Father in Heaven, with the new year advancing quickly, time rushing by, life speeding on, let me live in the oasis of your peace.
Help me to be before I do.
Sanctify our people. Purify our motives and actions. Redeem us each day in our straying thoughts and wandering feet.
Bring our friends and family members to the truth. Convert them to Christ, away from sin and deceit. Rescue them from their doom.
Lead us to fight against our self-love and narrow interest, against the evil within and the wicked who would drown the righteous with their wrongdoing. Continue reading
Thank you, Lord, that our brethren in Strasbourg, France, were not among those killed or hurt. We grieve for those who lost their lives and others who are now fighting to live in the hospital.
Our hearts hurt for those two killed and the two wounded by a Palestinian gunman in Israel’s west bank.
Father, help governments to deal wisely and apprehend terrorists without curbing the liberty of their citizens.
We grieve as well for the five people killed by the depressed man who entered a cathedral in Campinas, Brazil, and then killed himself.
So much harm and hurt in this world! We know this to be the result of man’s sin and distance from yourself.
Save from the violence of man, O Lord, but save especially from the consequences of our own sin, redeem and restore us to your self.
Lord God, we have sinned. We plead forgiveness.
We confess that we have squandered our time, our energies, our resources on fleeting things. We acknowledge that your kingdom has been put in second place. We realize that we have failed to obey the Lord Jesus by proclaiming his salvation with every creature in this world.
We admit that we know Disney better than Daniel. We have sought out hilarity more than holiness. Seriousness and dedication are lacking. We’d rather shop the aisles of our favorite store than share the gospel with our neighbor.
Forgive us, Lord, and turn us from our sins.
Before your glory, O God, we see our sin —
Hideous, horrible, ripping you from our souls —
What distance gapes between your holiness
And our uncleanness! Woe is me! — Woe!
The hand must cover the mouth: “Impure! Impure!”
To wash our hearts, to whom, to whom must we go?
God forgive our failure to speak to every person we meet about the gospel.
God forgive our lack of godliness and holiness and our love for the present world.
God forgive our selfish ambition and our pursuit of carnal passions.
God forgive our brotherly love grown cold.
God forgive our neglect of prayer and the Word.
God forgive our erratic discipleship, wobbling back and forth between submission to the Lord and our own stubborn wills.
God give us repentance from our willful ways, faith to follow in the darkest days, discipline to forge ahead, courage to speak truth and challenge error, love and fear for your holy name, devotion to the way of life eternal.
Lord, show me the beam in my eye. Hold my tongue until I remove the shadow of sin. Show me my hypocrisy. Let me embrace the pain of repentance and feel the relief of confession. Make me fit to be your servant and my brother’s friend.