A Prayer of Adoration

Here is a prayer for Lord’s day worship prepared by my colleague and friend Dr. Jannes Smith, professor of Old Testament at the Canadian Reformed Theological Seminary:

Heavenly God and Father, we come before you to praise your name. We worship and adore you, for you are a God beyond compare. We come to you as many different individuals, each with our own lives and burdens. And you are only one God; yet you can care for us all. We come here as created persons, but you, our creator, are far greater than we: three persons in one God. We come with our limited perspectives, for our lives are short, but you are eternal, without beginning and without end, beyond time and yet working day by day. We cannot see you, and yet you are here. You never change; yet you provide for our changing needs. You are everywhere present, and nothing in this world escapes your notice. You are busy with the farthest reaches of the universe, and you still have time for the prayer of a child. Your wisdom is boundless; yet you use foolish men to proclaim your Word. You are completely just–no evil can stand before you–and yet you are patient with our sins and shortcomings. You treat us infinitely better than we deserve. Instead of demanding our blood, you’ve poured out the blood of your only Son. You are everything to us, an overflowing fountain of good. And therefore we worship and adore you; we magnify your name. Our worship is feeble, not at all fitting to your greatness. But we pray that you will accept our praises in the name of your Son, and that you will perfect our praises by the power of your Spirit. For to you belongs all glory and majesty, our mighty triune God.

Amen.

This is Prayer 1 of 14 in a book entitled Prayers of the Saints (Armadale, Western Australia: The Reformed Guardian, 2010), which comes highly recommended to pastors and elders, and all who desire to deepen their prayers.

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