Pastoral Prayer: Hebrews 12:1-2

Here’s a pastoral prayer inspired by Hebrews 12: 1-2.  It comes from the Sovereign Grace Baptist Church in Jacksonville, Florida.

Pastoral Prayer
(inspired by Hebrews 12: 1-2)

Almighty God, O LORD of hosts, God of Israel,
enthroned above the cherubim,
you are the God, you alone, of all the kingdoms of the earth;
you have made heaven and earth.
Thank you.

We confess, O Lord, we seek to enthrone gods of our own making.  
Worse yet, we lean upon and trust in these empty gods.  
We set them before us as worthy of all our attention and effort
thinking they can grant us security, peace, comfort and happiness.
We, therefore, set our course each day to pursue these empty gods.  
We are busy each day frantically propping up our gods
by our own strength and with our own abilities.  
We forget we are in a faith race.  
What we bring are only unnecessary weights and sins.   

Lord, cause us to look to Jesus this morning.  
For He alone is our goal and aim and treasure.  

Lord, incline your ear, and hear;
open your eyes and see
and save us from the sin which clings so closely
and the weights which slow us down.  

Grant your Spirit to come
that we might with great hope and expectant joy
look to Jesus the author and perfecter of our faith
and in so doing run this race set before us with endurance.  
Amen & Amen.

~ posted on the Sovereign Grace Baptist Church of Jacksonville, Florida website.