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 It is a good thing to give thanks unto the Lord,
and to sing praises unto your Name, O Most High,
2 To tell of your loving-kindness early in the morning,
and of your faithfulness in the night season,
3 Upon an instrument of ten strings and upon the lute,
with the sound of melody upon the harp.
4 For you, Lord, have made me glad by your deeds,
and I will shout for joy because of your handiwork.
5 O Lord, how glorious are your works;
your thoughts are very deep.
6 The dull of heart does not consider this,
and a fool does not understand it:
7 Though the ungodly are as green as the grass, and though all the workers of wickedness flourish,
they shall be destroyed for ever; but you, Lord, are the Most High for evermore.
8 For lo, your enemies, O Lord, lo, your enemies shall perish,
and all the workers of wickedness shall be destroyed.
9 But my horn shall be exalted like the horns of wild bulls;
for I am anointed with fresh oil.
10 My eye also shall see its desire upon my enemies,
and my ear shall hear with joy the end of the wicked who rise up against me.
11 The righteous shall flourish like a palm tree,
and shall spread abroad like a cedar in Lebanon.
12 Those who are planted in the house of the Lord
shall flourish in the courts of our God.
13 They also shall bring forth fruit in their old age,
and shall be green and full of sap,
14 That they may show how upright the Lord is,
my rock, in whom there is no unrighteousness.
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 12:9–17 (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.
16 Live in harmony with one another; do not be haughty, but associate with the lowly; do not claim to be wiser than you are.
17 Do not repay anyone evil for evil, but take thought for what is noble in the sight of all.
What is your favorite gift you’ve ever given someone else?
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.