As you approach the throne of God,
may you open your heart to the Lord,
not thinking of yourself more highly than you ought,
not seeking to cover your transgressions
from the one who knows all things.
May you treat every person with grace
knowing at one time we all lived
under the dominion of sin.
And may you remember the Lord Jesus Christ,
born of the Virgin Mary,
who entered into the world of suffering,
whose death and resurrection declares to all creation
that suffering will not be the last word.
May you walk in the paths of righteousness,
may you stand in the truth of the Word,
may you dwell in the house of the Lord.
May you know God,
not by his title,
but by his name,
the I will be who I will be,
the God of Abraham, Isaac and Jacob.
And may he also be your God
watching over your ways
as you walk in his footsteps.
Holy God, we come before your throne and admit that most of the time we are too busy singing and praying and feeling goood and feeling bad and feeling so-so to stop and listen for your tiny, little whispers. In your word you paint for us a picture of full and abundant life, life that can only be had by drinking your living water, knowing you not as a title, but intimately, a mystery, as a wife knows her husband.
We pray that our lives would be planted near you – that we would send our roots deep into your word and your life, that we would draw nourishment from you, and that with the life you give we would in turn provide shelter and comfort and blessing to whoever comes under our branches.
We pray that we would not walk in the counsel of the wicked, nor stand in the way of sinners, nor abide in the house of hte scornful, but that our delight would be in you, in your truth, in your grace, now and forevermore.
May you live a life of integrity
careful to walk a blameless path
in the sight of God.
May you sing of God’s love and justice,
a messenger of the stories
of his deliverance in your life.
And may you search for faithful companions
as you journey through life
partners in joy and sorrow
blessings from God
for those who trust in Him.