Daily Reading and Prayer: Sunday, July 12

Daily Reading and Prayer from the Sunday Worship Service

Joshua 1:1-9

Joshua Installed as Leader

1 After the death of Moses the servant of the Lord, the Lord said to Joshua son of Nun, Moses’ aide: 2 “Moses my servant is dead. Now then, you and all these people, get ready to cross the Jordan River into the land I am about to give to them—to the Israelites. 3 I will give you every place where you set your foot, as I promised Moses. 4 Your territory will extend from the desert to Lebanon, and from the great river, the Euphrates—all the Hittite country—to the Mediterranean Sea in the west. 5 No one will be able to stand against you all the days of your life. As I was with Moses, so I will be with you; I will never leave you nor forsake you. 6 Be strong and courageous, because you will lead these people to inherit the land I swore to their ancestors to give them.

7 “Be strong and very courageous. Be careful to obey all the law my servant Moses gave you; do not turn from it to the right or to the left, that you may be successful wherever you go. 8 Keep this Book of the Law always on your lips; meditate on it day and night, so that you may be careful to do everything written in it. Then you will be prosperous and successful. 9 Have I not commanded you? Be strong and courageous. Do not be afraid; do not be discouraged, for the Lord your God will be with you wherever you go.”

Prayer:

Holy, merciful, Father. You are the Alpha and the Omega – the beginning and the end. You are our rock. In times of trouble and uncertainty, we are reminded in your Word that you are our anchor. May we be ever mindful of this hope, and may this encourage each of us to open your Word, and to trust your commands.

Lord, we thank you for our nation and we pray for our leaders. May those in government, health care, businesses, education and other sectors hear your voice and listen to you.

We were reminded this week that the situation regarding Covid 19 can change daily, and we continue to pray for our health care and front line workers, and for Dr. Morrison and for Premier King. May you guide their decisions in the days and weeks to come.

Lord, we pray for the farmers who work so faithfully to ensure that we are supplied with our food. We thank you for the rain that we have received and we pray that you would continue to give what is needed so that the crops can grow and bring a bountiful harvest. We thank you for the work of all those involved in the Canadian Foodgrains Bank, who work so diligently to address food insecurity around the world. Bless their labour, Lord.

We thank you for our staff at Zion Presbyterian Church. Their faithfulness and dedication to the kingdom work that you have called them to do is such a blessing to our congregation. May you strengthen and sustain them in this time of uncertainty.

Father, we pray for those in our church who need you in a special way. May you provide healing to the sick, and comfort to those who mourn. Thank you for birthdays and the opportunity to name and celebrate your faithfulness.

Lord, we confess our sins to you, grateful that we have forgiveness because of the blood of Jesus Christ. May we go forward this week refreshed and renewed by your Word. We ask that you lead and guide us as we seek to bring glory to you in the week ahead.

We conclude this prayer by lifting our voices together to you as we recite the Lord’s Prayer:

Our Father, who art in heaven, hallowed be Thy name
Thy kingdom come, Thy will be done,
on earth as it is in heaven.
Give us this day our daily bread
And forgive us our debts, as we forgive our debtors.
And lead us not into temptation,
but deliver us from evil.
For Thine is the kingdom, and the power,
and the glory, for ever and ever, Amen.