Teach us to pray: Part 5

Dear Church Family  sanctification

Quieting our hearts

“Praise the Lord, all nations!
Extol him, all peoples!
For great is his steadfast love towards us,
and the faithfulness of the Lord endures for ever.
Praise the Lord!”

Psalm 117

Pause and consider who it is we are privileged to pray to.  Think through and praise God for the examples of his steadfast love and faithfulness you see in your life.  Rehearse to yourself some of the ways in which God has revealed that to our church and to his people across the world throughout time.

Keeping Jesus central to life

“Long ago, at many times and in many ways, God spoke to our fathers by the prophets, but in these last days he has spoken to us by his Son, whom he appointed the heir of all things, through whom also he created the world. He is the radiance of the glory of God and the exact imprint of his nature, and he upholds the universe by the word of his power. After making purification for sins, he sat down at the right hand of the Majesty on high…”

Hebrews 1v1-3

  • Praise God that he has revealed himself to us.
  • Pray for those in our fellowship who are ill or who have chronic illnesses, pray that they would know Jesus’ power and sovereignty as they walk through hard times.
  • Pray for those who are concerned about and caring for ill loved ones.
  • Pray that the certainty of our hope would be both a comfort in hard times but also a spur to live in light of Jesus rule and reign and return.

Confession

Stop now and take some time to confess your sin to God using this prayer as a template:

O Lord, we want to enter your presence, worshipping you face to face, awed by your majesty, greatness and glory, yet encouraged by your love.

Yet there is a coldness in our hearts, a hardness towards you, an unwillingness to admit our sin and need for you. Forgive us, for Jesus’ sake. Come near and strength us until Christ reigns supreme within us, in every thought, word and deed. Give us a faith that purified the heart, overcomes the world, works by love, fasten us to you, and always clings to the cross. In Jesus’ name. 

Amen.

Praying for others; family, friends and stranger

Use the Lord’s prayer in Luke 11 as a template to guide you in your prayers for others today.

Father, 

hallowed be your name.

your kingdom come.

Give us each day our daily bread.

Forgive us our sins, for we also forgive everyone who sins against us.

And lead us not into temptation.

Amen

Praying for the day

Take some time to think about what you face in the day ahead, or have faced in the day passed.  Bring each of them to God now.  Pray that he would take and use your words and actions in each in advance his kingdom.

Conclusion

As we close take some time to reflect on these words, pray that God would make it so for you.  Thank him that he has poured out his Spirit into our hearts to enable us to increasingly be like this.

Eternal God

the light of the minds that know you

the joy of the hearts that love you

and the strength of the wills that serve you:

grant us to know you that we may truly serve you,

whose service is perfect freedom;

through Jesus Christ our Lord.

Amen.

St Augustine

Thanks for your partnership in prayer.

Al

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