On Sunday, May 12, 2018, MaryAnn Roberts shared the following Prayer of Praise to begin our meeting. We hope that his words continue to inspire your hearts to worship.
We come to you this morning to praise you.
You are the Creator of the heavens and the earth, the mountains and the valleys, the greenery and the deserts, the caves, and the oceans, the large animals and the microscopic organisms in creation that you sustain every day. We stand in awe that you have the power to create and hold together a much larger universe than our little lives. We praise you for creating us humans and how you actively sustain the billions of humans on the earth right now and all who have gone before us. You know each of our comings and goings and are not overwhelmed at all to guide and weave our lives. How majestic is your name in all the earth!
We praise you for salvation. As the Psalmist says, we will “rejoice and be glad in your steadfast love, because you have seen our affliction; you have known the distress of our soul, and you have not delivered us into the hand of the enemy; you have set our feet in a broad place.” (Ps 31:7-8) Thank you for the Messiah that you sent to save us from our rebellion against You. Thank you that for those who are in Christ, we wake up this morning knowing you hear our cry not because of anything we did or didn’t do or how we feel. You hear us because Jesus is interceding for us at Your right hand. Help us to come boldly to you this morning through Him.
We praise you for the gift of mothers and the relational blessings you give. You have provided in tangible physical, emotional and spiritual ways through our earthly mothers. Thank you for that provision. Thank you for the gift of children that you have given to so many. You are the giver of every good gift. Thank you for your tender care for those who are hurting today – who are longing to be mothers, who have lost mother or child, have had miscarriages, or have strained relationships with their mother or child. You say, “Can a woman forget her nursing child, that she should have no compassion on the son of her womb? Even these may forget, yet I will not forget you.” (Is 49:15) So whether today is a day of celebrating or one of sorrow, Lord we praise you that you do not forget us.
We come to you boldly this morning because you are our Creator, Savior and Provider. Please tune our hearts now to sing your praise. Amen