Holy Father, praise is yours from all
creation, and from those on earth you call
to love and service. You, O Lord, are blessed,
who sends from heaven the Holy One, the best
and purest soul, to save us by his death —
Breathe in us the Holy Spirit’s breath!
Heavenly Father above, who is in all, and through all, and for all —
In Christ’s name we pray with thanks and praise. Keep us awake, to win over the weakness of the flesh.
To Christ we go for forgiveness. His blood cleanses us from the guilt of sin. Let us stay near his cross at every hour.
In Christ are all spiritual blessings. Bless us that we might be a blessing to others.
With Christ we walk. Give us your strength and wisdom to follow him faithfully and reach the goal of faith, the salvation of our souls.
For Christ we speak. Make all other topics pale, and may all subjects be made to lead to him.
For Christ we wait. We pray “Maranatha, Come, Lord Jesus.” Send our Master to receive us in the heavens.
Yours is a beautiful world, O Lord, full of power and precision and sights and sounds. We marvel before all creation, what we can see of it, knowing that it declares your greatness.
Even more beautiful, Savior of mankind, is the sacrifice of Jesus Christ for our sins. In his pain, in the gore of suffering, in the cries and darkness and sweat and tears, rose the sparkling water of life and the brilliant light of glory.
Our sight is unfocused. Our sense of right is warped. Our perception of your goodness has been distorted by the father of lies.
Let us see your glory. Make us know your righteousness. Awaken us to your mercy.
May the splendor of Christ far outshine this world’s glory in our eyes.
Father, we are grateful that you know our deepest need and that Jesus has power and authority on earth to forgive our sins.
We are grateful that he comes to us and calls us to follow him, for we are sick people in need of a doctor.
Lord, we are grateful to devote ourselves to prayer and fasting while we wait for the powerful coming of our Savior from heaven.
We are grateful that the Christ is among us and willing to be touched with our petitions of pain and grief.
Sovereign God, we are grateful that our faith brings healing and that the mercy of Christ restores our senses.
We are grateful for his compassion that drives him to all the towns and cities and ask that you send workers into his harvest.
Based on Matthew 9.
Show me grace at work in generous saints,
Whose joy exceeds afflictions most severe,
Who serve like Christ their Lord, with no complaints,
Giving beyond their means, no future fear.
Show me Jesus’ grace, becoming poor,
Immeasurably rich, for our own souls to save,
To open to us the wealth of heaven’s door —
Eternal life and light beyond the grave.
Show me powerful grace for every need,
For good and blessed works in hidden ways,
Producing righteous fruit from heavenly seed,
That may increase to God man’s thanks and praise.
2 Corinthians 8-9
You, O Lord, are source and center,
Let me in your portals enter;
Walk with me the straight and narrow,
Watch with care your smallest sparrow.
You, O God, are shield and savior,
Rock and tower, loving neighbor;
Life and blessing yours forever,
Faithfulness our long endeavor. Continue reading
With pangs of hunger do beggars ask why,
Or do the sufferers look to the sky?
One man seeks to learn from pain,
Another sees no obvious gain.
The body over time decays,
The aging mind has tricks it plays.
O God, where does existence lead?
And what is man’s most basic need?
Do not our hearts yearn most for you?
Where will we go when life is through?
Lord, still our hearts and wake our minds
To truth in Christ which in freedom binds.
His faithful answers satisfy,
To questions his silence the best reply.
Father, we have greatly sinned, and so need a great salvation. We thank you for the costly gift of redemption in our Lord and Savior Jesus Christ. Show us the preciousness of this faith, that we might dedicate ourselves anew each day to your service. Continue reading
Lord, thank you that your kingdom is here, with us now, in Jesus as king who reigns over his people. We hail his rule as righteous, good, and pleasant. Give us strength to suffer with joy, give us wisdom to ply our task, give us grace for every need and hour.