On Sunday, June 25, Suzanne Verougstraete brought a Prayer of Praise to our church to start worship at our Sunday meeting. The text of her prayer is written blow. We hope that her words will continue to encourage and inspire your hearts.
In Psalm 145 it says, “I will extol you, my God and King, and bless your name forever and ever. Every day I will bless you and praise your name forever and ever. Great is the Lord, and greatly to be praised and his greatness is unsearchable.”
Gracious Heavenly Father,
We humbly come before you this morning to offer you a sacrifice of praise, even though we know we could never praise you enough for all that you are to us and for all you have done for us. Our hearts are full of joy because you are our One and Only, the Sovereign One over all the earth. You are without equal and there is none like you!
We praise you because You are the Helper and the upholder of our lives. You are always present in our time of need. You never leave us alone. You sustain us with your mighty right hand. You even encourage us to come boldly before your throne of grace and make our requests known to you.
We praise you because You are trustworthy and faithful. We glory in the fact that we can trust you to care for us as a shepherd cares for his sheep. Always protecting, always guiding, and always providing for the needs of your people. Because you are trustworthy, we can even praise you in the valleys of our lives. It is in these times that we often experience the sweetest fellowship with You. Trusting you through the hard times gives us a deep experience of your love and faithfulness. We can feel your loving arms wrapped around us, holding us tight.
We praise you because You are immutable, never changing. What a comfort it is that when it feels like the world is spinning out of control, You, God, are steadfast and faithful. You are the Rock on which we stand and the Fortress in which we can take refuge. This brings so much peace and comfort to our souls. Because you are an unchanging God, we never have to worry that You will break your covenant with us. Even when we are unfaithful to you, you never stop forgiving us, you never cease to offer us grace in our time of need. And for each new day your Word says we can count on new mercies. Praise the Lord.
Most of all, Father, we praise you that when we were yet sinners, you loved us! You chose us first, we did not choose you. You loved us so much that you sacrificed your son to cleanse us from unrightousnessness and sin. By doing so You made it possible for us to fellowship with you. You made us your children, you even call us “friend”. So deep is your love that You have even engraved our names upon your hand! We praise you for your steadfast love. Your Word commands us to love and forgive others as Christ has forgiven us. This is impossible for us to do without your help. But praise the Lord, you have made it possible because we have been loved first by you. You have given us the gift of faith, and because of that faith we are filled with the power of the Holy Spirit. Your supernatural love and the power of the Holy Spirit make it possible for us to show Christ- like love to others.
Father, for these things and so much more we offer praise to you today.
Let everything that has breath praise the Lord! Amen