weekly prayer 04.23.18

Psa 32:1-11 ESV –
1 Blessed is the one whose transgression is forgiven, whose sin is covered. 
2 Blessed is the man against whom the LORD counts no iniquity, and in whose spirit there is no deceit. 
3 For when I kept silent, my bones wasted away through my groaning all day long. 
4 For day and night your hand was heavy upon me; my strength was dried up as by the heat of summer. 
5 I acknowledged my sin to you, and I did not cover my iniquity; I said, “I will confess my transgressions to the LORD,” and you forgave the iniquity of my sin. 
6 Therefore let everyone who is godly offer prayer to you at a time when you may be found; surely in the rush of great waters, they shall not reach him. 
7 You are a hiding place for me; you preserve me from trouble; you surround me with shouts of deliverance. 
8 I will instruct you and teach you in the way you should go; I will counsel you with my eye upon you. 
9 Be not like a horse or a mule, without understanding, which must be curbed with bit and bridle, or it will not stay near you. 
10 Many are the sorrows of the wicked, but steadfast love surrounds the one who trusts in the LORD. 
11 Be glad in the LORD, and rejoice, O righteous, and shout for joy, all you upright in heart!
Almighty God, my Father,
You are a God of mercy, as well as a holy God of justice. O Lord, one does not diminish the other. You cannot overlook or excuse sin — it is a gross offense to Your holiness. We do not deserve to be in relationship with You. We deserve hell, and Your wrath.
Yet, You have established repentance. You provided Your Son to satisfy sin’s penalty. You provide all the means for us to have a relationship with the Holy Sovereign of Creation. What a horrid affront to Your goodness and grace when we run from You, when we do not confess our sin; when we try to hide and cover it up!
Lord, I run to You for forgiveness and mercy. I do not try to hide from You. You are my hiding place, my refuge from the shame and the guilt. You took it all for me, so I can walk in Your steadfast love and acceptance.
God, I don’t want to be stubborn and prideful. I want to know Your ways, I want to walk in Your paths. Your law, Your precepts, are not punishment — they are boundaries for my good. 
Father, I can be glad in You. I trust in Your steadfast love. I am so grateful for Your forgiveness and grace. I thank You for Your law, Your instruction, Your leading and guiding me. You love me. I love You.
Please remember to pray for our brothers and sisters in Egypt

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