Elder's Prayer - March 8, 2020
Please find below the notes from the Elder's Prayer this past Sunday
Let’s continue to Praise the Lord as we consider His word and pray to Him.
Before I pray, I’m going to read Psalm 90, a prayer of Moses. It will shape my prayer afterwards.
A Prayer of Moses, the man of God.
 Lord, you have been our dwelling place
in all generations.
 Before the mountains were brought forth,
or ever you had formed the earth and the world,
from everlasting to everlasting you are God.
 You return man to dust
and say, “Return, O children of man!”
 For a thousand years in your sight
are but as yesterday when it is past,
or as a watch in the night.
 You sweep them away as with a flood; they are like a dream,
like grass that is renewed in the morning:
 in the morning it flourishes and is renewed;
in the evening it fades and withers.
 For we are brought to an end by your anger;
by your wrath we are dismayed.
 You have set our iniquities before you,
our secret sins in the light of your presence.
 For all our days pass away under your wrath;
we bring our years to an end like a sigh.
 The years of our life are seventy,
or even by reason of strength eighty;
yet their span is but toil and trouble;
hey are soon gone, and we fly away.
 Who considers the power of your anger,
and your wrath according to the fear of you?
 So teach us to number our days
that we may get a heart of wisdom.
 Return, O LORD! How long?
Have pity on your servants!
 Satisfy us in the morning with your steadfast love,
that we may rejoice and be glad all our days.
 Make us glad for as many days as you have afflicted us,
and for as many years as we have seen evil.
 Let your work be shown to your servants,
and your glorious power to their children.
 Let the favor of the Lord our God be upon us,
and establish the work of our hands upon us;
yes, establish the work of our hands! (ESV)
Because of your word, we are reminded and comforted by your eternality – from everlasting to everlasting, you are God. You do not change. You do not compromise. You do not evolve. You are everlastingly steadfast and faithful. You are settled in your heavenly home while we are exiles or pilgrims simply passing through this world with our hope in the next world. This world offers only shadows of stability while you are our unfailing rock and refuge.
Your time is defined as you ordain it. Our time is limited, unknown, uncertain and our time is borrowed. You are eternal, we are like the vanishing morning dew. We are brief – you are perpetual. You are strong and just. We are weak and sinful. You are salvation, we are helpless without a redeemer. You are light. We are born in darkness and remain strangely attracted to the darkness of this world. We even try foolishly try to hide our sinful desire in the dark as if you can somehow be tricked. You are gracious. We are needy. Humble us with these great truths of you and our needy reality.
Nonetheless, we have hope. Teach us, Lord, to number our days that we may present to you a heart of wisdom. Help us to redeem the brief time we have to be make the most of it for your Glory and not our comforts. Remove our hearts of stone and renew our hearts to desire things of God instead of things of this world. Make our hearts yearn for your return instead of yearning for earthly pleasures that will neither last nor satisfy. Shape our hearts to be satisfied with your steadfast love, rejoice and be glad all our days despite the challenges and disappointments that fill or mark our days. Make us more aware of your grace, kindness and involvement in our daily lives. May we reflect your beauty, as we endeavor to be faithful servants in this broken world and find our satisfaction and confidence in you alone.