Each week for this season our devotions will be centered around the practice of PRAYER. Like the disciples we too have the opportunity to ask Jesus, “Lord, teach us to pray.” We encourage you to read all prayers and Psalms out loud – let the words of Scripture fill your prayers!
Prayer of Confession
Almighty and most merciful Father, we have erred and strayed from Your ways like lost sheep. We have followed too much the devices and desires of our own hearts. We have offended against Your holy laws. We have left undone those things which we ought to have done; and we have done those things which we ought not to have done; and there is nothing good in us. O Lord, have mercy upon us, miserable offenders. Spare those, O God, who confess their faults. Restore those who are penitent; according to Your promises declared unto all people in Christ Jesus our Lord. Grant that we may hereafter live a godly, righteous, and sober life; to the glory of His name. Amen.
1 Unto you, O Lord, will I lift up my soul; my God, I have put my trust in you;
O let me not be ashamed, neither let my enemies triumph over me.
2 For all those who hope in you shall not be ashamed,
but those who deal untruly shall be put to confusion.
3 Show me your ways, O Lord,
and teach me your paths.
4 Lead me forth in your truth and teach me,
for you are the God of my salvation; in you has been my hope all the day long.
5 Call to remembrance, O Lord, your tender mercies,
and your loving-kindnesses, which have been from of old.
6 O remember not the sins and offenses of my youth,
but according to your mercy think on me, O LORD, in your goodness.
7 Gracious and righteous is the Lord;
therefore will he teach sinners in the way.
8 Those who are meek shall he guide in judgment,
and those who are gentle shall he teach his way.
9 All the paths of the Lord are mercy and truth
to those who keep his covenant and his testimonies.
10 For your Name’s sake, O Lord,
forgive my sin, for it is great.
11 Who is the one who fears the Lord?
He shall teach him in the way that he shall choose.
12 He shall dwell at ease,
and his seed shall inherit the land.
13 The Lord reveals his secret counsel to those who fear him,
and he will show them his covenant.
14 My eyes are ever looking to the Lord,
for he shall pluck my feet out of the net.
15 Turn to me, and have mercy on me,
for I am desolate and in misery.
16 The sorrows of my heart are enlarged;
O bring me out of my troubles.
17 Look upon my adversity and misery
and forgive me all my sin.
18 Consider my enemies, how many they are,
and how they bear a tyrannous hate against me.
19 O keep my soul and deliver me;
Let me not be ashamed, for I have put my trust in you.
20 Let integrity and righteous dealing preserve me,
for my hope has been in you.
21 Deliver Israel, O God,
out of all his troubles.
Memorizing Scripture is a great way to allow God’s word to transform you. Take these small sections of our passage and say them outloud. Then look away and test yourself; can you say it without looking? Good job!
9 Let love be genuine; hate what is evil, hold fast to what is good;Romans 12:9–15 (NRSV)
10 love one another with mutual affection; outdo one another in showing honor.
11 Do not lag in zeal, be ardent in spirit, serve the Lord.
12 Rejoice in hope, be patient in suffering, persevere in prayer.
13 Contribute to the needs of the saints; extend hospitality to strangers.
14 Bless those who persecute you; bless and do not curse them.
15 Rejoice with those who rejoice, weep with those who weep.
What was the highlight of your day yesterday?
Take a few minutes and pray for your needs and the needs of those around you.
Lord, teach us to pray. Help us to persevere in prayer so that we may rightly know you and become deeply mature as your followers. Amen.