Ah Lord God! It is You who have made the heavens and the earth by Your great power and outstretched arm! Nothing is too hard for You. Your works are wonderful! We know that full well!
Please hear our cry for help, for we have put our hope in Your Word. You have all the power. You have all the wisdom. You are the Holy Sovereign, and there is no where to go but to You, our loving Father.
Oh Lord, please turn our eyes away from worthless things! Our idols have led us into a desert place, and we pant for the water of life. We have neglected Your word and find our faith growing weak from the famine of not hearing Your words. Oh Lord, please come quickly to our aid; do not delay to deliver us from the false wisdom of our culture that would separate us from Your supremacy in our lives. You have all the power and the only wisdom to direct our lives! Please give us eyes to see, ears to hear, and hearts to obey You, that we may be living sacrifices in worship to only You.
Father, you have observed the distractions we have everyday from our phones, computers, games, entertainment, sports. Please deliver us from misusing our time and attention. Please help us use self-discipline and self-control in these areas. Again, Father, we ask that You would turn our eyes away from worthless things. Please teach us to look into the eyes of our family and friends and acquaintances, and free our hands to extend the human touch.
Father, You see every person. You see the multitude of hurting people who feel alone and disconnected, rejected, despised, and misunderstood. You know how that feels. Come quickly to their rescue with Your peace that passes understanding. Let them seek You and find You has the One who supplies every need. Help them know You as their God who forgives all their sins and heals all their diseases, who redeems their life from the pit and crowns them with love and compassion, who satisfies their desires with good things, so that their youth is renewed like the eagle's.
Father, please intercede in family conflicts. Break down every idol and every stronghold that causes strife and unfaithfulness in our homes. Please let Your will be done on earth, and in our homes, as it is in Heaven. Holy Father, we acknowledge that You can break the unbreakable and move the immovable. We believe in the power that raised Jesus from the dead. We believe in the power of Your Name. We believe in your power to resurrect love and faithfulness even from a dead heart. We beg for your healing in our relationships.
Oh Lord, where would we be without Your love and mercy and forgiveness? Thank You, oh our Father, for these unfathomable gifts. We lay our requests before You and wait in expectation.
We praise Your name, no matter what comes, for we trust in You.
In the power of Jesus’ name.
SCRIPTURES FOR REFERENCE AND REFLECTION
Jeremiah 32:17 RSV
Ah Lord God! It is thou who hast made the heavens and the earth by thy great power and by thy outstretched arm! Nothing is too hard for thee.
Your works are wonderful, I know that full well!
I rise before dawn and cry for help; I have put my hope in your word.
Turn my eyes away from worthless things; Preserve my life according to your word.
“The days are coming,” declares the Sovereign Lord, “when I will send a famine through the land— not a famine of food or a thirst for water, but a famine of hearing the words of the Lord.”
But the wisdom that comes from heaven is first of all pure; then peace-loving, considerate, submissive, full of mercy and good fruit, impartial and sincere.
Therefore, I urge you, brothers and sisters, in view of God’s mercy, to offer your bodies as a living sacrifice, holy and pleasing to God—this is your true and proper worship.
Do not conform to the pattern of this world, but be transformed by the renewing of your mind. Then you will be able to test and approve what God’s will is—his good, pleasing and perfect will.
He was despised and rejected by mankind, a man of suffering, and familiar with pain.
Do not be anxious about anything, but in every situation, by prayer and petition, with thanksgiving, present your requests to God.
And the peace of God, which transcends all understanding, will guard your hearts and your minds in Christ Jesus.
You will seek me and find me when you seek me with all your heart.
And my God will meet all your needs according to the riches of his glory in Christ Jesus.
Praise the Lord, my soul, and forget not all his benefits—
who forgives all your sins and heals all your diseases,
who redeems your life from the pit and crowns you with love and compassion,
who satisfies your desires with good things so that your youth is renewed like the eagle’s.
Your will be done on earth as it is in heaven.