and sweep away everything
from the face of the earth.

We tremble before You, LORD,
for who can truly stand in that day?
We seek You, LORD our God,
we seek righteousness and we seek humility
that You might shelter us on that day,
and save a remnant for Your name.

In this present day, we also tremble
over the distress that has come upon us.
Our strength is demolished
and the streets are deserted.

But You, LORD our God, are with us;
a Mighty Warrior who saves us.
Show forth Your great delight in us,
and in Your love rejoice over us with singing.
Remove from us the grief of our losses
and restore our fortunes before our very eyes.

All this we pray, through Jesus Christ,
to whom, with You and the Holy Spirit
be all honor and glory, now and forever.
Amen.

A Prayer for Distressing Times inspired by the prophet Habakkuk

LORD God, you are our refuge and strength,
an ever-present help in times of trouble.
In these days, we are deeply aware
of just how greatly we need Your help.

We see the pestilence that stalks at night
and the plague that destroys at midday.
Like Habakkuk, we say to you,
“How long, Lord, must we call for help?”

Be our refuge in the gathering trouble;
be our strength amidst feeble bodies.
Teach us to dwell in the shelter of Your presence,
and to rest in the shadow of Your might.

And even if the fig tree does not bud
and there are no grapes on the vine,
grant us, God our Savior, great joy in You
as we tread upon the heights by Your power at work within us.

All this we pray, through Jesus Christ,
to whom, with You and the Holy Spirit
be all honor and glory, now and forever.
Amen.

A Prayer inspired by the prophet Nahum

LORD God, King of the earth,
You have created all peoples
and reign over all the nations
that inhabit this earth.

When the nations rage
and put themselves forward as mighty,
You still have the final word,
promising to put all the prideful in their place.

Although tempted to trust in our own strength,
we turn to You, even as the psalmist says,
“Some trust in chariots and some in horses,
but we trust in the name of the Lord our God’ (Psalm 20:7).

Teach us to live with trust
in light of the prophet Nahum’s words,
“The Lord is good, a refuge in times of trouble.
He cares for those who trust in him” (Nahum 1:7).

All this we pray, through Jesus Christ,
to whom, with You and the Holy Spirit
be all honor and glory, now and forever.
Amen.

A Song of Hope – “You Never Let Go”

I talked with a few different people this past week who are in the midst of some challenging situations. In the midst of our focus on hope this week, the following song came back to my mind. It speaks hope into our lives with the simple, yet profound, truth that God walks with us through the ups and downs of our lives. I hope it’s an encouragement to you today.

[This is a continuation of this week’s theme of “Beginning to Live with Hope.”]

Saturday Prayer 31

Some trust in chariots and some in horses,
but we trust in the name of the Lord our God. (Psalm 20:7)

Lord, You are greater than any human power. You created all human power and stand behind it all, sustaining all creation. My trust is not in human power. It comes and it goes. It is strong compared to some but weak compared to others. Human armies and governments have no power against the spiritual powers for “our struggle is not against flesh and blood, but against the rulers, against the authorities, against the powers of this dark world and against the spiritual forces of evil in the heavenly realms” (Ephesians 6:1-2).

But, Lord, You are greater than all these. Before You, Lord, who can stand? “Now, this I know: the Lord gives victory to His anointed” (Psalm 20:6).”

Thank You that in Jesus Christ the victory has been already won. “Having disarmed the powers and authorities, He made a public spectacle of them, triumphing over them by the cross” (Colossians 2:15). And “thanks be to God, who delivers me through Jesus Christ our Lord” (Romans 7:25). You gave victory to Your anointed, Jesus Christ.

We stand now in His victory: free from sin, raised to life, and seated in the heavenly places in Jesus Christ.

[This is part of a series of prayer posts in 2012 that began here.]