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weekly prayer 09.24.18

Psalm 90:1-17 ESV –

1 Lord, you have been our dwelling place in all generations. 2 Before the mountains were brought forth, or ever you had formed the earth and the world, from everlasting to everlasting you are God. 3 You return man to dust and say, “Return, O children of man!” 4 For a thousand years in your sight are but as yesterday when it is past, or as a watch in the night. 5 You sweep them away as with a flood; they are like a dream, like grass that is renewed in the morning: 6 in the morning it flourishes and is renewed; in the evening it fades and withers.

Almighty God,

You are the Sovereign God of all creation. You are eternal, and all-powerful; all-knowing and just. You rule over life and death; wars and peace; plenty and famine. And yet – my home, my safety, my security, is with you. You are with me always. You are my Father.

7 For we are brought to an end by your anger; by your wrath we are dismayed. 8 You have set our iniquities before you, our secret sins in the light of your presence. 9 For all our days pass away under your wrath; we bring our years to an end like a sigh. 10 The years of our life are seventy, or even by reason of strength eighty; yet their span is but toil and trouble; they are soon gone, and we fly away.11 Who considers the power of your anger, and your wrath according to the fear of you?

God, who can stand in your presence? No one! No one is righteous. All of our thoughts and deeds are known to you. There is no hiding. There is no pretense. Because you are just, you cannot just let sin slide. There must be justice. The debt of sin must be paid.

12 So teach us to number our days that we may get a heart of wisdom. 13 Return, O LORD! How long? Have pity on your servants! 14 Satisfy us in the morning with your steadfast love, that we may rejoice and be glad all our days. 15 Make us glad for as many days as you have afflicted us, and for as many years as we have seen evil. 16 Let your work be shown to your servants, and your glorious power to their children. 17 Let the favor of the Lord our God be upon us, and establish the work of our hands upon us; yes, establish the work of our hands!

Oh, God, you have had pity on your servants! You sent your Son into the world that we might be saved.  You provided a spotless lamb in Jesus, so that you could satisfy us in the morning with your steadfast love, rather than your just wrath. Lord, we are grateful for every moment that you give us, for our life and breath is given out of your mercy. I don’t want to waste this precious life that you have given to me. Show me how you want me to live. Teach me, and soften my heart and incline my will to obey what you ask. In Jesus I have your favor; in Jesus I have purpose. You have prepared works for me to do. You have made me and fashioned me. You are such a gracious and good God.

Amen

This week please remember our brothers and sisters in Mexico. They face increased pressure from organized crime and corruption, and little governmental protection.

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