Daily Prayer: June 6, 2017

Reading: Proberbs 13-15; Psalm 2

Father, why do we always try to separate ourselves from you? Why do we want to be our own gods and make our own plans? The kingdoms of the earth think they set their own destinies, but you laugh at their foolishness, knowing that you’ve established your everlasting Kingdom and installed Christ as its King. You have made the nations his heritage and are making the ends of the earth his possession. On that Day when your gospel has reached the corners of the earth your judgment will rain down on those kingdoms who plotted against you, and great will be their destruction. We should serve you in fear and rejoice with trembling at your power and authority. Father, guard my tongue, for if I continually use it I will sin against you. Encourage my spirit and my wife’s to discipline our children with diligence. It is exhausting at times, but if we love them we will persevere and you will give us the strength. Let me not live according to what seems right to me or any other human, but according to what is right to you. This is the path of life. Increase my fear and my wife’s fear of you that our children may see the confidence and hope we have in you. Make me slow to anger just like you, Father. Open my eyes continually to the plight of the poor so I do not overlook them. May I always remember that you delight in obedience, not sacrifice. 

Daily Prayer: June 1, 2017

Reading: Psalm 1-2; 147

Father, you are worthy of every song of praise and every voice that lifts you up. You gather together the outcasts and you heal the broken-hearted. You are almighty and all-knowing. We cannot comprehend your power and understanding. All the earth’s activities are under your authority. Yet you do not take delight in animals or trees, but in those who fear you and put their hope in your love. You have revealed yourself and your gospel to me, but you haven’t done the same with so many others. I praise you for setting your sights on me. Thank you, Lord! I am lost and hopeless without you. I will delight in your law and I will meditate on it night and day. He who is firmly planted in your Word will yield fruit. His life will bare testimony that his hope and trust are in you. May it be so with me. Keep me from the sinful desire to make myself God and to determine right and wrong for myself. O Lord, you have given the nations to Jesus as his heritage. I long for the day when the ends of the earth hear of the splendor of your majesty and the depth of your love, and I mourn for those who ever hear of it or who reject it.