Opening Prayers/Prayers of Adoration on Kingdom of God

Sermon Illustrations on the Kingdom of God

Heavenly Father, blessed Son, eternal Spirit,

We adore you as one Being, one Essence,

one God in three distinct Persons,

for bringing sinners to the knowledge of you and your kingdom.

O Father, you have loved us and sent Jesus to redeem us;

O Jesus, you have loved us and taken on our nature,

You who shed your own own blood to wash away our sins,

Who worked righteousness to cover our unworthiness;

O Holy Spirit, you have loved use and entered our hearts,

implanted there eternal life,

revealed to us the glories of Jesus.

Three Persons and one God, we bless and praise you,

for love so unmerited, so unspeakable, so wondrous,

so mighty to save the lost and raise them to glory.

O Father, we thank you that in fullness of grace

You have given me to Jesus,

to be his sheep, jewel, portion;

O Jesus, we thank you that in fullness of grace

You have accepted, supported, bound us;

O Holy Spirit, we thank you that in fullness of grace

You have exhibited Jesus as our salvation,

implanted faith within us,

subdued our stubborn hearts,

made us one with him forever.

O Father, you are enthroned to hear our prayers,

O Jesus, your hand is outstretched to take our petitions,

O Holy Spirit, you are willing to help our sufferings,

to show us our need, to supply words, to pray within us,

to strengthen us that we do not faint in our supplication.

O Triune God, who commanded the universe,

You have commanded us to ask for those things

that concerns your kingdom and our souls.

Let us live and pray as one baptized into the threefold Name.

Taken from The Valley of Vision: A Collection of Puritan Prayers & Devotions, ed. Arthur Bennett (Carlisle, PA: Banner of Truth, 1975), 3. Language modernized for corporate worship by Stuart Strachan Jr.

Adapted from 1 Chronicles 29:10-13, NIV

Praise be to you, O LORD,

God of our father Israel,

from everlasting to everlasting.

Yours, O LORD, is the greatness and the power

and the glory and the majesty and the splendor,

for everything in heaven and earth is yours.

Yours, O LORD, is the kingdom;

you are exalted as head over all.

Wealth and honor come from you;

you are the ruler of all things.

In your hands are strength and power

to exalt and give strength to all.

Now, our God, we give you thanks,

and praise your glorious name.

(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