Friday, December 30, 2016

You Are Our Father

CALL TO PRAYER
Repeat and or meditate on this verse until your thoughts are centered on God.
 
The Lord remembers we are dust,
and he our frame well knows:
We are as fleeting as the grass
that in the pasture grows:
 —Psalm 103:14-15
Suggested tune: Dundee (CM)


 
SCRIPTURE OF THE DAY
For you are our Father, though Abraham does not know us and Israel does not acknowledge us; you, O Lord, are our father; our Redeemer from of old is your Name.
—Isaiah 63:16
 
FOOD FOR THOUGHT
However inclined by nature earthly parents are to help their children, nay, though they should endeavor to cherish them with the greatest ardor of affection, yet should affection be wholly extinguished in the earth, God would fulfill the duty both of father and mother to his people. From which it follows, that we basely undervalue the grace of God, if our faith rise not above all the affections of nature; for sooner shall the laws of nature be overturned a hundred times, than God shall fail his people.
—John Calvin
 
TODAY'S PRAYER
I thank you, O God, that you are my father, and that I am your (son/daughter). Should the world break apart, I will remember this: I am yours, and you are mine...
 
YOUR OWN PRAYERS
Allow the above to help guide your own confession, praise, thanksgiving, and/or petition.

THE LORD'S PRAYER
Our Father, who art in heaven, hallowed be thy Name. Thy kingdom come, thy will be done on earth as it is in heaven. Give us this day our daily bread; and forgive us our debts as we forgive our debtors; and lead us not into temptation, but deliver us from evil; for thine is the kingdom, and the power, and the glory forever. Amen.
 —Matthew 6:9-13

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