https://rock.fellowshipgreenville.org/prayercollective

Sundays: 9 & 11am LATEST MESSAGE



Prayer Collective

this is some content
A Prayer Collective contains a prayer for each day of the month, which you can access below. Fellowship Greenville provides this copyrighted resource with the hope that it will kindle your relationship with Jesus each day. 

Blessed are you, the God of Israel,
Our Father, forever and ever.

Yours, O Lord,
Is the greatness,
And the power,
And the glory,
And the victory,
And the majesty.
For all that is in the heavens and in the earth is yours.

Yours is the kingdom, O Lord,
And you are exalted as head above all.
Both riches and honor come from you,
And you rule over all.
In your hands are power and might,
And in your hands it is to make great and to give strength to all.
And now we thank you, our God,
And praise your glorious name.

But who am I, and who are these people,
That we should be able to offer to you willingly?
For all things come from you,
And of your own we have given back to you.
For we are strangers before you and sojourners,
As all our fathers were.
Our days on the earth are like a shadow,
They do not abide.
I know, my God,
That you test the heart and take pleasure in uprightness.
In the uprightness of my heart,
I have freely offered all these things.

O Lord, the God of Abraham, Isaac, and Israel,
Keep forever the hearts of your people,
And direct their hearts toward you.

We praise you, O Lord God, our Father,
And bow low before you this day.

Footnote:
This prayer is the climax of David’s reign as he awaits the building of the temple in 1 Chronicles 29:10-18. He is praising God for his kingdom, sovereignty, and promises. Some of the language in this prayer is even used by John in Revelation when he gets a glimpse of the heavenly throne room of God.

Sweet Spirit of God,
Move, I pray, upon my disordered heart.
Lift the clouds of darkness and unbelief.
Brighten my soul with the pure light of your word,
And take the things of Christ and show them plainly to me.

Through thee may I daily learn more of his
Grace,
Compassion,
Faithfulness, and
Beauty.

Help me to find in his death the reality and immensity of his love
Open for me the wondrous volumes of truth in his “It is finished.”
Increase my faith in the clear knowledge of
Atonement achieved,
Satisfaction made,
Guilt done away,
My debt paid,
My sins forgiven,
My future redeemed,
Hell vanquished,
Heaven opened,
Eternity made mine.

Sweet Spirit of God,
Deepen in me these saving lessons.
Write them upon my heart, that my days may be
Sin-loathing,
Sin-fleeing, and
Christ-loving.

For the upbuilding of your church, and the furthering of your fame.

Amen.


Footnote:
This is an older Puritan prayer that the Holy Spirit would make the person and work of Jesus more and more central in our hearts so that we would be changed. The Spirit transforms us by causing us to realize the depth of what happened at the cross. This prayer is about furthering that realization.

Copyright Notice:

“The Spirit’s Work,” “Spiritus Sanctus,” and “For Joy” are from The Valley of Vision: A Collection of Puritan Prayers, edited by Arthur Bennett, copyright © 1975 The Banner of Truth Trust, Edinburgh, UK. Used by permission. All rights reserved.


Great are you, O Lord, and greatly to be praised;
Great is your power, and your wisdom infinite.

You awaken us to delight in praising you.
You have made us for yourself,
And our hearts are restless, until we find rest in you.

And what are you then, my God?
For who is lord but the Lord?
Or who is god if not our God?
You are most high, most good, most omnipotent;
Most merciful and most just;
Most hidden and most present;
Infinitely beautiful and infinitely strong;
Never new, never old;
Ever working, ever at rest;
Ever gathering, yet lacking nothing;
Seeking, yet having all things;
Never in need, yet rejoicing in gains;
You pay debts, owing nothing;
And you remit debts, losing nothing.

And after all this, what have I now said of you,
My God, my life, my holy joy?

Now grant that I would find rest in you.
Come to my heart, and inebriate it,
That I may forget the evils that beset me.
Make me embrace you as my only good.

My Lord, narrow is the mansion of my soul; enlarge it.
It lies in ruins; rebuild it.

Say now to my soul, I am your salvation.
Say it so I can hear.
My heart is listening.
Speak it again to me, I am your salvation.

Now, let me run to your voice, and seize hold of you.

Great are you, O Lord, and greatly to be praised.

Footnote:
This prayer comes from the first section of Augustine’s (354-430 A.D.) famous autobiography, Confessions. Here, he is declaring the greatness of God, and how that greatness is beyond our understanding. For Augustine, God’s greatness is cause for humility and joy as he seeks God.

How long, O Lord?
Will you forget me forever?
How long will you hide your face from me?
How long must I have sorrow in my heart all the day?
How long shall my enemy be exalted over me?

