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An Evening Prayer


Over the years it has been my practice, learned from others, to offer up praises and petitions framed by a passage of Scripture. Some of these passages were read in preparation for preaching, others offered material for meditation in daily devotion; still others were plundered specifically for the purpose of finding fresh material for prayer. As I continue to learn how to pray I have shared a few prayers with my family and friends for their use or adaptation. Here is an evening prayer for your encouragement:

"My Father in Heaven, I come this evening with praise.

You are the fountain of all wisdom and the mountain of all strength. If there could be weakness in you, it would still be stronger than my greatest strength. If there could be foolishness in you, it would still be wiser than our greatest wisdom.

Thank you Lord for giving me moments of wisdom today; and thank you for being my strength every day.

My Father in heaven, I also come this evening to confess.

I am not wise or important. I am one of the foolish people of the world, one of the weak, one of the lowly.

Although that is what I am, I confess that I am also one of the boasters of the world. I like people to think I am clever and good. I make a big deal of the little that I know. I argue quickly. I repent slowly. I like to hear my praises. I even praise myself.

Please forgive these sins, and the others that come to my mind. Forgive them all I pray.

My Father in heaven, I also come this evening for help.

This evening I not only repent of sins gone past. I ask that you will help me walk with you in the future.

Help me to boast - but only to boast in you, my lord. Help me to love praise, but to love the praise of your wonderful name. Help me to join those who live for you, instead of living for themselves.

Thank you for showing your wisdom in planning our salvation. Thank you for showing your strength in defeating sin, death, and the devil.

Please teach me to love Jesus Christ. Please teach my whole family to love him too. Help those who face loss, and grief, and disappointment, to find in Jesus enough joy for every day Help my by your Spirit, as I pray this in Jesus's great name. AMEN."

*This is the twelfth prayer in Dr. Van Dixhoorn's series on prayer

Dr. Chad Van Dixhoorn (PhD, Cambridge University) is a Professor of Church History and the Director of the Craig Center for the Study of the Westminster Standards at Westminster Theological Seminary. He also serves as an Honorary Research Fellow at the University of East Anglia, Norwich, UK.

Praying Through the Scriptures: Genesis 2

"We come to you this morning, our Maker, Redeemer and eternal Rest. You are the one who patterns the weeks of our lives, ordered by the work of your creation and the rest of your holy day. We praise you for giving us work for six days and rest for one day.

We know that every day belongs to you, but you have set one day apart. With your permission, we call this day a holy day. For your honour, we call this day the Lord's day. With your encouragement, we celebrate this day designed for our good. We bless you for this gift; we ask that you would give us on this day some of the rest that we crave, and grant us a Sabbath day's blessing, we pray.

We also know that the whole of the Christian life is to be a life of worship, but we know that you call us together to worship you as your gathered people, redeemed by your Son and our glorious Saviour, the Resurrected Lord Jesus Christ. We ask that you will help us by your Holy Spirit, to worship you this day. Assist us in our prayers, speak to us through your Word, bless us through every gift and means of grace we ask.

Finally, O Lord, we admit today that even as we consider your goodness, we also see our failures. We find faults in our working, when we do too little, or do too much. We see wrongs in our resting, when we treat each day alike, or shrink your day down to a sixty-minute Sabbath. And so we come to you on your day, confessing that we are weary of our foolishness and tired of our sins. Lift our heavy hearts by your Holy Spirit, and give us the true rest we need. Pardon our sins because of the work of Jesus Christ. And then so bless us this day that we will show forth your Lordship every day, until we reach the promised rest purchased for us by Jesus Christ Our Lord, in whose name we pray. AMEN."

Chad Van Dixhoorn is Chancellor's Professor of Historical Theology for Reformed Theological Seminary. A former British Academy Postdoctoral Fellow, in 2013 he was elected a Fellow of the Royal Historical Society in recognition of his five-volume work on the Westminster Assembly, published by Oxford University Press. Chad and his wife Emily have five children. He organizes his free time by coaching little league, losing tennis matches against all comers, and reading NYT bestsellers. 

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