Friday, 12 October 2018

God with us - Zechariah 2:1-13


Father,
Jerusalem is protected by your presence.
You will be the glory in her midst.
May we flee to her with abandon,
Live in her with joy,
Discard Babylon and her treasures.

Many nations will be joined to Israel,
We will become your people,
You will dwell with us,
You will be our portion,
Surrounded by your wall of fire,  
And we shall be your inheritance.

Come, Lord Jesus, Come.


Thursday, 4 October 2018

Surprising Victory - Zechariah 1:7-21


Father,
Our world is at rest,
Content in our pride,
Assured in our confidence that you will not act.
But you have promised that you are a jealous for your people,
Angry at our disregard for you,
That you will comfort Zion and choose Jerusalem,
And you will destroy the power of nations by humble craftsmen.
Hallowed be your name.
Your kingdom come.
Your will be done.
We pray for that day, when your kingdom is built.
We pray for our faithfulness in the task.
We pray for our love and light as we labour for your kingdom.
For Christ sake
Amen

Friday, 28 September 2018

A Listening Return - Zechariah 1:1-6


Father of words;
You have been angry with our ancestors
Because they have not listened.
You have called us to return.
You have promised to return to us.
Give us ears that listen,
And wills that are attentive.
Give us repentance we pray;
Hearts turned towards your words.
Amen

Friday, 21 September 2018

Jesus Christ and him Crucified - 1 Corinthians 2:2


Father of Jesus,
We commit to your son,
To his deity, his humanity and his Lordship over us.
We declare he is the anointed, Messiah king,
Promised by the prophets,
Ruler of heaven and earth.
We submit ourselves to him.
We desire to love him.
We embrace his crucifixion.
We declare he died for us,
It was our sin that placed him on the cross.
That cross is our beacon of hope,
   Our lighthouse for direction,
   Our only hope of mercy,
   Our confidence in our brokenness,
   The goal for our hearts,
And the rule for our lives.
May we bear it,
   Live it,
   Love it,
   Proclaim it,
   Be moulded by it,
And trust the one who died on it.
Amen

Thursday, 6 September 2018

Thinking God's thoughts - Luke 11:1-13 - Lord’s Prayer #2


Father, change our hearts.
Change the direction of our thoughts.
Change our desires, our wishes and our dreams.
Fill us with your desires, promises and activity.
Change the direction of our lives.
Make us Godward not inward,
Outward not self-focused.
Redeem our motives,
Sanctify our prayers.
Redirect our activity.
Hallow your name.
Bring your kingdom.
And may your purposes prevail.
For your glory alone.

Tuesday, 28 August 2018

We Dare to call him Father Luke 11:1-13 The Lord’s Prayer #1

Our Father, you are good!
You will not give us a snake when we ask for a fish;
Nor a scorpion when we ask for an egg.
Give us your Holy Spirit.
Our Father in heaven, you are great!
The heavens are enclosed by your hand;
The oceans are a drop in a bucket.
You have made all things well,
And you have made all things great to show us a glimpse of your greatness.
May we know you and so have confidence in your ability to grant what we ask.
For your glory alone   

Wednesday, 22 August 2018

Standing Firm - Ephesians 6:10-20


Father, I am
Weak,
Wicked,
Doubting,
Tempted,
Uncertain,
And overconfident in my ability to stand firm.
There have been many times when you have
Kept me in my stupidity;
Saved me from my lusts;
Snatched me from my apostasy;
Strengthened me in my cowardice;
And reminded me in my unbelief.
Keep me from forgetting the truth.
May the gospel
Strengthen my resolve;
Smother my unrighteousness;
Soften my doubts;
And enable me to stand firm.
May your word inhabit my heart,
And may prayer be my constant practice.
For your glory alone.