Consider, and answer me, O Lord my God.
Light up my eyes,
Lest I sleep the sleep of death,
Lest my enemy say, “I have prevailed over him,”
Lest my foes rejoice because I am shaken.

But I have trust in your unfailing love,
And I will rest in your faithfulness.
My heart shall rejoice in your salvation,
And I will sing to you, O Lord,
Because you have dealt bountifully with me.

Footnote:
This prayer is a lament (Psalm 13). In it, David is honest before God about how exhausted and despairing he is. He feels as though God is distant, and he is begging God to act. Yet, even through his confusion, David trusts God’s promises.

The Lord is my shepherd, I shall not want.
He makes me lie down in green pastures.
He leads me beside still waters.
He restores my soul.
He leads me in paths of righteousness for his name’s sake.

Even though I walk through the valley of the shadow of death,
I will fear no evil, for you are with me.
Your rod and your staff, they comfort me.
You prepare a table before me in the presence of my enemies.
You anoint my head with oil; my cup overflows.

Surely goodness and mercy shall follow me all the days of my life,
And I shall dwell in the house of the Lord forever.

Footnote:
Taken from Psalm 23, this is likely the most popular prayer-song of David, and for good reason. David’s posture toward God in this psalm is one of humble confidence in God’s character. He sees God as the providing and protecting shepherd that will always sustain him with mercy.

Creator and Redeemer, Triune God,
We will never cease in our thanks to you.
For the grace upon grace extended to us in Jesus.

This grace,
Always exceeding our lack,
Always sufficient for our need,
This grace has called us to yourself,
And will likewise sustain us.

As your kind hands ever guide and guard us,

May we remember this lavish grace in all that You are.

You are more faithful than we are distracted.
You are more willing than we are stubborn.
You are more constant than we are wandering.
You are more creative than we are mundane.
You are more caring than we are apathetic.
You are more pure than we are defiled.
You are more steadfast than we are fickle.
You are more compassionate than we are victimized.
You are more sovereign than we are manipulative.
You are more available than we are busy.
You are more forgiving than we are sinful.
And I shall dwell in the house of the Lord forever.

Father, Son, and Holy Spirit,

For the grace that pervades
All that you are and all that you do,
Make us ever thankful.

Amen.

Footnote:
This is a prayer that God’s grace and sufficiency would be seen in our need and experienced in our sin. If we rightly consider the various attributes of God, his grace should be clearer to us in that consideration.

Our Father,
In heaven,
Holy is your name.

Your kingdom come,
Your will be done,
On earth as it is in heaven.

Give us this day our daily bread,
And forgive us our debts,
As we forgive our debtors.

And lead us not into temptation,
But deliver us from evil.

For yours is the kingdom,
And the power,
And the glory,
Forever.

Amen.

Footnote:
Popularly known as “The Lord’s Prayer,” this prayer found in Matthew 6:9-13 is probably the most famous prayer in all of Scripture. In it, Jesus teaches us that every prayer request must be wrapped up in and submitted to the ultimate request: “Father, your Kingdom come; your will be done.”

I will extol you, O Lord,
For you have drawn me up,
And have not let my foes rejoice over me.
O Lord my God, I cried to you for help,
And you have healed me.
You have brought up my soul from the depths.
You restored me to life
From among those who go down to the pit.

Sing praises to the Lord, O you his saints,
And give thanks to his holy name.
For his anger is but for a moment,
And his favor is for a lifetime.
Weeping may last for the night,
But joy comes in the morning.

So to you, O Lord, I cry, and to you I plead for mercy,
“What profit is there in my death if I go down to the pit?”
“Will the dust praise you?”
“Will it tell of your faithfulness?”

Hear, O Lord, and be merciful to me!
O Lord, be my helper!

You have turned for me my mourning into dancing!
You have removed my sackcloth, and clothed me with joy,
That my heart may sing your praise and not be silent.
O Lord my God, I will give thanks to you forever!

Footnote:
This is a prayer of David (Psalm 30), in which he lists different reasons why God is worthy of praise. However, for David, this praise that is due to God is not a silent matter. He rejoices, sings, dances, cries out, and calls others to the same kinds of responses.

Almighty Father,

Since we have a great high priest, Jesus, your Son,
We approach your throne of grace with confidence,
Knowing that we will receive mercy,
And find help in our time of need.

We confess our sins to you because you are faithful and just,
And will forgive us our sins,
And cleanse us from all unrighteousness.
.
We confess that we have sinned against you
In thought, word, and deed,
By what we have done,
And by what we have left undone.
We have erred and strayed from your ways like lost sheep.
We have offended your holy and good laws.
We have followed too much
The devices and desires of our own hearts.

Of these things, we humbly repent.

Forgive us now,
According to your promises in Christ Jesus,
That we may delight in your will,
And walk in your ways,
To the glory of your name.

