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Scripture Readings: [ ] Ps 1 [ ] Prov 1:1-7 [ ]  Matt 1:1–7 [ ]  Acts 1:1–11 [ ] Gen 1:1–12

Seeking God
I seek You Lord, my God, with all my heart, with all my soul, with all my mind and all my strength

Heart Preparation
TO YOU, O Lord, my God I lift up my soul; in You I trust, let me not be ashamed, let not my enemies triumph over me. Psalm 25:1-2 (MLB)

Declaration of Faith
Lord God Almighty, You have the words of eternal life and I believe that Jesus Christ is Your only begotten Son that He died on the cross and was raised again on the third day just as Your Word teaches me. Lord I know that You are the one true Holy Triune God.  I confess that I am a sinner and cannot save myself through good works but You have provided a way for my salvation through Jesus.

Confession
 BLESSED (HAPPY, fortunate, prosperous, and enviable) is the man who walks and lives not in the counsel of the ungodly [following their advice, their plans and purposes], nor stands [submissive and inactive] in the path where sinners walk, nor sits down [to relax and rest] where the scornful [and the mockers] gather. Psalm 1:1 (AMP)

 

Heavenly Father I confess that I have at times listened to the counsel of the wicked instead of listening to the counsel of Your Holy Word, I have stood with sinner’s instead of Christian brothers and sisters.  It is easy to fall into the crowd in my everyday life, and get caught up in listening to gossip, off color jokes and other things that do not reflect Your love.  Lord forgive me for the times I have not been holy (set apart, different, pure) in my words and actions.  Lord forgive me for being submissive and inactive when I could have, been bold and decisive.  Lord forgive me for the times I have sat down and relaxed in worldly ways and sat with the scornful and the mockers.

 

Forgiveness
Behold, it was for my welfare that I had great bitterness; but in love you have delivered my life from the pit of destruction, for you have cast all my sins behind your back. Isa 38:7 (ESV)

 

God thank You for forgiving me of my sins, craft within me a holy way of living through the strength and power of Your Holy Spirit.  My heart’s desire is to please and honor You in all that I do and say.

Collect
God You are the creator of the heavens and the earth.  You are eternal and in Your mark of time “In the beginning” You spoke the world into existence.  When You speak all things obey.  Lord I delight in Your laws, I study and meditate upon them all day and night.  Teach me Your ways Lord, give me understanding and wise counsel so that I may comprehend and gain insight in dealing with the life You have given me to live.  Lord teach me that I may act wisely with thoughtfulness, righteousness, justice, and integrity.  May I be prudent in all of my words and actions.
Lord open the way for the young people of this world to learn Your ways through the teachings of Your scripture in churches, the media, through neighbors, friends and families.  Most of all Lord I ask that the black dark dominion that has taken over the hearts and minds of the people be shattered.  Lord I ask that You stir up Your people in this nation to set up prayer altars in their homes, work places and in the schools.  Lord I ask that all of Your people be humbled through Your Holy Spirit may they fall to their knees in true worship.  God we have lost so much ground to the enemy and Your Holy Word tells us that if we humble ourselves, turn from our wicked ways and pray in accordance to Your laws You will forgive our sins and heal our land.  Lord let it be so! Amen

Blessing
May the God of love and peace be with you this day as you step out into the world may You live in the world but not be of the world.  In Jesus blessed name I pray.  Amen

Composed by: Karrol Sneed 2013