I urge, then, first of all, that petitions, prayers, intercession and thanksgiving be made for all people
Take time to pray for your family, friends, co-workers and neighbors. Pray for your pastor and your church. Pray for our leaders and people in authority and while you’re at it, pray for your enemies as well. Pray that God would protect them and keep them from any evil the enemy has planned. Pray for God to bless and provide for them knowing that all good things come from our Heavenly Father. Humbly come before the Lord with your specific prayers asking God for His will to be done as you intercede for others. Whether your prayers our general or specific, thank God for hearing your prayer and thank Him for His love and mercy for all people. We don’t always know what people are going through but we can be sure that they can always use our prayers and we can be confident that no prayer is ever wasted.
In the morning, Lord, you hear my voice; in the morning I lay my requests before you and wait expectantly.
The most important thing you can do to start your day is to spend time with the Lord in prayer. Thank Him for waking you up and giving you another day of life. Praise the Him for His goodness and His mercy that starts new every morning. Lay your requests and concerns at His feet. Invite Him into every part of your day. Be consistent and diligent with your prayers, always praying with the confidence that God hears you. Make time to pray every morning and ask God to give you the peace and guidance you need to go through your day.
You are the light of the world. A town built on a hill cannot be hidden.
Jesus is the light of the world and you should strive to be Christlike. Your relationship with the Lord is personal but He wants you to shine as a light for the world to see. Your light shines by the way you live your life for Jesus by doing good and being an example of God’s love and mercy to the world.
Trust in the Lord with all your heart and lean not on your own understanding.
Trust in the Lord, not in yourself, not in your own wisdom, understanding or feelings. Not in your education, in your profession or in the world. Trust in God the Father at all times. Trust in His love, grace and mercy. God knows everything from the beginning to the end. He knew you before you were born and He knows the plans He has for your future. Trust in the Lord with all your heart, surrender to His will, obey His commands and know that He loves you with an everlasting love. Trust in the Word of God to guide and direct you and in His promises for He is faithful. We may not have the answers but we know the One who does. Jesus is the answer.
This is the day the Lord has made; we will rejoice and be glad in it.
If you’re reading this, it means God woke you up this morning and you have another day to praise and glorify God. Rejoice and be glad in it because you have received God’s grace and mercy and the free gift of salvation through Jesus Christ. You are the salt of the Earth go out into the world and spice things up with love, compassion and kindness. Let your light shine so that others can see Jesus in you. Each day is a precious gift from God and you should make the most of it. Rejoice, be happy, be kind and be open to new opportunities to be blessed and to be a blessing to others.
Have mercy on me, my God, have mercy on me, for in you I take refuge. I will take refuge in the shadow of your wings until the disaster has passed.
It’s easy to profess your faith when everything is going well. The greatest acts of faith are proven when you trust in God when things go wrong, when things are out of your own control. By faith and prayer, you can take your troubles to the throne for God’s mercy and protection. There will be times when God delivers you from the storm and there will be times when He allows you to go through the storm so that when it’s over you come out stronger than before. If you find yourself going through a storm, take refuge in the shadow of His wings and remember that He will always be with you and He will see you through it.
I will consider all your works and meditate on all your mighty deeds.
Make time to meditate and reflect on all the mighty deeds the Lord your God has done for you and give Him all the glory. Meditate on things that are true, noble, just, pure, lovely, good, virtuous and praiseworthy. (Philippians 4:8) This is especially helpful when your current circumstances are challenging. Thinking about the ways God has been merciful to you in the past will give you comfort and peace as he brings you through your present situation.
Worship the Lord with gladness; come before him with joyful songs.
God is good and giving Him grateful praise through songs is a beautiful way to worship Him during your prayer time. Come before the Lord’s presence with singing and let your spirit praise Him with gladness and freedom singing psalms, hymns and spiritual songs with thankfulness for His love and mercy. When you come before the Lord singing joyful songs not only does it please God but it also refreshes your own soul. It doesn’t matter how well you sing; what matters is that it comes from your heart.
Devote yourselves to prayer, being watchful and thankful.
One way to build your relationship with God is to spend time with Him in prayer. It’s the most personal way to experience God but often we forget, are too busy, lack spiritual discipline or are just too lazy to pray, but prayer is too important to neglect. Prayer doesn’t have to be formal. I encourage you to pray throughout your day but I also encourage you to dedicate a specific time each day to talk with the Lord and to listen to what He has to say. Come to Him with praise and thanksgiving, confess your sins and bring your requests to Him. Pray about anything and everything for nothing is too big or too small for God. Praise Him for all that He is and thank Him for his love and mercy and for the gift of salvation.
I will declare that your love stands firm forever, that you have established your faithfulness in heaven itself.
Though life may disappoint and try us, we can be assured that God honors and fulfills His promises. We can trust and rely on God’s faithfulness which has been established in heaven and stands firm forever. During the hardest trials, our faith in God’s love and mercy will always bring us peace and comfort. Our hope and confidence in God lies in His faithfulness because His Word is true and trustworthy forever and ever. Even if we are faithless, God remains faithful. (2 Timothy 2:13)