Amen. Footnote:
This is a prayer of confession that uses Hebrews 4:16 and 1 John 1:9 as its foundation. We have freedom to confess our sin because of who God has revealed himself to be in Jesus. Also, the pattern of confession in this prayer is a standard pattern in many books of common worship.

God is our refuge and strength,
A very present help in trouble.

Therefore, we will not fear,
Though the earth gives way,
Though the mountains be moved into the heart of the sea,
Though its waters roar and foam,
Though the mountains tremble at its swelling.

There is a river whose streams make glad the city of God,
The holy habitation of the Most High.

God is in the midst of her;
She shall not be moved;
God will help her when morning dawns.

The nations rage,
The kingdoms totter;
He utters his voice,
The earth melts.

The Lord of hosts is with us;
The God of Jacob is our fortress.

So come, behold the works of the Lord,
He has brought desolations on the earth;
He makes wars cease to the end of the earth;
He breaks the bow and shatters the spear;
He burns the chariots with fire.

And he says,
Be still, and know that I am God.
I will be exalted among the nations.
I will be exalted in the earth!

The Lord of hosts is with us;
The God of Jacob is our fortress.

Footnote:
This prayer is from Psalm 46, on which Martin Luther based his famous hymn “A Mighty Fortress Is Our God.” In it, the psalmist looks to God as his immovable strength even though the world around him seems to be shaking and in distress.

God and Father of our Lord Jesus Christ,
Who has chosen us in Jesus
Before the foundation of the world,
In whom we have redemption through his blood,
Through whom we have a perfect inheritance,
And are sealed with the Holy Spirit,
We praise you, Father, for your gifts that cannot be numbered.

We thank you for your people, the church,
And ask that you would give us
The Spirit of wisdom and revelation,
And open and enlighten the eyes of our hearts,
So that we may know the hope to which you have called us.

Make us also to know the riches of your glory,
And the immeasurable greatness of your power,
The same power that raised Jesus from the dead,
And seated him at your right hand in the heavenly places,
Far above all rule and authority and dominion,
Not only in this age, but also in the age to come.

Father, we bow our knees before you,
And according to the riches of your glory,
Grant us to be strengthened,
Through your Spirit in our inner being,
So that Christ may dwell in our hearts through faith.

As we, by your grace, become rooted and grounded in love,
May we comprehend with all the saints,
What is the breadth and length,
And height and depth of the love of Christ,
A love that surpasses knowledge,
That we may be filled up with all the fullness of God.

Father, you are able to do far more abundantly
Than all that we can ask or think,
And according to your power at work within us,
Glorify Jesus in your church throughout all generations,
Both now and forever.

Amen.

Footnote:
Adapted from Ephesians 1 and 3, this is a prayer of praise and thanks for all that God has done in the gospel. In the gospel of Jesus, God has made known his grace, glory, power, and love. This prayer also seeks a greater experience of these things.

O Lord, you are enthroned forever,
Your dominion is an everlasting dominion,
And your kingdom endures from generation to generation.
Because of this, we pray,

For world leaders,
May they know true peace.

For our national leaders,
May they know true justice.

For our state and city leaders,
May they know true wisdom.

For leaders in our workplaces,
May they know true stewardship.

For parents as they lead their families,
May they know true grace.

For those who lead our churches,
May they know true care.

We ask that all of these be bestowed,
In the saving knowledge of Jesus our Messiah,
And in the hope of the world to come.

Amen.

Footnote:
Based on Psalm 145:13 and Daniel 4:34, this is a prayer for leaders, founded on God’s sovereignty. All of these requests for different leaders look forward in hope to the fullness of God’s kingdom.

Have mercy on me, O God,
According to your unfailing love;
According to your abundant mercy,
Blot out my transgressions.
Wash me thoroughly from my iniquity,
And cleanse me from my sin.

For I know my transgressions,
And my sin is ever before me.
Against you and you only have I sinned,
And done what is evil in your sight.
Behold, I was brought forth in iniquity,
And in sin did my mother conceive me.
Behold, you delight in truth in the inward being,
And you teach me wisdom in the secret heart.

Purge me with hyssop, and I shall be clean;
Wash me, and I shall be whiter than snow.
Let me hear joy and gladness;
Let the bones that you have broken rejoice.
Hide your face from my sins,
And blot out all my iniquities.
Create in me a clean heart, O God,
And renew a steadfast spirit within me.
Restore to me the joy of your salvation,
And uphold me with a willing spirit.

Then I will teach transgressors your ways,
And sinners will return to you.
O Lord, open my lips,
And my mouth will declare your praise.
You do not delight in sacrifice, or I would bring it;
You will not be pleased with a burnt offering.
The sacrifices of God are a broken spirit;
A broken and contrite heart, O God, you will not despise.

