“Answer me when I call, O God of my righteousness!” (Psalm 4:1, ESV)
O God of my righteousness, I draw near to you now clothed in the righteousness of your gracious provision through Jesus Christ my Lord. I approach your throne without fear and with great joy only because of him—his shed blood that cleanses me from all unrighteousness, his record of perfect obedience you have credited to my account. You extend to me the scepter of grace admitting me to the favor of your presence, that I might bring my prayers before you. My heart is calmed within me as I come before you, the Judge of all the earth, knowing my status from this time forth and forever is bound up in Jesus, the Righteous One. Father, you are the just and the justifier of those who have faith in Christ. I confess my sins to you. I transgress your holy law in thought, word and deed, through sins committed and righteousness omitted. Yet you are faithful and just to forgive my sins and to cleanse me of all unrighteousness. In Christ, I am clean. As he came before as a lamb unblemished, so I come in him, because of him. O God of my righteousness, hear me as I call.
Righteous Father, I lift up those you have laid on my heart. Expose to them their sin and their sinfulness. Cause their consciences to accuse them before the standard of your holy law. Lift their eyes to your holiness rather than the nobility of others their standard. May your Spirit convict them of sin, righteousness and judgment. Convince them they are poor in spirit, bankrupt of any merit by which they would commend themselves to you. Grant me opportunity to hold up the mirror of your law that I might direct them to the Messiah of your love.
Father of light, you describe Satan as a liar and the father of lies. When he lies, he speaks his native language. Those born into his dominion of darkness share that tongue. Pour out your Spirit on those I am praying for. Grant them a heart of discernment to discriminate between truth and error, good and bad, right and wrong. Let the light of your Word (your Word is truth) direct their steps away from complacency and self-righteousness to Jesus, the light of life.
Grant those who labor for the cause of the gospel a staid confidence in the work of Jesus Christ. Let them press on in the faith for the sake of Christ. Cause them to be steadfast, immovable, always abounding in the work of the Lord, knowing that their labor in him is not in vain. Pour joy in their hearts as they trust in you.
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