Father, let my struggles be with you, and never against you. At times, I may wrestle with an angel, as Jacob did, not knowing even the reason behind the contest, but let my desire always be for a blessing from you.
Let me not be the schemer as was the patriarch, but a submitter to your will, to find you and know your presence.
Father in Heaven, make my life abide by your original intent for marriage, life, and the church. Let me discover in Scripture how you created both the world and the gospel and how I should live in accordance with your design. Continue reading →
God in heaven, let us hate the things you hate, and love the things you love. Keep us from exchanging these because of pressure from man or because of our love of people. Make us steadfast in our hate of evil and in our love of righteousness. Continue reading →
We seek your favor, God of mercy. We humble ourselves to obey your commands. We strive to do what is right. We strive to be humble in your sight. Protect us on the day of your judgment by the name of your Son. Continue reading →
On Forthright Magazine, Mike Brooks offered these three facets of prayer, from reading the Lord’s prayer.
Note that there is no mention of posture, dress, directional orientation, or other physical requirements in our prayers. Christians are encouraged to “pray without ceasing” (1 Thessalonians 5:17) but not a certain number of times per day. Paul mentions “lifting up holy hands” in prayer (1 Timothy 2:8). However, the acceptable prayer of the tax collector in Jesus’ parable was given “without so much as rais[ing] his eyes to heaven” (Luke 18:13).
Heavenly Father, thank you for the freedom you give us in prayer. Help us to take advantage of this privilege. May we devote ourselves to prayer. May we live in such a way that you can say we prayed without ceasing. Continue reading →
Heavenly Father, men like Saul and Absalom sent up monuments to themselves, and we rightly regard them as self-centered. Our Lord Jesus Christ set up the breaking of bread as a monument to honor his death on the cross, and we give you glory for his selfless sacrifice. Continue reading →