Have mercy on me, O God,
According to your unfailing love.

Footnote:
This prayer is a lament (Psalm 13). In it, David is honest before God about how exhausted and despairing he is. He feels as though God is distant, and he is begging God to act. Yet, even through his confusion, David trusts God’s promises.

How lovely is your dwelling place,
O Lord of hosts!
My soul yearns, even faints, for the courts of the Lord;
My heart and my flesh sing for joy to the living God.

Even the sparrow finds a home,
And the swallow a nest for herself, where she may lay her young.
Blessed are those who dwell in your house,
Ever singing your praise!

Blessed are those whose strength is in you,
In whose hearts are the highways to Zion.
As they go through the valley of weeping,
It will become a place of springs.
And they go from strength to strength;
Each one appears before God in Zion.
O Lord God of hosts, hear my prayer;
Give ear, O God of Jacob!

O God, a day in your courts is better than a thousand elsewhere.
I would rather be a doorkeeper in the house of God
Than dwell in the tents of the wicked.
For the Lord God is our sun and shield;
The Lord bestows favor and honor.
No good thing does he withhold,
From those who walk uprightly.
O Lord of hosts,
Blessed is the one who trusts in you!


Lord, make me an instrument of your peace.
Where there is hatred, let me sow love.
Where there is injury, let me sow pardon.
Where there is doubt, let me sow faith.
Where there is despair, let me sow hope.
Where there is darkness, let me sow light.
And where there is sadness, let me sow joy.

Lord, make me an instrument of your peace.
Use me despite my weaknesses.
Use me through my weaknesses,
That the strength of your grace might be made known.

And as you use me, change my desires.
Make me long to console more than be consoled.
Make me want to understand more than be understood.
Make me desire to love more than be loved.
For it is in giving that we truly receive.

Lord, make me an instrument of your peace.

Footnote:
This prayer is a modified version of a classic prayer by Francis of Assisi (1181-1226). Francis was a friar who diligently preached, sought, and prayed for peace in his day. He was known for abandoning a life of luxury in order to put others first, and this prayer is evidence of that.

Incline your ear, O Lord,
And answer me, for I am poor and needy.
Preserve my life,
Save your servant, who trusts in you — you are my God.
Be gracious to me, O Lord,
For to you do I cry all the day.
Gladden the soul of your servant,
For to you do I lift up my soul.
You, O Lord, are good and forgiving,
Abounding in unfailing love to all who call upon you.

There is none like you among the gods, O Lord,
Nor are there any works like yours.
All the nations you have made shall come,
And shall worship before you,
For you are great and do wondrous things;
You alone are God.
Teach me your way, O Lord,
That I may walk in your truth.
Give me an undivided heart,
That I may fear your name.
I give thanks to you, O Lord my God, with my whole heart,
And I will glorify your name forever.
Great is your steadfast love toward me;
You have delivered me from the depths.

O God, arrogant foes have risen up against me;
A band of ruthless men seeks my life,
And they do not set you before them.
But you, O Lord, are a God merciful and gracious,
Slow to anger,
And abounding in steadfast love and faithfulness.
Turn to me and be gracious to me;
Give your strength to your servant,
Show me a sign of your favor,
That those who hate me may see, and be put to shame,
Because you have helped me and comforted me.

You, O Lord, are great and do wondrous things;
You alone are God.

Amen.

Footnote:
This is a prayer of David (Psalm 86) in which he looks to God to preserve him because of the enemies that are surrounding him. Throughout the psalm, David leans heavily on the personal nature of God. He is not distant or disinterested; he is a personal God who loves his people and hears their prayers.

Out of the depths I cry to you, O Lord!
O Lord, hear my voice!
Let your ears be attentive,
To the voice of my plea for mercy!

If you, O Lord, should mark iniquities,
Who could stand?
But with you there is forgiveness,
So that we can, with reverence, serve you.

I wait for the Lord, my soul waits,
And in his word I hope.
My soul waits for the Lord,
More than watchmen for the morning,
More than watchmen for the morning.

O Israel, hope in the Lord!
For with the Lord there is steadfast love,
And with him is plentiful redemption.

He is God, and he will redeem Israel
From all their iniquities.

Blessed be the name of the Lord.

Footnote:
This prayer (Psalm 130) is a lament that cries out from a place of misery. Even in “the depths” the psalmist knows that God hears his prayers. He declares his willingness to wait until God acts. He knows patient hope is part of trusting God even when we don’t feel like it.

Plainly show to us the needs of others,
Make our hearts ever prayerful for them.
We entrust them to you,
And to your wise providence and care.

