On Sunday, July 12, 2020, Gabe Bowman prayed a Prayer of Praise and Matthew Williams preached the message, “Exchanging Presumption for Providence″ as part of our interim sermon series A Faith that Works. For the projection slides from this message, click here. To listen to this message again, click here.
Prayer of Praise:
Heavenly Father, we are grateful to gather here again this morning. We are eagerly expectant of what you have planned for us. We recognize your sovereignty and worship you for it today. We know that you are in control of all that is happening around us. None of the trials that we are faced with are unknown to you. You have the ability to change our circumstances, but love us enough to guide us through them, not just remove them. You use all things to cause good for us and bring glory to yourself. You have shown us your faithfulness again and again, And we can trust that you will sovereignly show your power again by causing even these new trails to turn hearts and lives to yourself. We thank you for calling us to yourself and inviting us to proclaim your glory.
As you told us in scripture of the “immeasurable greatness of his power toward us who believe, according to the working of his great might that he worked in Christ when he raised him from the dead and seated him at his right hand in the heavenly places, far above all rule and authority and power and dominion, and above every name that is named, not only in this age but also in the one to come. And he put all things under his feet and gave him as head over all things to the church, which is his body, the fullness of him who fills all in all.”
Help us to see your glory more clearly and bring praise and honor to you today. You alone are worthy and we love you. We trust in your goodness and love for us and know that you have not been not will be overwhelmed by our circumstances. Lord we pray you are honored by our songs and prayers this morning. God we recognize that we are small and you are great. We are weak, you are strong. We are fail, you prevail. We cannot control even the smallest things sometimes, but you Lord control everything. Sovereign God, be glorified today. Amen
- When things you had planned for the future fall through, how do you respond?
- How does thinking of yourself as a “mist that vanishes” help you have a right perspective on who is in control of your life?
- In what situations do you confine God to the finite borders of your understanding?
- Do you think that because you aren’t in control, no one is?
- When good plans come to fruition, do you thank God?