Heavenly Father, my faith is constantly under attack by the devil who tempts me to doubt Your Word. He wants me to rely upon myself, to follow my own appetites and desires, to indulge myself in selfishness and pride, to do what makes me happy at the expense of others. I confess the weakness of my own sinful nature. I want to do and be all of the things to which Satan tempts me. Nevertheless, through Your Son, You have promised to deliver me from temptation and the evil one. In my baptism You have given me a new heart and a new spirit that trusts in You and loves You above all things. It is the mind of Christ. According to Your promise, rescue me from the devil’s attacks. Deliver me from evil. Strengthen my faith in Christ. Teach me to trust in Him, not because I am strong, but precisely because I am weak and feel my weakness. Cast away my doubts of Your love. Forgive me my sins as You have promised. Create in me a clean heart and restore to me the confident joy of Your salvation, through Christ, my Lord. Amen.
Heavenly Father, I want to hate those who hate me; I want to rise up against those who have injured me in my good name and reputation. All of this is sin and shows what a wretched man I am. It is for the worst wretched sinner like me that you sent Your Son. O Lord, forgive me my sins, restore my faith, and grant me Your grace that I may love my enemies as You love me. Father forgive them and give them true repentance, and grant to me a heart of charity; through Christ, our Lord. Amen.
Heavenly Father, the responsibilities of my life are great. I have a family to care for, and the bills and expenses appear greater than my income. There are things that happen to us each day that threaten our earthly welfare. I confess my own anxiety, worry, and distress over daily bread. Forgive me my sin of misbelief. I have not confidently relied upon Your promises to help and sustain me and my family. Nevertheless, You have commanded us to pray for daily bread and have promised to grant us everything that has to do with the support and needs of our bodies and life. Therefore, heavenly Father, give us what we need according to Your gracious will. Take away the anxiety and distress of not trusting in You. Give us a faith to receive whatever You give to sustain us in this life, whether it be much or little, and to be content. Help us to know that all things come from You and that You will indeed sustain us in the midst of our deepest earthly need, through Christ, our Lord. Amen.
Because there have been many requests for the prayers included in the sermon on May 6, they are posted here.