For the ill, feeble, and elderly
Who are not able to care for themselves,
We ask for strength and healing for their bodies.
For the poor, oppressed, hungry, and less fortunate,
We ask that their needs would be met, and that
You would use us to do so.
For those trapped by fear, depression, and worry,
We ask that they would feel your peace that passes understanding.
For widows, orphans, and those without a loving family,
We ask that they might sense your compassion.
For stressed and strained relationships
Between family and friends,
May all involved humbly see their need
For the grace and truth of Jesus.
For marriages both new and old,
We ask for renewed bonds of trust, communication, and joy.
For those we know who don’t have a relationship with You through Jesus,
We ask that they be drawn to see, in the cross,
That your mercy is the only remedy for their sin.

Father, grant that all of these would find freedom
In Jesus by your Spirit,
Freedom from bondage to situation and self,
Freedom to service and hope.
For your name’s sake.

Amen.


I long to trust you more,
In and past my feelings, emotions, and circumstances.
I am no longer my own, but yours.
Put me to what you will; rank me with whom you will.
Put me to doing; put me to suffering; I am freely yours.
Let me be successful for you, or laid aside for you,
Exalted for you, or brought low for you.
Let me be full, let me be empty,
Let me have all, let me have nothing.
Loosen my grip on worldly things,
Things that are not means to further know you,
And make you known.
All that I am and all that I possess,
I yield to your good will and pleasure.

And now, glorious and blessed God,
Father, Son and Holy Spirit,
You are mine, and I am yours.
Now and hence and evermore.

Amen.

Footnote:
This prayer has been used by Methodists since the late 1700s. John Wesley and his followers often used it in services for Christians to continually and publicly renew their commitment to God. It is a prayer of willingness, surrender, and consecration.

O Lord, you have searched me and you know me!
You know when I sit down and when I rise up;
You discern my thoughts from afar.
You search my going out and my lying down,
And are acquainted with all my ways.
Even before a word is on my tongue,
Behold, O Lord, you know it completely.
You hem me in, behind, and before,
And lay your hand upon me.
Such knowledge is too wonderful for me;
It is too great for me to understand.

Where shall I go from your Spirit?
Or where shall I flee from your presence?
If I ascend to heaven, you are there!
If I make my bed in the depths, you are there!
If I take the wings of the morning,
And dwell in the uttermost parts of the sea,
Even there your hand shall lead and hold me.

You created my inmost being,
You knitted me together in my mother’s womb.
I praise you,
For I am fearfully and wonderfully made.
Wonderful are your works;
My soul knows it very well.

My frame was not hidden from you,
When I was being made in secret,
Intricately woven in the dark.
Your eyes saw my unformed substance;
And in your book were written all the days ordained for me,
When as yet there was none of them.

How precious to me are your thoughts, O God!
How vast is the sum of them!
If I should count them,
They would outnumber the sand.

Search me, O God, and know my heart!
Try me, and know my thoughts!
See if there be any wicked way in me,
And lead me in the way everlasting!

Footnote:
This is a prayer (Psalm 139) in which David asks God to search him and test his heart. David, in pursuit of greater intimacy with God, knows that he will more fully experience God’s presence when his heart and motives are checked.

I will extol you, my God and King,
And bless your name forever and ever.
Great is the Lord, and greatly to be praised,
His greatness is unsearchable.
One generation shall commend your works to another,
And shall declare your mighty acts.
On the glorious splendor of your majesty,
And on your wondrous works,
I will meditate.
They shall speak of the might of your awesome deeds,
And I will declare your greatness.
They shall pour forth the fame of your abundant goodness,
And shall sing aloud of your righteousness.
The Lord is gracious and merciful,
Slow to anger and abounding in steadfast love.
The Lord is good to all,
And his mercy is over all that he has made.
All your works shall give thanks to you, O Lord,
And all your saints shall bless you!
They shall speak of the glory of your kingdom,
And tell of your power.
Your kingdom is an everlasting kingdom,
And your dominion endures throughout all generations.
The Lord is faithful in all his words,
And kind in all his works.
He upholds all who are falling,
And raises up all who are bowed down.
The Lord is near to all who call on him,
To all who call on him in truth.
He fulfills the desire of those who fear him;
He hears their cry and rescues them.
The Lord preserves all who love him,
But he destroys the wicked.
My mouth will speak the praise of the Lord,
And let all flesh bless his holy name forever and ever.

Footnote:
This is the last prayer of David in the Psalms. Found in Psalm 145, it is a prayer-song of praise to God, specifically for his goodness and faithfulness to his people. Not only is this prayer ripe with praise, it is simultaneously a commitment to continue to praise God for his mighty deeds.

O Holy Spirit,
As the sun is full of light,
As the ocean full of water,
And as heaven full of glory,
So may my heart be full of Thee.

