In a culture that boasts individuality and autonomy, it is easy to forget that God is the one who authors and oversees our every waking moment. In Him we live and move and have our being. (Acts 17:28) Our very breath is sustained by the wonder of His creating hand. Our hearts beat today because God has ordained them to do so. We find success in our daily tasks only because God has granted us the grace to do so. He is our Creator and we are His creation. (Genesis 1) Every good and perfect gift comes from Him. (James 1:17) Today is the day that the Lord has made. (Psalm 118:24) He lacks nothing and needs nothing from us. Yet, He gives everything to us. He loves us with a matchless, mercy-filled, long-suffering, and lavish love. He alone promises abundant and everlasting life. (John 10:10, John3:16) And to these truths, let us say, “today, we will rejoice and be glad in Him.” (Psalm 118:24)
Eternal God, everlasting Father,
Great and Marvelous are your works.
When we really contemplate you as Creator and sustainer of all things, we are overawed by your greatness.
The flowers of the field are of greater beauty than Solomon in all his glory. The sparrow is the recipient of your provision, the object of your watch and care.
Nations and rulers are in place at your will and by your decree.
Events totally beyond our control are subject to your purpose and determined will.
And in between sparrows and nations, you extend your providential care to your children.
You, O God, asked Abraham: “Is anything too hard for the Lord?”
We need to have such truth reinforced in our thinking –
for the enemy of our souls besieges us with doubts about your involvement in our lives.
We are overwhelmed with contrary circumstances, and we are sometimes almost drowning in despair.
We confess that we have almost made security and money our idols, thinking that investments and governments would see us through.
Now we need to realize there is absolutely no security except in you.
You, Father God, are our secure provision.
We need to pray like Mary,
The Lord took notice of his servant and has done great things for me.
May that be our testimony this day.
Individually, we now confess our sins, and plead for forgiveness,
and trust you for daily bread.
Thank you, Father for a cleansed heart and a renewed spirit.
Thank you for meeting every need.
-A Collection of Prayers from Wendell C. Hawley
Chris Clark, Worship and Arts Pastor