Pastoral Prayer: Inspire Us to Worship

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You are the life-giving God.

Inspire us

and give us the energy to call upon Your name,

for our minds are not enough to understand,

our thoughts are wayward

and we are easily distracted.

We love the world too much

and within our heart is still the struggle with unbelief and doubt.

It is only by Your Holy Spirit that our many weaknesses

can become strengths.

We approach You as our Father

and our Friend.

You are our portion forever,

the person from whom we get exceeding joy,

and from You comes the strength of our hearts.

We believe in You as the God of nature,

the God of all things,

the great Creator,

the one who set everything in motion,

the one who sustains the universe,

the one who controls providence,

and the one who sent Jesus to be our Saviour from Sin.

Inside each one of us today is a voice that makes us feel too guilty to come before You,

too fearful

or too proud

to call upon Your name

– but today we choose to praise You

because of the good news of the Gospel of Jesus Christ,

that we are able to be reconciled to You

because of Him.

May the truth that is in Him

illuminate in us all that is dark,

firmly establish in us all that is wavering,

still within us all of the storms of our hearts,

accomplish in us and through us all of the good plans that You have set before us,

and glorify in us the name of Jesus Christ.

Some of us are passing through a vale of tears,

through a difficult, almost impossible time

– but we choose to thank You

and bless You

for opening the gate to glory at the end of it.

Help us to realise that in You is something better than what we see before us,

help us keep heaven and eternity with You ever in our mind.

Prepare us for the journey You still have for us to walk.

Uphold our steps by Your word.

Keep us from any sin that would dominate us.

Teach us that if we put ourselves first,

then we are not walking towards Jesus.

Teach us that if we are trying to save ourselves,

then he cannot be our Redeemer.

Help us see the kinds of idols we are setting in our hearts

so we may have a better relationship with You.

Give us a strong faith that accepts Jesus as our Redemer

and Lord and our God over all.

In Jesus name we pray, Amen.

(Inspired by “Truth in Jesus” from “The Valley of Vision“)