Pastoral Prayer of Gratefulness

Oh gracious, merciful, and sovereign God, we are so very humbled to think that you delight in us. It is hard for us to believe because we see our sin and know our unrighteousness. We are drawn away by pride and our hearts are filled with anger. We look for satisfaction and contentment in created things rather than in You—our Creator. God, we need to be reminded how you see us in Christ. We need fresh eyes to see all that we have been given in Him.

I’m reminded of the Apostle Paul’s prayer of thanksgiving for the Corinthian church, in spite of their division and dysfunction. And so Father, on behalf of my brothers and sisters, I want to thank you for…

1 Corinthians 1:4-9

…the grace that was given to us in Christ Jesus, [5] that in every way we have been enriched in him in all speech and all knowledge—[6] even as the testimony about Christ has been confirmed among us—[7] so that we are not lacking in any gift, as we wait for the revealing of our Lord Jesus Christ, [8] who will sustain each and every believer here to the end, guiltless in the day of our Lord Jesus Christ. (And so we offer you unending praise and thanksgiving, oh triune God, for you are) [9] faithful, and you have called us into the fellowship of Your Son, Jesus Christ our Lord.

So…

Blessed Father, hear our cry.
Cast out sin, but draw us nigh.
Not for merit—we have none—
For Your mercy, for Your Son.

Blessed Jesus, make our plea.
In Your name to God we flee;
Through Your blood we seek His face;
By Your priesthood claim His grace.

Blessed Spirit, meet our need;
In our silence intercede.
Translate groans we cannot speak,
Heal the broken, help the weak.

Triune God, please grant our prayer
As Your glory we declare.
May Your promised kingdom come;
May Your will on earth be done.

(A Triune Prayer by Chris Anderson)

Amen