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.

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.

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.