This being the Lord’s Day, what should our main prayer be? This being the first day of the week, the day our Lord and Savior rose from the dead, to prove His Lordship over all things—for Whom should our prayers be, on this day?
“Let the peoples praise thee, O God;
let all the peoples praise Thee.”
Father, direct our hearts, these new hearts, to you, today especially; seeking the honor of Your Name, Your Kingdom, Your Will, here on earth. Unite our hearts to fear Thy Name (Psalm 86:11) that you receive the honor due to You, our great Father, God, and Creator.
As we have been given a vision of true worship in Revelation 4, open heaven to us today and by Your Spirit, give us a new glimpse into Your sanctuary of glory, seeing Christ sitting at Your right hand. Raise us up to sit in heavenly places with Him, today.
While it is today, reveal Your glory to us, that we may increase in the knowledge of You.
Have mercy upon us, in our spiritual blindness, for we cannot see You as we ought. And if we cannot see, how can we worship as we ought. Send the light into our darkness—the light of the knowledge of Your glory in the face of Jesus Christ. Let us not be led by our own spirits, nor by those who are blind; give us shepherds on this day, who know You, who love You and care for Your sheep, those who would teach us of You and lead us in the paths of righteousness for Your Name’s sake.
Lord Jesus, send Your Spirit to reveal “the way, the truth, and the life” that is in You. Let us not be deceived in following the traditions of men, but direct us into all truth by the power of Your Spirit of grace, according to the commandments of Your Holy Word.
Pour out Your Spirit upon Your people today, where You have chosen to place Your Name; upon Your preachers; that Your Word may be spoken through them.
Bring Your Spirit to honor Your Word as it is read and preached today. Let it, by Your power, fill our hearts and authorize Your commandments in us. Put the fire of Your Spirit in Your Word, and consume our dross. Let it penetrate cold, stony hearts; permeate our whole being and the life of Your church. Let it perpetuate the life of Christ, our Lord, and Savior in and through us. Then shall we bring others to Your house on Your day for Your worship—as You, in Jesus, call us to this Holy Day each week.
“I will declare thy name unto my brethren,
in the midst of the church will I sing praise unto thee.”
I want to see You today, to experience the glory of Your presence as You revealed Yourself in times past. Make today a supernatural event for history, for a remembrance, for a record. You did not live a righteous life for us, give that life as a sacrifice for our sins, and ascend to the Father’s right hand, as a last mighty act. You have taught us in Your Word that You did all this that You might be a merciful and faithful High Priest in things pertaining to God, to make reconciliation for the sins of the people, (Hebrews 2:17) to bring us to Him.
You have taught us how You are the mediator of our worship. Greater than Moses, You bring us to Mount Sion, the city of the living God, the heavenly Jerusalem, and to an innumerable company of angels (Hebrews 12:22).
“This is the day You have made
(for yourself, a day to remember and celebrate YOU)
we will rejoice and be glad in it.”
Do Your work in us today, as it pleases You. Let us be filled with the Spirit; speaking to each other of You, and with psalms and hymns and spiritual songs, singing and making melody in our heart to You.” Ephesians 5:18-19
“Inhabit our praises.”
Holy Spirit, I pray for Your power today to reveal the Father and the Son of glory as we gather with all the saints, here or earth and in heaven before Your presence.
“Let us comprehend with all saints what is the breadth,
and length, and depth, and height;
and to know the love of Christ which passeth knowledge,
that we might be filled with all the Father’s fullness.”
Intercede for us, today, for we know not how we ought to pray.
Father, Lord Jesus, Holy Spirit, feed us with that manna from above as we seek You today.
Have mercy on us as poor sinners. Forgive our iniquities.
Humble us in Your presence and keep us from temptation, especially this day.
Let us celebrate at Your Table today, knowing You are holy, good, and gracious, as we look forward to that great Lord’s Day to come.
“You are worthy, O Lord, to receive glory,
and honor, and power,
for thou has created all things,
and for thy pleasure they are and were created.”
Bring us to deny ourselves today, to set aside our own pleasures (Isaiah 58:6-14) to do Your pleasure. Teach us Thy way, O Lord. Show us the way to the old paths, wherein is the good way.—for Your glory and our joy.
“For Thine is the Kingdom,
And the Power,
And the Glory, Forever.