O Breath of God,
As power, expel every rebel lust and reign supreme, keeping me yours.
As teacher, lead me into truth, filling me with understanding.
As love, cause me to adore the Father, and love him as my all.
As joy, dwell in me, move in me, and animate me.
As light, illuminate Holy Scripture, molding me in its laws.
As sanctifier, make my body, mind, and soul wholly yours.
As helper, give strength to bless and sustain, directing my every step.
As beautifier, bring order out of confusion, and wholeness out of chaos.

O Divine Comforter,
Grant these things for Jesus’ sake.

Amen.

Footnote:
This is a Puritan prayer to fully live out Paul’s encouragement to “be filled with the Spirit” (Ephesians 5:18). It walks through the different tasks of the Holy Spirit (in Latin, Spiritus Sanctus) in Scripture, requesting that he would work in us and through us in different ways as he makes us more like Jesus.

Copyright Notice:
“The Spirit’s Work,” “Spiritus Sanctus,” and “For Joy” are from The Valley of Vision: A Collection of Puritan Prayers, edited by Arthur Bennett, copyright © 1975 The Banner of Truth Trust, Edinburgh, UK. Used by permission. All rights reserved.


Praise the Lord!

Praise the Lord, O my soul!
I will praise the Lord as long as I live.
I will sing praises to my God while I have my being.

Put not your trust in princes,
In whom there is no salvation.
When his breath departs, he returns to the earth.
On that very day, his plans perish.

But blessed is he whose help is the God of Israel,
Whose hope is in the Lord his God,
Who made heaven and earth,
The sea, and all that is in them,
Who keeps faith forever,
Who executes justice for the oppressed,
Who gives food to the hungry.
The Lord sets the prisoners free.
The Lord opens the eyes of the blind.
The Lord lifts up those who are bowed down.
The Lord loves the righteous.
The Lord watches over the sojourners.
He upholds the widow and the fatherless,
But the way of the wicked he brings to ruin.
The Lord will reign forever.
Your God, O Zion, will rule to all generations.
Praise the Lord!

Footnote:
This prayer (Psalm 146) is known as one of the Hallel psalms because it begins and ends with the Hebrew word hallelujah (which means “praise Yahweh”). It is a call for God’s people to worship him as Creator and Redeemer because he is the truly worthy one.


O Lord, the great and awesome God,
Who keeps covenant and steadfast love
With those who love him and keep his commandments,
We have sinned and acted wickedly and rebelled,
Turning aside from your commandments and rules.

To us, O Lord, belongs open shame,
To our kings, our princes, and our fathers,
Because we have sinned against you.

But to the Lord our God belongs
Mercy,
Forgiveness, and
Righteousness.

We have rebelled against him,
And have not obeyed the voice of the Lord
By walking in his laws,
Which he set before us by his servants the prophets.

All Israel has transgressed your law and turned aside,
Refusing to obey your voice.

Now therefore, our God, we entreat you,
Listen to the prayers of your servants,
And to our pleas for mercy,
And for your own sake, O Lord,
Make your face to shine upon us.

O God, incline your ear and hear.
Open your eyes and see our desolations,
And the city that is called by your name.
For we do not present our pleas before you
Because of our own righteousness,
But because of your great mercy, O Lord.

So, hear and forgive, O Lord.
Give your attention, and act.
Delay not, for your own sake.
Act for the display of your glory,
And on behalf of your people, who are called by your name.

Amen.

Footnote:
This is a corporate prayer of confession, found in Daniel 9:4-19. The original leader of this prayer was Daniel, while he was in exile under King Darius (about 500 years before Jesus). Daniel desired to lead God’s people in repentance in such a way that God’s fame was further put on display for others to se.

Eternal God,
In whose perfect kingdom no sword is drawn,
But the sword of righteousness,
And no strength is known but the strength of love.

Grant that we would take the good news of Jesus’ rescuing reign
To our city,
To our state,
And to the ends of the earth.

Grant that your church,
Being bound together in unity by your Holy Spirit,
Would show forth your power among all peoples,
That all peoples may be gathered
Under the banner of the Prince of Peace.

Grant that those distant from you
Might be disciples of you,
That they would turn from themselves,
And turn to your welcoming arms.

Grant that we, your ambassadors,
Would be filled with boldness and hope
As we attend to this holy task,
To see your kingdom community expand.

We pray this in the name of Jesus Christ our Lord,
Who lives and reigns with you and the Holy Spirit,
One God, forever and ever.

Amen.

Footnote:
This prayer is about kingdom advancement. It borrows language from several prayers in The Book of Common Prayer, and its essence is to sense the urgency of the church’s mission. We have been called to take the light of the gospel of Jesus into darkness. This prayer is for continued grace to do so.

Praise the Lord!

