Heavenly Father God, creator of heaven and earth. As we begin our day, awaken us this hour to the glory of your presence in our midst. We stand in awe of your glory because You are an awesome God, greater than our comprehension or our imagination. You are beyond any word we could ever use to describe you. And yet, through Jesus, we know the intimacy of your vast Love. We have come to you in thanksgiving and praise, to know that you are God and to place our lives into your perspective. Enlarge our vision with your Word, instill in us, again, your hope in place of our despair, your peace where our hatred threatens, your joy amidst our depression, your love overwhelming our apathy. May your Holy Spirit surround and indwell in us forevermore. In Jesus we pray. Amen.
Heavenly Father God, yesterday, the first day of the week, we started with so many blessings that we cannot count. From the light of the sun who gives us heat and brightness, the wind that blows around the earth, air that we breathe, the water tides controlled by the moon, and many others that we don’t even know.
The psalmist says, “Heed the sound of my cry for help, my King and my God, for to You I pray. In the morning, O LORD, You will hear my voice; in the morning I will order my prayer to You and eagerly watch. For You are not a God who takes pleasure in wickedness; No evil dwells with You.”
As the psalmist expresses his joy saying: “This is the day that the Lord has made; let us rejoice and be glad in it” we also repeat the words with the same joy and faith.
Our heart may feel weary from the testing and trials that will come during this week. It’s easy for us to fall into a pity party. Yet we know that You are always working on our behalf and we must gird ourselves up to trust in You regardless of our circumstances. Proverbs 3:5 tells us “Trust in the Lord with all your heart, and do not lean on your own understanding”
Sometimes we feel weak and without the strength to keep pushing ourselves. We need to rely on Your great power and ability to get us going. We pray to receive Your strength to make it through this week.
As Psalm 28:7 says, “The Lord is my strength and my shield; in him my heart trusts.”
We know that You will bless us and keep us; that Your face will shine upon us and be gracious to us. We would like to have the assurance that You are going to keep our loved ones safe during all of the days of this week. We pray that You build our confidence in You as You extend Your protection and care to us.
We will be tempted with many things; however, it’s our desire to overcome temptation. You know exactly what our struggles will be so we ask You Lord, to provide us the opportunity to step out of them. Help us to listen carefully to the promptings of Your Holy Spirit for clarity and direction.
You have said that “No temptation has overtaken you that is not common to man. God is faithful, and he will not let you be tempted beyond your ability, but with the temptation he will also provide the way of escape, that you may be able to endure it” 1 Corinthians 10:13
Bless us now as we start this new day with faith and confidence because you are with us all of the days of our lives. In Jesus our Lord we pray. Amen.