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Thursday, May 16, 2013

Pastoral Prayer from Psalm 24.

Prayer for May 12, 2013 Psalm 24:3-5

Our Precious Father Who is in Heaven, yours is all the earth and everybody in it. All
the fullness of the world is yours: the silver, the gold, the cattle on a thousand hills. All
the cities, all the farms, all the factories, all the villages, all the homes and businesses.
The banks are yours, the seas and continents with all the fish, the animals, the birds.
Everything belongs to You, Our Father, and you govern and rule all by your sovereign
and loving hands.

You founded the continents upon the seas and upon the floods, so that they stand
according to your sovereign power, even the everlasting hills and mountains with all
their treasures of minerals and diamonds and rubies and sapphires. Everything is yours,
O Lord, for you have created all things, and they are upheld by your everlasting power
and authority. This we do confess, Heavenly Father. We shall have need of nothing,
for you have riches untold.

Who on this earth shall rise to be with you in your heavenly Kingdom, O Lord? You
have purer eyes than can behold iniquity, and wickedness shall not stand before you.
Only those who hands are clean, whose hearts are pure, who has not been lifted up to
worship idols, nor made false vows and promises, deceiving their neighbors. Who are
these people, O Lord, for we do not know any of Adam’s sons who are not altogether
sinful and defiled?

Except one, O Lord, and that is your Only Begotten Son who was pure and holy in all
His ways, the Lord Jesus Christ, who came down from Heaven to save us from our
sins. He has clean hand, a pure heart, always loved and worshipped His Father, and
always keeps His promises. Blessed be the Name of the Lord Jesus.

We confess, O Lord, that the blessing that He received from His father, the everlasting
kingdom is ours in Him. He has ascended to the hill of the Lord and stands in the Holy
Places and as He is, so are we in the world, for we were raised with Him and our
inheritance is sure and certain to us. He was made sin for us, who knew no sin, that we
might be made the righteousness of God in Him. We are blessed in Him and He is
made to us wisdom and righteousness and sanctification and redemption. Amen and
Amen.

We are therefore sons of God, and have received the Spirit of adoption, a new
generation born of the Spirit of God. You have said, “seek my face,” and we by your
Spirit have replied, “Thy face, O Lord, will we seek.” Blessed be your holy Name
forever and ever.

This we pray in the precious Name of our Mediator and King, the Lord Jesus, Your
Only Begotten Son. Amen.
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