Father, I thank you for the unique way you have created me. Heavenly Father, I am so thankful to be able to approach my Creator, in the name of the Lord Jesus Christ, with reverence and fear. The fear of the Lord is the beginning of knowledge. You are God. I am not. You are in control. Hallelujah!
Prayer of the Bible
“Come, let us return to the Lord; for he has torn us, that he may heal us; he has struck us down, and he will bind us up. After two days he will revive us; on the third day he will raise us up, that we may live before him. Let us know; let us press on to know the Lord; his going out is sure as the dawn; he will come to us as the showers, as the spring rains that water the earth.”
(Free expression of praise and thanksgiving to God)
Confession of Sin
Forget not the Lord’s benefits; who forgives all your sins and heals all your infirmities; who redeems your life from the pit and crowns you with steadfast love and mercy
-Psalm 103: 3-4
(Time of silence for confession of sin)
The Words of Jesus
When they had crossed over, they came to land at Gennesaret and moored to the shore. And when they got out of the boat, the people immediately recognized him and ran about the whole region and began to bring the sick people on their beds to wherever they heard he was. And wherever he came, in villages, cities, or countryside, they laid the sick in the marketplaces and implored him that they might touch even the fringe of his garment. And as many as touched it were made well.
(Think deeply on the life and words of Jesus)
Prayers for Ourselves and Others
Be cheerful no matter what; pray all the time; thank God no matter what happens
-I Thessalonians 5:17
(Time to bring before God our own needs and the needs of others)
We thank you, dear Father in heaven, for the many times you let us experience that we do not need to despair because of darkness, weakness, or sickness. You hear the desires of our hearts. You love us for all that we love when we love the Savior and when we praise his name. Let us remain in this spirit. Come to us with many proofs of your power, to the glory of your name. Come in the inner quiet of heart through which we are able to grasp what it means for us that you are our Father in Jesus Christ. Amen.
-Christoph Friedrich Blumhardt (1842-1919)