We pray as those who have had something taken from us — our sin and condemnation, at the Cross.
And something given to us — new life and relationship with God enabled by the Holy Spirit given at Pentecost.
We come as those who are dependent, unable to save ourselves or improve our prospects by our own actions.
But we come as those filled with joy: confident we are chosen, redeemed, loved and accepted — whatever happens, we have the joy of knowing we belong.
May we never forget that the LORD works wonders for every one of His devoted lovers. And this is how I know He will answer my every prayer. Psalm 4:3
Don’t be pulled in different directions or worried about a thing. Be saturated in prayer throughout each day, offering your faith-filled requests before God with overflowing gratitude. Philippians 4:6
Lord, I come to You in gratitude as the One who has always been my champion and my defender.
Whenever I have been under pressure, You have been there to release me.
And it’s like that again. I need more of Your kindness!
How can I ask this, of You? My right exists only because of our relationship, because You treat me so much better than I deserve.
I know I can put my trust in You: and because of who You are, You will hear me and answer.
Now, whatever I see reported, whatever concerns I overhear from others, I can live unafraid.
I don’t have to be pulled in different directions, or assailed by doubts and worries.
I come to You, not just in desperation, but in joy and confidence, because through Jesus I am united with You.
Let the light that comes from Your smile and Your favour, break through this oppressive darkness and reveal to us a different view.
Knowing that You have this. Amen.