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Praying Through the Scriptures: Galatians 6

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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. The Alliance has asked me to share some with you too. Here are the prayers we have considered so far followed by the next prayer in this meditative series:

Genesis 1

Genesis 2

Deuteronomy 3

Joshua 23

Joshua 24; Acts 4

Judges 2; Acts 6

Galatians 5:16-26

Acts 7

Acts 8

 

Galatians 6

Gracious Father in heaven, hallowed by your name, and humbled be our own. We come to set your name above all others, for you alone are God; yours is the power and the glory and the honour. You are worthy of all praise and adoration for the glory of your character, for the goodness of your actions, for the grace of your salvation.

And so we ask, O Lord, that you would keep us from bragging. Keep us from thinking that we are really something, when we are nothing. Let us each test our own work, bear our own load, and correct fellow transgressors with a spirit of gentleness, keeping a watch on our own selves. Support us in doing good to everyone, especially to those who are of the household of faith. Prevent us from growing weary; prompt us to remember that in due season we will reap, if we do not give up.

And even as we ask that you would make us better servants, we beg that you would keep us from boasting. Stop us from boasting in anything except the cross of our Lord Jesus Christ, by which the world has been crucified to us, and us to the world. Make his suffering the talk of our day, his sorrows the source of our joys, his work, and not our own, the comfort of our hearts. Help us to walk by this rule. And may your peace and mercy, and the grace of our Lord Jesus Christ, be our salvation in this life of trouble, our consolation in times of discouragement, and our aspiration as we seek to be like him through the help of your Holy and powerful Spirit.

This we ask for our own sakes, so that we would be encouraged; and we ask if for Christ's sake, so that he would be glorified, and you in him. AMEN.


*This is the tenth post in a series on "Praying Through the Scriptures."

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: Acts 7

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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. The Alliance has asked me to share some with you too. Here are the prayers we have considered so far followed by the next prayer in this meditative series:

Genesis 1

Genesis 2

Deuteronomy 3

Joshua 23

Joshua 24; Acts 4

Judges 2; Acts 6

Galatians 5:16-26

Acts 8


Acts 7

"Lord our God, you are the one who appeared to the patriarchs, and brought them to a new land. You are the one who brought a family into Egypt so that you could bring a nation out of it. You are the one who raised up Moses, and promised to raise up One like him, but mightier than he. You are the one who has received us into an eternal kingdom, in the name and the merits of Jesus Christ, who remains in your presence on our behalf.

Lord, you can do all things; no one should refuse to obey you, or try to thrust you aside. For heaven is your throne and the earth your footstool. You have made all things. And yet our God we have sinned against you; help us not to resist your Spirit, but to be led by him. We are all too often like your stiff-necked people of years gone past; help us to be pliable under your hand.

And so we ask you today to pardon our many sins. Do so, we pray, for the sake of the truly Righteous One, who was betrayed and murdered because so we could have forgiveness and life. Do so, for the sake of the One who stands at your right hand.

And when the day comes for us to die, receive our spirits into your presence, and forgive not only our sins, but those who have sinned against us. In the glorious name of Jesus we pray, AMEN."


*This is the ninth post in a series on "Praying Through the Scriptures."