Pastoral Prayer from Psalm 93
Father in heaven, We come today professing the great truth that our Lord reigns.
You are King and you are King alone.
You do not reign with Satan.
You do not reign with some other god.
You do not reign along with sin or sickness.
You alone reign.
Therefore we come today with an awareness that we must approach you with joyous fear.
Fear because you alone reign.
Fear because in your hands lie our life and our breath.
Fear because you are a consuming fire.
Fear because you dwell in inapproachable light.
But we come in joy as well.
Joy because though we were once far off we are now brought near by the blood of Christ.
Joy because though we are sinners we have a great high priest who always intercedes for us!
Joy because we come clothed in the righteousness of our Lord and our Savior.
Joy because we are forgiven of all our sin.
Joy because we shall live forevermore and shall dwell for all eternity in your glorious and mighty presence.
O Sovereign Lord, all around your throne the voices of man lifts his voice against you.
The nations roar like waves against the rocks.
The nations resist your presence.
They will not glorify you.
They will not humble themselves before you.
They will not be silent and know their God.
Yet you continue to reign and show forth your majesty and mercy.
Oh Father, be pleased today with our worship to you
as our Lord,
and our Father.
May we worship you in spirit and in truth.
May our mouths sing praises to the one who is High and lifted up in the heavens.
May our voices blend in with the eternal praises of the angels.
May our heart be attentive to your word.
May my mouth speak your word in the power of the Spirit.
And Father, would you be pleased this day to save sinners by the blood of Jesus Christ?
Be glorified today.