Opening Prayers/Prayers of Adoration on God’s Sovereignty

Sermon Illustrations on God's Sovereignty

Good and Gracious Lord,  

You hold us in the palm of Your strong hand, 

working all things for our good and to Your glory. 

There is no place we can go  

that escapes your notice  

and is hidden from your loving attention. 

We are amazed by your power  

and in awe of Your grace: 

Your take what’s inadvertently or intentionally evil 

and bend it to Your will and ways. 

(Prayer of Confession)

We cover our sin. 

Thinking we can hide from You. 

we run, afraid you’ll find us out; 

afraid that if you – or others – really knew us 

no-one would love us. 

We try to run our own lives, 

and the lives of others, 

attempting to be our own gods. 

We love you too little, 

we love others hardly at all,  

and we love ourselves too much. 

Hear our silent confession 

and our whispers as we name our sin before You; 

and, we pray, forgive us! 

(Silence … 30-45 seconds) 

Richard Herman

(Prayer of Adoration)

Lord of yesterday, today and tomorrow: 

You alone rule the universe;  

setting times and seasons according to Your will. 

While nations and king come and go,  

You, only, are King of kings and Lord of lords;  

immortal and all-knowing,  

never lacking power and wisdom. 

You are strong; and you are good!  

Therefore, we joyously and reverently call you God and King. 

(Prayer of Confession)

Yet, in spite of all we know of You –  

we are stubborn and rebellious still. 

We think ourselves wise – disregarding Your truth. 

We think ourselves strong – using violence to force our will. 

We think ourselves right –writing-off others and refusing to  

learn from them. 

We think ourselves good – ignoring our corruption and evil; 

pointing fingers and wagging tongues at others.  

Forgive our arrogance minds, self-centeredness hearts  

and ungracious spirits. 

Take away our hearts of stone; 

replace them with hearts of flesh, 

hearts that best after Your own heart. 

In silent moments, hear us confess what we’re too ashamed to name aloud – forgive and free us, Lord:  (Silence) 

 Richard Herman

(Prayer of Adoration)

Lord—you’re sufficient in everything.   

You can create without us; save without our assistance;  

bring good out of evil, hope from despair and restore what  

we mess up.  You’re sovereign and we’re not. 

Yet, and this boggles my mind –  

You invite us to join with You as partners in Your work!  You first make us joint heirs with Jesus  

and then co-laborers in Your kingdom.   

Imagine that – we’re privileged to make a difference  

in Your world, in your church  

and in the lives of people you love so much  

you gave your Son for them.   

It can’t get much better than that!   …  

(Prayer of Confession) 

But, Father – we confess we’re not satisfied.   

You invite us to serve you and to serve with you – 

and we want to be served by you and others.   

You honor us as your children – calling us by name in love;  

and we use your name flippantly and loosely.   

You empower us to be your followers –  

but we use power for ourselves, pushing You aside.   

You give us your wisdom in Scripture and by Your Spirit –  

and we think we know better  

how to run our lives and your world.  

Forgive us!   Forgive our foolish arrogance and pride. 

Forgive us for taking your gifts intended for others  

and using them for ourselves. 

Forgive us for forgetting who we are  

and whose we are as Christian people.  

Forgive the selfishness of our hearts  

and the selfishness of our actions. 

Forgive it all, and more – and make us more like Jesus  

in our thinking, our feeling, our speaking and in our acting.   

Please, Lord Jesus; in whose name we pray—AMEN.  

(Assurance of Pardon)

As the apostle announced – The mystery of godliness of great: The Son of God appeared in a body, was vindicated by the Spirit, seen by angels, preached among the nations, believed on in the world and taken up into glory—all for our salvation.  For this is a trustworthy saying worthy of full acceptance: Jesus Christ came into the world to save sinners, like you & me.  Dear Friends – because that’s true: by His grace active through your faith in Jesus Christ as Lord & Savior, I declare w/ confidence you’re forgiven and free of all your sins.  Alleluia!  Amen.

Richard Herman

(Prayer of Adoration)

Gracious God – our Father: 

Sufficient and sovereign, yet, compassionate and kind; 

You tell us the truth while the world lies to us; 

You give us light and hope,  

while all around us cast darkness and despair. 

When we mess up our lives – you give us a new one. 

When we lose our way – You find us and guide us home. 

When we are cast out – You call us by name and take us in. 

It’s no wonder we praise You. 

It’s no wonder we love You. 

(Prayer of Confession)

Yet sometimes we seek to steal Your glory, 

to love ourselves and ignore You.  

Forgive us – and in the quiet hear our heart’s confession 

Of how we hurt others and dishonor You.  (silence … ) 

Richard Herman