A Holy God, A Holy People: A Pastoral Prayer

Sunday, July 12th

Sermon Text: Exodus 3

Father, we come to you today as your redeemed children, saved by your Son who died for us and took on your wrath so that we can be forgiven (Romans 5:9; John 3:36). We praise you for your salvation and that you see the righteousness of Jesus on us (2 Corinthians 5:21).

God you are holy. There is none holy like the Lord; there is none besides you; there is no rock like our God (1 Samuel 2:2). Who is like you, O Lord, among the gods? Who is like you, majestic in holiness, awesome in glorious deeds, doing wonders (Exodus 15:11)? We worship you, our Lord in the splendor of your holiness; we tremble before you knowing our sinful hearts are exposed to the light of your holiness (Psalm 96:9). Yet we know that we cannot enter into your presence on our own; we come to you because of what Christ has done for us. Thank you Jesus for being our mediator and giving us confident access to the Father (1 Timothy 3:5; Ephesians 3:12).

And just as you are holy, you have called us to be holy in all our conduct (1 Peter 1:16; Leviticus 11:44-47). You have saved us and have called us to a holy calling, not because of our works but because of your own purpose and grace, which you gave us in Christ Jesus before the creation of the world began (2 Timothy 1:9). We have been set free from sin and we are desire to give our lives to you as a holy sacrifice (Romans 6:22; Romans 12:1).

We are a chosen race, a royal priesthood, a holy nation, a people for his own possession, that you may proclaim the excellencies of him who called you out of darkness into his marvelous light (1 Peter 2:9). Because we have these promises, let us cleanse ourselves from every defilement of body and spirit, bringing holiness to completion in the fear of God (2 Corinthians 7:1). Help us Lord not to live in sin, to obey your Word, and to live holy in your sight. We ask you, the God of peace, to sanctify us completely, and may our whole spirit and soul and body be kept blameless at the coming of our Lord Jesus Christ (1 Thessalonians 5:22).

In Your holy name we pray,


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