Archives For Daily Prayers

Reading: Lamentations 3; Psalm 29

My soul is void of peace;
I have forgotten what joy is.

All my strength has failed me;
My hope has disappeared.

I thought it was surely over;
But I found myself still there.

My bones they ache within me;
And my soul is in despair.

But I remember how you love me;
That you are always there.

Your faithfulness is lasting,
And with me ’til the end.

Each day dawns with new hope;
Your deliverance is near.

In you will I find satisfaction;
In your name alone will I rest.

Your name, it is unchanging;
My hope is not in vain.

The walls close in around me;
But my trust they cannot take.

Reading: Jeremiah 40-44; Psalm 24

Father, everything and everyone on earth belongs to you. You founded the world and established its borders. Who can stand before you? Whoever has a pure heart and whose life is marked by good works. But their righteousness does not come through the work of their own hands, but is a gift from you they simply receive. Whoever faithfully follows and trusts in you receives blessing and righteousness through you. Let me seek your will with open eyes and ears that I might be ready to do whatever you say. Cleanse me of all my selfish desires so that I’m concerned only with doing what brings you glory.

Reading: Jeremiah 37-39; Psalm 23

Father, you are my shepherd;

I shall not want.

You make me lie down in green pastures.

You lead me beside still waters.

You restore my soul.

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 for me in the presence of my enemies;

you anoint my head with oil;

my cup overflows.

Surely your goodness and mercy shall follow me all the days of my life,

and I shall dwell in your house forever.

Amen.

Reading: Jeremiah 33-36; Psalm 22

Father, I am ruined when I think of what Jesus did for me and every other sinner. Hanging from a Roman cross, he called out to you, and for the first time in all his life he heard only silence in return. Jesus was scorned by mankind, mocked for not taking himself down from the cross. He was poured out like water, and all his bones were out of joint. His heart melted like wax in his chest. His strength dried up, and his tongue stuck to his mouth in thirst. A company of evil encircled him, piercing his hands and feet. His pain was so excruciating he could count all his bones. But he trusted in your deliverance. Though Jesus was rejected by the world, he was not rejected by you. You did not despise him, though you laid on him the sins of the world. No, you raised him up in victory over death, and now he is the righteous Branch from the line of David who continually offers sacrifices before you for all your people! Oh, how great, mysterious, and glorious is your gospel!

Reading: Jeremiah 30-32; Psalm 21

Father, my heart was incurable. There was no medicine to cure it. I was utterly dead in my sins, but you, being rich in mercy, sent Jesus to die for the sins of the world. Now, through his resurrection and ascension, you have put your Holy Spirit inside of me, renewing and curing my heart. You love me with an everlasting love. You punish me when I deserve it, but your correction doesn’t mean your love for me has left. Your faithfulness to me continues. You have written your law on my heart and put the fear of you inside of me. Your Spirit corrects and convicts me each day. I cannot pretend that I’m unaware of your commands, for the Spirit calls them to mind and your Word surrounds me. Fear of you is good for me and my children. It leads to wisdom and life. You charge each of us with our own iniquities, Lord. May I accept the consequences accordingly, knowing full well the ultimate price for my sin was paid for by the blood of Jesus.

Reading: Jeremiah 26-29; Psalm 20

Father, some trust in governments and some in militaries, but I trust in your name. Those other kingdoms and nations will fall and collapse, but your Kingdom will rise and stand forever. I, like each of your followers, live as an exile here on this earth. I long for a home which I cannot know here. But my hope is in knowing that one day you will call me home for good. My time in exile is not to be lost, however. You desire your people to seek the welfare of the communities you send them to. You desire them to pray for their towns and cities, and to be active participants in their flourishing. These are the tasks I will commit myself to while in exile. O Lord, I take comfort in knowing you have plans for my good, that you don’t seek evil for me and that I have a future and a hope in Christ. So I press on to know more and more of you with the promise that I will find you if I seek you with my whole heart.

Reading: Jeremiah 18-22; Psalm 18

Father, you are my rock and my fortress and my deliverer. You rescued me from the grip of darkness because you delight in me. How merciful you are! Your way is perfect and your Word proves true over and over again. You equip me for your purposes that I may bring you glory. If I tell myself, “I will not speak anymore of your name, and I won’t tell anyone of your works,” it feels as if my bones were on fire and I become weary from holding it in. Lord, you make it clear that what you want are people who do justice and righteousness, deliver the oppressed, treat the refugee, orphan, and widow with care, and never shed innocent blood. May their cry become my own, that I may share your heart. 

Reading: Jeremiah 1-6; Psalm 14

Father, when you look down from heaven to find any who do good you find that there is none. Every person has sinned and fallen short of your glory. For generations your people looked to the horizon for salvation to come out of Zion. Oh, how glorious that I live in the days after that salvation came in Christ! You raised up one who would not fall into temptation or give into sin, then you handed him over to be crushed for all those who, like me, continually sin against you. O Lord, let us rejoice today in your grace! Let us stand by the roads and look for your ancient path where the good way is, and let us walk in it that we may find rest for our souls. Keep me from becoming apathetic about your love and your cause. Before I even existed you knew me and the good works you had set aside for me. Keep me on the good way that I might complete those works. 

Reading: Song of Songs 5-8; Psalm 12

Father, at times it seems like the faithful have vanished and there is not one godly person to be found. Everyone’s speech is made up of lies, and the poor are mistreated. But you will not stand idly by forever. When the poor are mistreated you will arise and come to their side. Your words are perfectly pure, like silver refined seven times over. I do not deserve the love you have for me, the way you have pursued me all my life. You were sick with love for me until I came to put my faith in your Son. Now I am yours. Your desire is for me, and mine is for you. Many waters cannot quench the love you have for your children, neither can floods destroy it. Your love cannot be bought, but must simply be accepted. For the price has already been paid. 

Reading: Song of Songs 1-4; Psalm 11

Father, in you I take refuge. Not in my savings, not in my strength, not in the security of my home. For you are in your holy temple. Your throne is in heaven. You are righteous, and you love those who are righteous through the blood of your Son. You pursued me over and over again, until finally you found me. Now you have set me at your banqueting table, and your banner over me is love. Each day I awake when the day breathes and the shadows flee to spend time in your embrace, enjoying the embrace of my Father.