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 O God, my heart is fixed, my heart is firmly fixed;
I will sing and give praise with the best that I have.
2 Awake, my soul; awake, lute and harp;
I myself will awaken the dawn.
3 I will give thanks unto you, O Lord, among the peoples,
and I will sing praises unto you among the nations,
4 For the greatness of your mercy reaches to the heavens,
and your faithfulness to the clouds.
5 Exalt yourself, O God, above the heavens;
let your glory be over all the earth.
6 That your beloved may be delivered,
save me by your right hand, and answer me.
7 God has spoken in his holiness:
“I will rejoice and divide Shechem, and parcel out the valley of Succoth.
8 Gilead is mine, and Manasseh is mine;
Ephraim also is the helmet for my head; Judah is my scepter.
9 Moab is my wash-pot; over Edom will I cast my shoe;
over Philistia will I triumph.”
10 Who will lead me into the strong city,
and who will bring me into Edom?
11 Have you not forsaken us, O God?
And will you not, O God, go forth with our hosts?
12 O help us against the enemy,
for vain is the help of man.
13 Through God we shall do great acts,
for it is he who shall tread down our enemies.
What is something positive from your childhood?
Take a few minutes and pray for your needs and the needs of those around you.
Father, Son and Holy Spirit, in this Advent season, help me to focus on your solutions and not mine. Help me to grow in appreciation for your coming into the world. Help me not to be distracted by the noise of the world. Thank you. Amen.