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                                                                                                                    Opening Prayers/Prayers of Adoration on Sin

Sermon Illustrations on Adoption

Heavenly Father: 

You know all about us – our weakness, our failing, our sin; 

And you still love us enough to give your Son to redeem us. 

Hear the cries of our hearts today. 

There’s someone for whom it was hard to get out of bed today.

They’re tired, discouraged or stressed out. 

It was an effort just to get here. 

Give them hope today:  

a light in the darkness, a whisper in the silence. 

There’s one for whom everything they touch comes apart: 

She’s having a hard time holding the marriage together; 

His project at work is going poorly; 

There’s a divide between him and his son,  

between her and her daughter; 

Everything he touches turns to sawdust; 

And no matter what she does, she can’t get well. 

Come, Lord Jesus, come. 

Come and redeem the relationship.   

Take the lessons learned in failure and build a new life.   

Use the pain to create compassion.   

Create something delightful out of what feels like disaster. 

Restore what the devil has stolen;  

turn what was meant for evil to good.  

We pray on behalf of those who can’t pray for themselves. 

We pray for those afflicted in body or soul, who need your healing.   

Put your hand on them.   

Touch a mind that’s tormented; 

a body that’s ill or injured. a heart that’s broken.   

Restore them all.   

Richard Herman


(Prayer of Adoration)

Lord – Creator, Savior and Sustainer: 

You called our names and we answered. 

When we were lost – You found us. 

When we were sick – You healed us. 

When we were blind – You opened our eyes. 

When we were dead in our sin – You died to give us life. 

That’s why we are here; that’s why we praise You. 

(Prayer of Confession)

Yet too often we overlook all that you’ve done for us. 

We become self-consumed, 

loving ourselves too much,  

others too little and You hardly at all. 

In Your grace and compassion:  

hear the silent confession of our own sins,  

and forgive us, we pray.  (silence) 

Richard Herman