Scott Postma

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Let Us Pray

Instead of trying to manipulate the outcome of our situations, may we be ever ready to enter God’s throne room to find grace to help in our times of need.

Almighty and Gracious God, only you are abundant in mercy, never giving injustice, but often graciously refraining from giving us the justice we deserve.

You are the essence of grace, giving gifts like rain and sunshine to the just and the unjust alike.

Yet, Father, we are thine, your children in Christ, and you alone know the extent of our needs. You alone have the power to turn the course of events if need be. Be merciful; be gracious; and break the yoke of your enemies, and show your goodness to the elect in your beloved.

Because of Jesus, you have invited us to pray—even commanded us to boldly enter your throne room—and ask for help in times of need. It is in this manner we pray now.

Merciful Redeemer, restore joy where we are joyless; restore health where we are wounded and weary; Reconcile our relationships where they are estranged; revive our power to forgive as we have been forgiven. Give us this day our daily bread, and lead us not into temptation, but deliver us from evil.

We ask these our petitions in Jesus’s name and for your Kingdom’s sake, that your will be accomplished on earth as it is in Heaven. Amen.

do not be anxious about anything, but in everything by prayer and supplication with thanksgiving let your requests be made known to God. And the peace of God, which surpasses all understanding, will guard your hearts and your minds in Christ Jesus. Finally, brothers, whatever is true, whatever is honorable, whatever is just, whatever is pure, whatever is lovely, whatever is commendable, if there is any excellence, if there is anything worthy of praise, think about these things.” (Philippians 4:6–8, ESV)

Let us then with confidence draw near to the throne of grace, that we may receive mercy and find grace to help in time of need.” (Hebrews 4:16, ESV)

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About Scott Postma

Scott is a writer and teacher living in North Idaho. He loves teaching the Great Books, writing and blogging, and collecting more books than he'll ever read in a lifetime. You can subscribe to the tribe and follow him on Twitter, Facebook, and Google Plus.

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