Prayer & Reading for March 30, 2020

OPENING

(Briefly meditate on the following to prepare your heart for morning prayer.)

Let the words of my mouth and the meditation of my heart be acceptable in thy sight, O Lord, my rock and my redeemer.

—Psalm 19:14


CONFESSION 

(Take a few moments to pray to confess your sins and acknowledge your need for God’s grace and forgiveness.)

Most merciful God, we confess that we have sinned against you in thought,  word, and deed, by what we have done, and by what we have left undone. We have not loved you with our whole heart; we have not loved our neighbors as ourselves.  We are truly sorry and we humbly repent. For the sake of your Son Jesus Christ, have mercy on us and forgive us; that we may delight in your will, and walk in your ways, to the glory of your name. Amen.


(End by acknowledging God’s mercy and realizing that He has forgiven your sins in Christ Jesus.)

May Almighty God have mercy on us, forgive us our sins, through Jesus Christ our Lord,  and strengthen us to live in the power of the Holy Spirit, all our days. Amen.


INVITATION

(Move to a time of praise by inviting or acknowledging God’s presence)

 O Lord, open our lips and our mouth shall proclaim your praise. 

Glory to the Father, and to the Son, and to the Holy Spirit: as it was in the beginning, is now, and will be forever. Amen.


THE PSALM

Psalm 118:1-2, 19-29 (NLT)

1 Give thanks to the Lord, for he is good!

    His faithful love endures forever.


2 Let all Israel repeat:

    “His faithful love endures forever.”

19 Open for me the gates where the righteous enter,

    and I will go in and thank the Lord.

20 These gates lead to the presence of the Lord,

    and the godly enter there.

21 I thank you for answering my prayer

    and giving me victory!

22 The stone that the builders rejected

    has now become the cornerstone.

23 This is the Lord’s doing,

    and it is wonderful to see.

24 This is the day the Lord has made.

    We will rejoice and be glad in it.

25 Please, Lord, please save us.

    Please, Lord, please give us success.

26 Bless the one who comes in the name of the Lord.

    We bless you from the house of the Lord.

27 The Lord is God, shining upon us.

    Take the sacrifice and bind it with cords on the altar.

28 You are my God, and I will praise you!

    You are my God, and I will exalt you!

29 Give thanks to the Lord, for he is good!

    His faithful love endures forever.


TEXT of the Week

Matthew 26:20-28 (NIV)

20 When evening came, Jesus was reclining at the table with the Twelve. 21 And while they were eating, he said, “Truly I tell you, one of you will betray me.”

22 They were very sad and began to say to him one after the other, “Surely you don’t mean me, Lord?”

23 Jesus replied, “The one who has dipped his hand into the bowl with me will betray me. 24 The Son of Man will go just as it is written about him. But woe to that man who betrays the Son of Man! It would be better for him if he had not been born.”

25 Then Judas, the one who would betray him, said, “Surely you don’t mean me, Rabbi?”

Jesus answered, “You have said so.”

26 While they were eating, Jesus took bread, and when he had given thanks, he broke it and gave it to his disciples, saying, “Take and eat; this is my body.”

27 Then he took a cup, and when he had given thanks, he gave it to them, saying, “Drink from it, all of you. 28 This is my blood of the covenant, which is poured out for many for the forgiveness of sins.”


THE APOSTLES’ CREED

(Acknowledge some of the timeless truths of the Christian faith.)

I believe in God, the Father Almighty, maker of heaven and earth;

And in Jesus Christ his only Son our Lord;

 who was conceived by the Holy Spirit, born of the Virgin Mary, suffered under Pontius Pilate, was crucified, dead, and buried; He descended into hell.

The third day he rose again from the dead. He ascended into heaven, 

and sits at the right hand of God the Father almighty.

From thence he shall come to judge the living and the dead.

I believe in the Holy Spirit, the holy catholic Church, the communion of saints, the forgiveness of sins, the resurrection of the body,

and the life everlasting.

Amen.


THE LORD’S PRAYER

(Pray S-L-O-W-L-Y. Take your time & consider each line as you pray.)

Our Father in Heaven, 

holy is Your name,

Your Kingdom come,

Your will be done,                                                                                  

On earth as it is in Heaven.

Give us this day our daily bread.

Forgive us our sins, as we forgive those who sin against us.

Lead us not into temptation, but deliver us from evil.

For Yours is the Kingdom, the power and the glory, forever. Amen!


INTERCESSION

(Use the following intercessory prayer to help you focus on specific concerns.)

Show us Your mercy, O Lord; And grant us Your salvation. Clothe Your servants with Your righteousness. Let Your people sing with joy. Give peace, O Lord, in all the world. For only in You can we live in safety. Lord, keep this nation under Your care. And guide us in the way of justice and truth. Let Your way be known upon earth; Your saving health among all nations. Let not the needy, O Lord, be forgotten; Nor the hope of the poor be taken away. Create in us clean hearts, O God; And sustain us with Your Holy Spirit.


(Take some time to pray for yourself & others. Let the Spirit lead & guide you as you pray.)

Suggested prayer topics:

The worldwide Bride of Christ, our brothers & sisters.

The mission of the Body of Christ

The Nation & all in authority

The welfare of the world


A PLEA FOR GRACE

Lord God, almighty and everlasting Father, you have brought us in safety to this new day: Preserve us with your mighty power, that we may not fall into sin, nor be overcome by adversity; and in all we do, direct us to the fulfilling of your purpose; through Jesus Christ our Lord. Amen.

CLOSING

The grace of our Lord Jesus Christ and the love of God and the fellowship of the Holy Spirit is with us. Amen.

—2 Corinthians 13:14