Saturday, March 17, 2007

A Prayer This Saturday Evening

Psalm 67

God be merciful to us and bless us,
And cause His face to shine upon us,
That Your way may be known on earth,
Your salvation among all nations.

Let the people praise You, O God;
Let all the peoples praise You,
Oh, let the nations be glad and sing for joy!
For You shall judge the people righteously,
And govern the nations on earth.

Let the people praise You, O God;
Let all the peoples praise You.
Then the earth shall yield her increase;
God, our own God, shall bless us.
God shall bless us,
And all the ends of the earth shall fear Him.

As we prepare our hearts to gather together with other believers tomorrow, may we seek Your glory and honor alone, oh, Lord. May we worship in spirit and in truth with all our heart, soul, mind and strength – everyday, this is not just a Sunday faith. Let Your servants open the Word and speak forth what You would have them speak with boldness, and let the people have ears and hearts to hear. Teach me, Father, to learn to be slow to speak and slow to anger with those I love so much. Help me to remember in the moments of frustration that a soft answer turns away wrath. Let my life match my confession of faith, through Your strength, my Savior. Lord Jesus, it is in Your righteousness alone that I place my trust. You are the hope that anchors my soul. Please let the words of my mouth and the meditations of my heart be acceptable in Your sight, I pray – each day, but especially as we gather together to worship as a body of believers in the morning. No matter what else happens around me, let my worship be acceptable to You. Please forgive me and turn back my affections when I forget where my focus needs to be, and that is on Christ alone. And as we worship You in spirit and truth, may we begin to truly live lives that honor You and point others to Jesus. Help us to shine forth Your light to all the nations so that as people come to saving faith in Christ their voices will be added to the glorious anthem of praise. Amen.


Rabbit said...

What a beautiful prayer, R, I join with you this morning!

Kim said...

Wow---this is beautiful! Thank you for focusing my thinking in this direction!