It is good to sing praises to our God;
For it is pleasant, and a song of praise is fitting.
The Lord builds up Jerusalem;
He gathers the outcasts of Israel.
He heals the brokenhearted,
And binds up their wounds.
He determines the number of the stars;
He gives to all of them their names.
Great is our Lord, and abundant in power;
His understanding is beyond measure.
The Lord lifts up the humble;
He casts the wicked to the ground.

Sing to the Lord with thanksgiving;
Make melody to our God on the harp!
He covers the heavens with clouds;
He prepares rain for the earth;
He makes grass grow on the hills.
He gives to the beasts their food,
And to the young ravens that cry.
His delight is not in the strength of the horse,
Nor his pleasure in the legs of a warrior,
But the Lord takes pleasure in those who fear him,
In those who hope in his unfailing love.

Extol the Lord, O Jerusalem!
Praise your God, O Zion!
For he strengthens the bars of your gates;
He blesses your children within you.
He makes peace within your borders;
He fills you with the finest of the wheat.
He sends out his command to the earth;
His word runs swiftly.
He gives snow like wool;
He scatters frost like ashes.
He sends out his word, and melts them;
He makes his wind blow and the waters flow.
He has revealed his word to Jacob,
His statutes and decrees to Israel.

Praise the Lord!

Footnote:
This prayer (Psalm 130) is a lament that cries out from a place of misery. Even in “the depths” the psalmist knows that God hears his prayers. He declares his willingness to wait until God acts. He knows patient hope is part of trusting God even when we don’t feel like it.

I know that I have no power over the enemy on my own,
I have no strength within myself
To fight his deceptive devices.
Therefore, in surrender and trust,
I will put on the full armor of God,
So that I may take my stand against the devil’s schemes.

In your strength, I will stand firm
By fastening the belt of truth,
By putting on the breastplate of righteousness,
By readying my feet to go in your peace,
By taking the shield of faith,
The helmet of salvation,
And the sword of the Spirit, which is your word.

Our enemy seeks to sow doubt and despair.
To fight these, sustain and comfort my fragile heart.
Our enemy prowls around like a roaring lion,
Accusing and deceiving.
To fight these, make me hear his lies for what they are.
Our enemy longs to tempt and destroy.
To fight these, surround me with your love
Through your people.

O Commander of heaven’s armies,
Whenever I sense or face an evil presence or power,
Grant both peace and confidence to my soul,
Causing me to know that yours is the victory.

The struggle I face is not against flesh and blood,
But against a present darkness
That cannot extinguish the light of your triumph.

This triumph is mine through Jesus Christ my Lord,
Who has conquered sin and death and Satan
At the cross and in his glorious resurrection.

It is in his name that we pray for
Divine protection,
Spirit-empowerment, and
Kingdom-advancement,
For your glory.

Amen.

Footnote:
This is a prayer for sensitivity to and courage for spiritual warfare. Our confidence for spiritual warfare comes from standing firm in the armor of God (see Ephesians 6:10-20) and looking to Jesus, who is the source of our victory.

O Risen Christ,

All your ways of mercy tend to and end in my delight;
You wept and suffered that I might rejoice.
For my joy, you sent the Comforter, the Holy Spirit.
You have shown me my future happiness,
And have given me a living fountain.
You are preparing joy for me and me for joy.
I pray for joy, wait for joy, and long for joy.
Give me more than I can hold, desire, or think of.

Measure out to me my needed degrees of joy;
At my work, at my leisure,
And in all responsibilities to which I must attend.
If I weep at night,
Give me joy in the morning.
Let me rest in the thought of your love;
Your pardon for sin,
My title to heaven,
And your unchanging favor.

I am an unworthy recipient of your grace;
I often disesteem your blood and slight your kindness,
But can, in repentance,
Draw water from the wells of your joyous forgiveness.
Let my heart leap towards the eternal Sabbath,
Where the work of redemption, sanctification,
And preservation is perfected forever,
Where you will rejoice over me with joy.

There is no joy like the joy of heaven.
For in that state are no sad divisions, quarrels, contentions,
Evil designs, lusts, persecutions,
Toils, strivings, or needs.

O healthful place where none are sick!
O holy gathering where all are priests!
O happy land where all are kings!
How free a state where none are servants, except to you!
With haste, bring me to the land of joy,
And with haste, bring that land’s joy to me.

Footnote:
This is an old Puritan prayer that trusts God to give his children joy. The joy that this prayer seeks can be experienced regardless of one’s situation, and is based on God’s grace. Climactically, the joy prayed for in this prayer has its eyes fixed on the joys of heaven.

