Almighty God, our heavenly Father,

We praise you for your majesty and greatness. We exalt your high and holy name. We thank you for your grace and mercy that you have abundantly poured out upon us through your Son Jesus. We glorify our Savior who willingly laid down his life for us and suffered so cruelly that we might be freed from the penalty of our sins. We thank you for your constant abiding presence through your Holy Spirit who dwells in us and supplies strength and help in the very depths of our souls.

Father, in all our distress we turn to you. In all our troubles we cry out to you. In you, we find shelter from the storms of life. In your presence there is calm and stillness; there is respite from the battering winds of uncertainty, and peace in the midst of life’s relentless anxieties. In you, we have a haven, a refuge of safety from those who would seek to do us harm. You are our fortress against the powers of darkness, our stronghold against the forces of evil, and our sure and steadfast rock in a desert of shifting sand.

Father of mercies and God of all comfort, protect us, as a father defends his children. Embrace us and wrap us in your presence, as a mother cradles and comforts her child. Heal our wounds. Soothe our sorrows. Wipe away our tears. Bring joy and laughter to our hearts. Cast out our fears. Sustain us through our confusion and questioning. Give clarity to our thinking. Grant us confidence and boldness in doing right.

Be our strength when we are weak. In your slowness to anger, be patient with us when we fall. In your covenant love and endless compassion, blot out our transgressions, keep us washed clean in the blood of your Son, and make us as white as snow. Guide us. Make the road clear before us. Show us the way. When the way is darkened by evil or overshadowed by our own doubts and fears, may the brilliance of your glory dispel the darkness and the light of your countenance brighten our path. Let us feel the prodding and correction of your staff and rod. Order our lives according to the truth of your word.

Our hope is in your goodness and righteousness, and not our own. We trust and listen to your voice as our Shepherd. We bow before you and submit to your will as our King. We accept your instruction and your discipline as our Father.

Lord, through the intercession of the Holy Spirit, we ask that you receive our praise, accept our thanks, hear our confessions, and grant our petitions. We ask all of this with bold confidence in the name of our Savior Jesus Christ.