- Take a moment of silence to calm and center yourself before God; before you begin to speak to God, first come to Him ready to quiet your heart and to listen. Allow the Holy Spirit to focus your attentions and affections as you begin.
- Pray Psalm 131
O Lord, my heart is not lifted up;
my eyes are not raised too high;
I do not occupy myself with things
too great and too marvelous for me.
But I have calmed and quieted my soul,
like a weaned child with its mother;
like a weaned child is my soul within me.
O Israel, hope in the Lord
from this time forth and forevermore.
- Praise God for his glory clearly revealed in that which he has created:
The heavens declare the glory of God,
and the expanse proclaims the work of his hands.
Day after day they pour out speech;
night after night they communicate knowledge.
There is no speech; there are no words;
their voice is not heard.
Their message has gone out to the whole earth,
and their words to the ends of the world.
In the heavens he has pitched a tent for the sun.
It is like a bridegroom coming from his home;
it rejoices like an athlete running a course.
It rises from one end of the heavens
and circles to their other end;
nothing is hidden from its heat.
- Praise God for the goodness, glory, truth, permanence, and limitless worth of his commands and promises:
The instruction of the Lord is perfect, renewing one’s life;
the testimony of the Lord is trustworthy, making the inexperienced wise.
The precepts of the Lord are right, making the heart glad;
the command of the Lord is radiant, making the eyes light up.
The fear of the Lord is pure, enduring forever;
the ordinances of the Lord are reliable and altogether righteous.
They are more desirable than gold—than an abundance of pure gold;
and sweeter than honey dripping from a honeycomb.
In addition, your servant is warned by them,
and in keeping them there is an abundant reward.
- Ask God to search your heart and reveal the sin in your life, that He would not let you turn a blind eye to the sins you’ve committed by doing what ought not be done or by not doing what He has called you to do. Confess to him with the assurance that if we are faithful to confess our sins, our God is faithful and just to forgive!
Who perceives his unintentional sins?
Cleanse me from my hidden faults.
Moreover, keep your servant from willful sins;
do not let them rule me.
Then I will be blameless
and cleansed from blatant rebellion.
May the words of my mouth
and the meditation of my heart
be acceptable to you,
Lord, my rock and my Redeemer.
- Take a moment of silence to receive with gratitude the forgiveness of sins that is yours through the sacrifice of Jesus Christ, his body and blood broken and shed for the forgiveness of sin.
- As one who has been forgiven, ask God to reveal to you if there is forgiveness you need to grant; is there forgiveness you are withholding from another? (Matthew 6:14-15)
- Pray on behalf of others, entreating God to act on their behalf, to meet their deepest and most real needs.
- Gregory Palamos, a 14th century monk once said: “This is the nature of prayer: that it raises one from earth to heaven, higher than every heavenly name and dignity, and brings one before the very God of all.”
- Our Father, who art in heaven, hallowed be Your name. Your kingdom come, Your will be done on Earth as it is in heaven. Give us this day our daily bread and forgive us our sins as we forgive those who sin against us. Lead us not into temptation, but deliver us from evil, for Yours is the kingdom, and the power, and the glory forever, Amen.
Be blessed as you go; know that the work of prayer is a work of eternal significance.
“To clasp the hands in prayer is the beginning of an uprising against the disorder of the world” -Karl Barth