Praise the LORD, all you servants of the LORD who minister by night in the house of the LORD. Lift up your hands in the sanctuary and praise the LORD. May the LORD bless you from Zion, he who is the Maker of heaven and earth. Psalm 134 NIV
As You look upon us today and see our challenges, encourage our hearts O Lord, to keep looking to You, the Author and Finisher of our faith.
As we look to You for direction, feed us O Lord with wisdom from on high--wisdom only You can give and only those filled with Holy Spirit can discern and share with others.
Lord, we are Your children and we know You only give good gifts as any loving Father would do. When Your children are starving, You will not give us stones. When Your children are lost, You will not lead them down paths of destruction. When Your children desire wisdom, You will not give them foolishness. When Your children desire truth, You will not give them lies for we know how much You hate a liar.
Lord, we know and recognize all the attributes You have and when they are present in those who claim to love You.
You, O Lord are as transparent as clear glass and there is nothing hidden about You unless people have chosen to live in darkness and never acknowledge who You are.
You, O Lord are light that dispels the darkness and brings every hidden thing into the light for all to see.
You, O Lord are love and do nothing out of hatred and neither will You encourage Your children to hate.
You, O Lord are the God of peace, not chaos; stability and not unrest; unity and not divisiveness and those who love You, demonstrate who You are in like manner.
You, O Lord are our banner of strength and courage and You give us boldness to keep marching forward, doing all You put on our hearts to do no matter what the enemy does.
You, O Lord are the gift that keeps giving and never allows any of Your children to suffer from lack.
You, O Lord know our thoughts before we ever think them and You speak to our hearts to keep us on the path of righteousness.
You, O Lord have quickened our spirits to always stay in the battle–defending the rights of the poor and needy when they have no voice or strength to fight on their own.
You, O Lord remind us daily that You and You alone are God, You are the only One who has heaven and hell–prepared for those who obey or disobey.
You, O Lord have given us right examples in what our attitude should be in all situations, as Peter and other apostles realized in the face of certain death, “We must obey God rather than human beings.” (Acts 5:29 NIV)
Lord, we pray that everyone who has a heart for You, will remember that obedience to You is better than sacrifice and whatever You have promised when we obey, will be ours.
Lord, we thank You for searing the hearts of all who would attempt to deter and manipulate others from hearing You, out of greed for riches, status, and power. Show them their end if they refuse to hear You.
Lord, we thank You for giving most of us–an ear and heart to hear–both naturally and spiritually–all You are saying and for giving us a mind to please You and no one else.
For all You have done, are doing and will do in the lives of those who love You and obey, we give You praise and glory for You are the only one worthy of it.
Thank You for hearing and answering our prayers this day and always. In Jesus’ name, Amen!