Rejoice always, pray without ceasing, give thanks in all circumstances; for this is the will of God in Christ Jesus for you.

a prayer against our idols

Loving Heavenly Father, 

Yours is surpassing greatness, unspeakable goodness, and grace.  We thank you for personal mercies; for a measure of health, the comforts of home, food, and clothing; for those moments of domestic peace and harmony; and for your ongoing protection of ourselves and those whom we love.

Yet we mourn our sin and profound ingratitude to you. We have not put our hope in you, and we have not waited patiently for you to act on our behalf. We have trusted and delighted in your creation rather than in you, and we have looked to our idols to make us glad, complaining bitterly when they have failed us. We have pressured people with the heavy weight of our needs and expectations, and sinned against them when they disappointed us. Father, forgive us.  

Thank you that You will not condemn us.  You will not share us, pointing out our mountains of sin, for Jesus has leveled them. Instead you seek to convict us with your Holy Spirit's voice in grace and love, calling us back to you. Thank you for your wonderful Son, whose unshakable hope in you in the midst of life’s worst circumstances has now become our own.

Holy Spirit, help us to turn away from our sin and cling to the cross. May we hide in the wounds of Jesus and find shelter in his side. Cause us to place all our hopes in the powerful blood of our Savior and his perfect righteousness in our place. Let us know afresh the joy of our salvation.  

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