Copyright Notice:
“The Spirit’s Work,” “Spiritus Sanctus,” and “For Joy” are from The Valley of Vision: A Collection of Puritan Prayers, edited by Arthur Bennett, copyright © 1975 The Banner of Truth Trust, Edinburgh, UK. Used by permission. All rights reserved.

Holy Spirit,

Form Christ in us, deep within us.
Change us in such a way that we never recover from it.
Make us bear fruit that reflects Jesus’ life
So that others are drawn to him.

Cultivate in us love,
Sacrificial, others-centered love that expects nothing in return.
Work in us joy,
Tangible, contagious joy that doesn’t flee when trials come.
Grant us peace,
Culture-transforming peace that comforts beyond words.
Fill us with patience,
Enduring, hopeful patience that always leads to grace.
Grow in us kindness,
Thoughtful, serving kindness that seeks to bless others.
Stir in us goodness,
Generous, humble goodness that pursues harmony in all things.
Further in us faithfulness,
Unbending, trusting faithfulness that isn’t shaken by storms.
Clothe us with gentleness,
Meek, contrite gentleness that considers others before self.
Develop in us self-control,
Wise, aware self-control that thinks before it acts.

Holy Spirit,
We don’t want to act out of emotion or whimsy.
We want to pursue the bearing of this fruit,
Because of the promise that you will make us more like Jesus.
As you sanctify us in and toward Christ-likeness,
Expose our sin and grant repentance,
Purify us with your word and your truth,
Cause us to see your compelling beauty
In creation and redemption.

In these things,
Glorify Jesus the Son,
And satisfy us, his people.

Amen.

Footnote:
This prayer is based on Paul’s famous passage about the fruit of the Spirit in Galatians 5:16-26. It wants each “piece of fruit” to blossom in daily life in such a way that the character of Jesus is seen clearly in our character.

Praise the Lord!

Praise the Lord from the heavens;
Praise him in the heights!
Praise him, all his angels;
Praise him, all his hosts!
Praise him, sun and moon,
Praise him, all you shining stars!
Praise him, you highest heavens,
And you waters above the heavens!

Let them praise the name of the Lord!
For he commanded and they were created.
And he established them forever and ever;
He gave a decree, and it shall not pass away.

Praise the Lord from the earth,
You great sea creatures and all deeps,
Fire and hail, snow and mist,
Stormy wind fulfilling his word!
Mountains and all hills,
Fruit trees and all cedars!
Beasts and all livestock,
Creeping things and flying birds!

Kings of the earth and all peoples,
Princes and all rulers of the earth!
Young men and maidens together,
Old men and children!

Let them praise the name of the Lord,
For his name alone is exalted;
His majesty is above earth and heaven.
He has raised up strength for his people,
For the people of Israel who are near to him.

Praise the Lord!

Footnote:
From Psalm 148, this prayer is also a Hallel psalm (see Prayer 23). It calls on all of creation – angels, sun, moon, stars, animals, and humanity – to celebrate God. It presents these various pieces of God’s created order as instruments in an orchestra designed to play a symphony of praise.

Disturb us, Lord,

When we are too well pleased with ourselves;
When our dreams have come true because we have dreamed too little,
When we have arrived safely because we sailed too close to shore.

Disturb us, Lord,

When we have lost our thirst for the waters of life;
When we have fallen so in love with this life, and have ceased to dream of eternity,
When our earthly efforts have caused our vision of heaven to grow dim.

Disturb us, Lord,

To dare more boldly,
To venture on wider seas,
Where storms will show your mastery,
And where losing sight of land, we shall find stars.

We pray, O Lord, push us into the future,
In strength,
In courage,
And in hope.

All this we ask in the name of our Captain,
Who is Jesus the Christ.

Amen.

Footnote:
This prayer is from Francis Drake (1540-1596). Drake was a sailor, and is known as the second person to sail around the world. The nautical imagery in this prayer is a powerful metaphor for the journey we are on as believers in Jesus.

I believe in God the Father Almighty,
Maker of heaven and earth.

And in Jesus Christ his only Son, our Lord,
Who was conceived by the Holy Spirit,
Born of the Virgin Mary,
Suffered under Pontius Pilate,
Was crucified, dead, and buried.
He descended into death,
And on the third day he rose again.
He ascended into heaven,
And sits at the right hand of God the Father Almighty,
From there he shall come to judge the living and the dead.

I believe in the Holy Spirit,
The holy catholic church,
The communion of saints,
The forgiveness of sins,
The resurrection of the body,
And life everlasting.

Amen.

Footnote:
This is the earliest post-biblical summary of Christian doctrine. When the prayer confesses belief in “the holy catholic church,” it is not referring to the Roman Catholic Church, but rather the original meaning of catholic — universal. This creed has been widely used in worship and teaching for hundreds of years by most church traditions.
WHAT'S HAPPENING >