I have been updating my Daily Prayer from my previous website and included a few lines about our identity in Christ and Kingdom Living.
In the name of the Father and of the Son and of the Holy Spirit.[i]
For the LORD is the God of gods and Lord of lords. He is the great God, the mighty and awesome God, who shows no partiality and cannot be bribed.[ii] Who among the gods is like you, LORD? Who is like you– majestic in holiness, awesome in glory, working wonders?[iii] For although there may be so-called gods in heaven or on earth—as indeed there are many gods and many lords— yet for us there is one God, the Father, from whom are all things and for whom we exist, and one Lord, Jesus Christ, through whom are all things and through whom we exist.[iv]
The Son, Jesus Christ the righteous, is life for he is the light of humanity.[v] The light that shines in the darkness, and the darkness has not overcome it.[vi] By dying he destroyed death[vii] and led captivity captive.[viii] For he has ascended and is seated at the right hand of the Father where he prays and intercedes for us.[ix]
From your sapphire throne,[x] have mercy upon your human assembly of Holy Ones, from your sapphire throne, forgive us our sins.
Most merciful God, we confess that we have sinned against you in thought, word, and deed, by what we have done, and by what we have left undone. We have not loved you with our whole hearts; we have not loved our neighbours as ourselves. We are truly sorry and we earnestly repent. For the sake of your Son Jesus Christ, have mercy upon us and forgive us; that we may delight in your will, and walk in your ways, to the glory of your Name.[xi]
From Zion, the garden and Mountain of God,[xii] the mountain of your assembly, hear our cry.
Let us not be like the nations that stirred you to jealousy with their strange gods; for with their abominations they have provoked you to anger.[xiii] They exchanged the truth about God for a lie and worshiped and served the creature rather than the Creator, who is blessed forever![xiv]
For you LORD have taken your place in the divine council; in the midst of the gods you have held judgment. For you said, “You are gods, sons of the Most High, all of you; nevertheless, like men you shall die, and fall like any prince.” In the Resurrection O LORD, you have judged the earth; for you shall inherit all the nations![xv]
The LORD rebuke you Watchers who lead the nations into sin.
The LORD rebuke you Watchers who lead the nations into sin.
The LORD rebuke you Watchers who lead the nations into sin.[xvi]
I believe in God, the Father Almighty, maker of heaven and earth. And in Jesus Christ, His only Son, our Lord, who was conceived by the Holy Spirit, born of the virgin Mary, suffered under Pontius Pilate, was crucified, died and was buried. He descended into hell. The third day He rose again from the dead. He ascended into heaven and sits at the right hand of God the Father Almighty. From thence He will come to judge the living and the dead. I believe in the Holy Spirit, the holy Christian Church, the communion of saints, the forgiveness of sins, the resurrection of the body, and the life everlasting.[xvii]
For your Spirit O LORD joins with our spirit to affirm that we are your children. And since we are your children, we are your heirs. Remind us that together with Christ we are heirs of your glory. But if we are to share his glory, we must also share his suffering.[xviii] We are reminded that many are the afflictions of the righteous, but the Lord delivers him out of them all.[xix] We know that suffering produces endurance, and endurance produces character, and character produces hope.[xx] For what we suffer now is nothing compared to the glory that will be revealed to us later.[xxi] We wait with eager hope for the day when you will give us our full rights as your adopted children, including the new bodies you have promised us.[xxii] We know that you make us more and more like Christ as we are changed into his glorious image.[xxiii]
Let us keep our eyes on Jesus, the champion who initiates and perfects our faith. Because of the joy awaiting him, he endured the cross, disregarding its shame. Now he is seated in the place of honour beside your throne.[xxiv]
For I will say of the LORD, “He is my refuge and my fortress; my God, in whom I trust.” For he will deliver me from the snare of the fowler, and from the deadly pestilence. He will cover me with his feathers. Under his wings will I take refuge. His faithfulness is my shield and my rampart. I shall not be afraid of the terror by night, nor of the arrow that flies by day; nor of the pestilence that walks in darkness, nor of the destruction that wastes at noonday. For he will put his angels in charge of me, to guard me in all my ways.[xxv]
For we do not wrestle against flesh and blood, but against the rulers, against the authorities, against the cosmic powers over this present darkness, against the spiritual forces of evil in the heavenly places.[xxvi] For Christ has disarmed the spiritual rulers and authorities. He shamed them publicly by his victory over them on the cross.[xxvii]
Our Father in heaven, hallowed be your name, your kingdom come, your will be done, on earth as in heaven. Give us today our daily bread. Forgive us our sins as we forgive those who sin against us. Lead us not into temptation but deliver us from evil. For the kingdom, the power, and the glory are yours now and for ever.[xxviii]
Make us O Holy Trinity to be your Image Bearers, members of your family within the Divine Council. May we like those unseen Image Bearers advance your Kingdom releasing those who are in bondage and held captive to the hostile powers. May we be willing to take up our crosses to advance your Kingdom to the glory of your name.
Today we pledge our ultimate allegiance to the Kingdom of God. As for me and my household, we will serve the LORD.[xxix]
[i] Matthew 28:19
[ii] Deuteronomy 10:17
[iii] Exodus 15:11
[iv] 1 Corinthians 8:5-6
[v] John 1:4
[vi] John 1:5
[vii] Memorial Acclamation, Roman Missal; 1 Corinthians 15:26
[viii] Ephesians 4:8
[ix] Romans 8:34
[x] Ezekiel 10:1
[xi] Penitential Order I, Book of Common Prayer
[xii] Ezekiel 28:14
[xiii] Deuteronomy 32:21
[xiv] Romans 1:25
[xv] Psalm 82
[xvi] Jude 1:9
[xvii] The Apostles Creed, Lutheran Service Book, Lutheran Church–Missouri Synod (LCMS).
[xviii] Romans 8:16-17
[xix] Psalm 34:19
[xx] Romans 5:3-4
[xxi] Romans 8:18
[xxii] Romans 8:23
[xxiii] 2 Corinthians 3:18
[xxiv] Hebrews 12:2
[xxv] Psalm 91
[xxvi] Ephesians 6:12
[xxvii] Colossians 2:15
[xxix] Matthew 6:9-13
[xxxii] Joshua 24:15