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
Father, Son and Holy Spirit, I admit that I have been wrong in thought, in motive and in action. It is only by your grace that I can be freed from my guilty conscience. Please forgive me. Help me to live purely today. Thank you. Amen.
1 The Lord is King; let the peoples tremble;
he sits between the cherubim; let the earth shake.
2 The Lord is great in Zion
and high above all peoples.
3 They shall give thanks unto his Name, which is great and wonderful;
holy is he and mighty, a King who loves justice.
4 You have established equity;
you have executed judgment and righteousness in Jacob.
5 O magnify the Lord our God,
and fall down before his footstool, for he is holy.
6 Moses and Aaron among his priests, and Samuel among those who call upon his Name,
they called upon the Lord, and he heard them.
7 He spoke to them out of the cloudy pillar,
for they kept his testimonies and the law that he gave them.
8 You heard them, O Lord our God;
you forgave them, O God, yet punished their evildoings.
9 O magnify the Lord our God, and worship him upon his holy hill,
for the Lord our God is holy.
The Lord’s Prayer
Jesus, in teaching the disciples how to pray, prayed the follow prayer in the Gospel of Matthew and Luke. We learn as well as we join with the prayers of Jesus!
Our Father, who art in heaven,
hallowed be thy Name,
thy kingdom come,
thy will be done,
on earth as it is in heaven.
Give us this day our daily bread.
And forgive us our trespasses,
as we forgive those
who trespass against us.
And lead us not into temptation,
but deliver us from evil.
For thine is the kingdom,
and the power, and the glory,
for ever and ever. Amen.
What’s your favorite Christmas treat?
Take a few minutes and pray for your needs and the needs of those around you.
O God our King, by the resurrection of your Son Jesus Christ on the first day of the week, you conquered sin, put death to flight, and gave us the hope of everlasting life: Redeem all our days by this victory; forgive our sins, banish our fears, make us bold to praise you and to do your will; and steel us to wait for the consummation of your kingdom on the last great Day; through Jesus Christ our Lord. Amen.