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A Prayer of Thanksgiving for the Promises of God

August 27, 2010

Our loving heavenly Father, to whom all thoughts are known and all our hearts open to love, grant your people peace, forgiveness, faith, hope and love. Now our hearts remember your Fatherly care, especially that you have made promises on which we can rely, promises which gladden our hearts and give us a hopeful and secure future.

Especially are we mindful that if we confess our sins, you are faithful and just to forgive us our sins and to cleanse us from all unrighteousness. Therefore we glorify you for your faithful promise to forgive us, and we do humbly confess our sins, glad in our hearts to be free from guilt and shame. When our hearts are wavering, when we doubt your love and your promise to forgive us, reassure us by the Holy Spirit in us that you are true to yourself.

 Lord, call to mind the many verses of the Bible by which you have reminded your wavering people in the past that though our sins be as scarlet, you will wash them white as snow. Lord Jesus, we hear your words to the woman whose tears fell on your feet, when you said to her, “Your sins are forgiven.” We remember that religious men objected, saying, “Who is this man who forgives sins? For only God can forgive.”

Therefore, Jesus of Nazareth, we believe that you are divine, the Son of God, sent from heaven to forgive our sins. Indeed, you are the Lamb of God who takes away the sins of the world. Our hearts are gladdened when we think of other promises you have made to us, your children. We hear Jesus Christ say that you are a heavenly Father who knows our needs (Matthew 6:8), and so it is true that our future is in your good hands.

When we stand upon the Rock, who is Jesus Christ, we are able to live in the promises of God!

Even if our future is Gethsemane, as it was for Jesus your Son, we can say “not my will but thine.” So sure is your love for us that we can ask as Paul asked in the book of Romans, “What can separate us from the love of Christ? Can trouble or hardship? Danger or sword? No, in all these things we are more than conquerors through Him who loved us.” Our reliance on your love and your assurance, God, in our time of trouble, in our confusion, in our hurts and our distress, is because you are strong; our peace is because you are wise and good; our faith is because you are victorious.

Therefore neither death nor life, nor angels or demons, neither the present nor the future, nor any powers, neither height nor depth, nor anything else in all creation will be able to separate us from the love of God that is in Christ Jesus our Lord.

 Our hearts are gladdened still more when we think of your promise to govern the universe by the laws of science. For according to the Psalm you did create the heavens and the waters and all things, and established them forever by a changeless decree (148:6). By thinking on this promise believers such as Isaac Newton have applied their minds to discover the laws of the universe. In our own time scientists have discovered the genetic code, others have developed antibiotics that have saved the lives of nearly every one of us.

 So Father, for your promises to love us and to forgive us, for your assurance that nothing can separate us from your love, and for the changeless laws of the universe, by which we can discover truth and magnify your name, we do give you thanks and we worship you. Truly no eye hath seen nor ear heard of a God like this who keeps his promises to mortals and sinners.  We hail the power of the name of Jesus and crown Him with many crowns. Amen.

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