We haven’t done this in a while, and we want to come off of the start line well. It seems a little strange to just come and start asking for stuff (though we are very needy right now). It seems better to open our first night in prayer together simply adoring the Lord for who He is. Simply praising Him through what Psalm 96 calls “ascribing.” It says, "Ascribe to the Lord glory and strength, the glory due His name.”
1Sing to the Lord a new song;
Sing to the Lord, all the earth.
2Sing to the Lord, bless His name;
Proclaim good tidings of His salvation from day to day.
3Tell of His glory among the nations,
His wonderful deeds among all the peoples.
4For great is the Lord and greatly to be praised;
He is to be feared above all gods.
5For all the gods of the peoples are idols,
But the Lord made the heavens.
6Splendor and majesty are before Him,
Strength and beauty are in His sanctuary.
7 Ascribe to the Lord, O families of the peoples,
Ascribe to the Lord glory and strength.
8 Ascribe to the Lord the glory of His name;
Bring an offering and come into His courts.
9Worship the Lord in holy attire;
Tremble before Him, all the earth.
10Say among the nations, “The Lord reigns;
Indeed, the world is firmly established, it will not be moved;
He will judge the peoples with equity.”
11Let the heavens be glad, and let the earth rejoice;
Let the sea roar, and all it contains;
12Let the field exult, and all that is in it.
Then all the trees of the forest will sing for joy
13Before the Lord, for He is coming,
For He is coming to judge the earth.
He will judge the world in righteousness
And the peoples in His faithfulness.
Below you will find an image from Tim Challies that outlines several of what theologians refer to as the “attributes of God.” I suggest that you spend some time ascribing these attributes to the Lord, praising Him for who He is, and reflecting on ways you have seen these attributes on display.
In our prayer gathering, we will be doing this by call and response. It will look like this:
Person A: Lord, you are __(insert attribute here)__.
Person B: Yes, and we praise you for your __(attribute)__, because ___(display example)___.