Pastoral Prayer from Psalm 33

Almighty Father,
    we are called here by your Spirit and by your prophet to sing.
         Not just any type of song, but one of joy.
        And not merely joy but our joy found in you.
    Praise is proper for those redeemed.
    Praise is what should adorn the lips of the children of God.
 
Therefore Lord, our Lord,
    empower us to praise you
        in truth and joy today.
    Let our lips speak of your
        mercies and glory.
    Let our hearts be filled with happiness
       because we share in the eternal, infinite happiness of our Triune God.
 
We are able to praise you because we are able to trust you Father.
   Your Word is true and faithful.
   You are the worker of true faithfulness.
   And you promise that you will bring all things to justice in its time.
 
Your Spirit and your Son were present in the beginning.
    With you they eternally are
        and will be With you they perform all that is in the glorious character of deity.
    Let us praise our God.
    Let us tremble at your mysteriousness.
    And let us rest in your love.
 
Holy Father,
    It is your will that cannot be denied.
    It is your eternal decrees that roll out before us each day.
    It is your plans that stand before us that we would walk in them.
    It was your gracious decision to redeem us.
    It was your will that sent your Son to be our Priest and our Sacrifice.
 
Gracious Father,
    It was your Spirit who brought the incarnation into existence.
    It was your Spirit who drove the Son into the wilderness to be tested and proven faithful.
         He was there when Jesus died, bearing our sins,
        and He was there, raising Jesus from the dead.
 
Oh, let us see that salvation belongs only to you.
    Let us not rest in our power,
        our government,
        our jobs or our land.
    Let us look to the age to come, knowing that this one is passing away.
    Let our lives be filled with the awareness that your eyes are upon us.
        That you know our every secret
        and you perceive even our intentions.
 
Therefore, show us mercy in granting us even great wisdom and knowledge of you, the most high God.
    For it was You who revealed to Moses your character, declaring,
        “The LORD, the LORD,
        a God merciful and gracious,
            slow to anger,
            and abounding in steadfast love and faithfulness,
        keeping steadfast love for thousands,
        forgiving iniquity and transgression and sin,
       but who will by no means clear the guilty”
 
Let us see, therefore, both the severity and kindness of our Father.
    May we conduct ourselves in fear knowing that we shall all come under the gaze of our judge.
    And in all of this may we walk in the power and presence of the Spirit.
        Not giving in to the desire of our flesh
        but obeying our Lord because of our love of Him.
    May we cling all the more to the Lamb who was slain
        that we might live and be forgiven.
    And may we now sing praises to our God, Father, Son, and Spirit.
    Three in one, most glorious and most merciful.
 
Amen

About Matt Henry

Middle-aged pastor trying to figure out how to be missional in his world. Loves his wife, his children, and his dog Bear. I have a love of woodworking even though woodworking doesn't always love me. The name is xagete but is pronounced exegete.

Posted on August 25, 2012, in Church, Prayers and tagged , , , . Bookmark the permalink. Leave a comment.

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