Week 23 - November 20, 2016

These liturgies are adapted from Boa’s (1993) Handbook to Prayer

 

•Adoration•

“Great is the Lord and most worthy of praise; he is to be feared above all gods. For all the gods of the nations are idols, but the Lord made the heavens. Splendor and majesty are before Him; strength and beauty are in His sanctuary. I will ascribe to the Lord glory and strength. I will ascribe to the Lord the glory due His name and worship the Lord in the beauty of holiness.”
(Psalm 96:4–9) 

Pause to express your own thoughts of praise and adoration to God.

 

•Confession•

“I confess my iniquity; I am troubled by my sin. O Lord, do not forsake me; O my God, be not far from me! Make haste to help me, O Lord my salvation.”
(Psalm 38:18, 21–22) 

Ask the Spirit to reveal to you any areas of unconfessed sin. Acknowledge your sin to God and thank Him for forgiveness through Jesus. 

 

•Renewal•

I have hope in God, that there will be a resurrection of both the righteous and the wicked. In view of this, may I strive always to keep my conscience blameless before God and men.
(adapted from Acts 24:15–16)

Pause to add your own prayers for personal renewal. 

 

•Petition•

May I not take revenge, but leave room for the wrath of God, for it is written: “Vengeance is Mine; I will repay,” says the Lord. May I not be overcome by evil, but overcome evil with good.
(adapted from Romans 12:19, 21) 

Pray for wisdom from God:
     To gain an eternal perspective
     To fill your mind and heart with God’s truth
     For wisdom and skill for your daily activities
     Pray for other personal concerns

 

•Intercession•

Pray for those in need among your family, your friends, our communities, and our church family. 

 

•Affirmation•

“Jesus is the way and the truth and the life. No one comes to the Father except through Him.”
(John 14:6) 
“Through Jesus the forgiveness of sins is proclaimed, that through Him everyone who believes is justified from all things from which they could not be justified by the law of Moses.”
(Acts 13:38–39) 

Pause to reflect on these Biblical affirmations. Meditate on Jesus: his love, his sacrifice, his return. 

 

•Thanksgiving•

Give thanks for the many ways God provides for you every day. Thank God for the ways that He pursues you and reminds you of Himself. Thank Him for His presence with us. 

 

•Communal Prayer•

“Trust in the Lord with all your heart And lean not on your own understanding; In all your ways acknowledge Him, And He will make your paths straight. Do not be wise in your own eyes, But fear the Lord and depart from evil.”
(Proverbs 3:5–7)