Note: The prayers are prayers by Charles Spurgeon, I have collated the order of worship.
Call to Worship
Receive God’s gracious call to worship.
Therefore, brethren, having boldness to enter the Holiest by the blood of Jesus, by a new and living way which He consecrated for us, through the veil, that is, His flesh, and having a High Priest over the house of God, let us draw near with a true heart in full assurance of faith, having our hearts sprinkled from an evil conscience and our bodies washed with pure water. (Hebrews 10:19–22)
Offer this praise to God:
O Lord, the God of Your people, those whom You have chosen, and called, and redeemed, and saved, must and will bless Your holy Name. Surely, if we were to refuse Your praises, our silence would be sinful in the highest degree. We would praise You, O blessed God, not only with our hearts but with our voices. Blessed be the day in which You did bring us to accept You as our portion, and our heritage, for now we find in You a possession ample and wide. There is no limit to Your goodness, Your riches are unsearchable. You have all good things within the compass of Yourself, and You have given Yourself to us according to Your word, “I will be their God, and they shall be My people.” We bless the Lord that our heritage is never exhausted. The world has its winter, but You have none. Even the world’s sun hath its wintry times, and we see but little above the horizon, but You are ever a summer’s sun into Your people, without variableness or shadow cast by turning.
Hear God’s perfect requirements.
Owe no one anything except to love one another, for he who loves another has fulfilled the law. For the commandments, “You shall not commit adultery,” “You shall not murder,” “You shall not steal,” “You shall not bear false witness,” “You shall not covet,” and if there is any other commandment, are all summed up in this saying, namely, “You shall love your neighbor as yourself.” Love does no harm to a neighbor; therefore love is the fulfillment of the law. (Romans 13:8–10)
Confession of Sin
Confess and repent of sins before God.
Lord, we would come with our confessions, for as often as we adore we feel how fitly we might cover our faces. The angels have six wings, but we have none. We cannot cover our faces with wings, but we bless Your name, we have something better than angelic wings; we have the blood and righteousness of Jesus Christ, and with these we cover our faces; with these we cover our feet; and with these we fly out to You now in rapture and adoring love. You have brought us very near You, despite our sin; and as for our sin, You have cast it as far from us as from Yourself, as east is from west. have You not said, “I will cast all their sins behind My back”? And You have done it. Even to as many as have looked to the wounds of Jesus You have given personal cleansing, and we are clean every whit through the water and the blood; and we need not be ashamed to stand even before Your presence, O thrice Holy One, for we have washed our robes and made them white in the blood of the Lamb.
Assurance of Pardon
Hear the promise of grace:
For as the heavens are high above the earth, So great is His mercy toward those who fear Him; As far as the east is from the west, So far has He removed our transgressions from us. As a father pities his children, So the Lord pities those who fear Him. For He knows our frame; He remembers that we are dust. (Psalm 103:11–14)
Offer this praise to God:
Meet and right it is to sing
In every time and place,
Glory to our heavenly King,
The God of truth and grace.
Testify what you believe of Christian truth:
We believe in one God,
the Father almighty,
maker of heaven and earth,
of all things visible and invisible.
And in one Lord Jesus Christ,
the only Son of God,
begotten from the Father before all ages,
God from God,
Light from Light,
true God from true God,
begotten, not made;
of the same essence as the Father.
Through him all things were made.
For us and for our salvation
he came down from heaven;
he became incarnate by the Holy Spirit and the virgin Mary,
and was made human.
He was crucified for us under Pontius Pilate;
he suffered and was buried.
The third day he rose again, according to the Scriptures.
He ascended to heaven
and is seated at the right hand of the Father.
He will come again with glory
to judge the living and the dead.
His kingdom will never end.
And we believe in the Holy Spirit,
the Lord, the giver of life.
He proceeds from the Father and the Son,
and with the Father and the Son is worshiped and glorified.
He spoke through the prophets.
We believe in one holy catholic and apostolic church.
We affirm one baptism for the forgiveness of sins.
We look forward to the resurrection of the dead,
and to life in the world to come. Amen.
Learn from Spurgeon’s catechism.
4. What is God?
God is Spirit (Jhn 4:24), infinite (Job 11:7), eternal (Psa 90:2; 1Ti 1:17), and unchangeable (Jam 1:17) in his being (Exd 3:14), wisdom, power (Psa 147:5), holiness (Rev 4:8), justice, goodness and truth (Exd 34:6-7).
5. Are there more Gods than one?
There is but one only (Deu 6:4), the living and true God (Jer 10:10).
6. How many persons are there in the Godhead?
There are three persons in the Godhead, the Father, the Son, and the Holy Spirit, and these three are one God, the same in essence, equal in power and glory (1Jo 5:7; Mat 28:19).
Prayer for Illumination
Ask for spiritual understanding before reading God’s Word:
Oh! help Your people to come to Jesus again today. May we be looking unto Him today as we did at the first. May we never take off our eyes from His Divine person, from His infinite merit, from His finished work, from His living power, or from the expectancy of His speedy coming to “judge the world in righteousness and the people with His truth.”
Bless all Your people with some special gift, and if we might make a choice of one it would be this: “Quicken us, O Lord, according to Your Word.”
We have life; give it to us more, abundantly. Oh, that we might have so much life that out of the midst of us there might flow rivers of living water.
Read Scripture with dependence and a desire to obey.
Day 2: Isaiah 40:27-31 (Strength in God’s Promises)
Prayer of Intercession
Make your requests with thanksgiving, and pray this prayer.
Our Father, we have many petitions to put up to You this morning. We pray You hear them. We are sometimes afraid that we Your people are growing cold in heart. You have brought summer weather upon our bodies, and You make the whole earth to rejoice in the light of the sun; but how often is there winter within while there is summer without. We are afraid that too often we come up to the house of prayer without prayer, and go away from it, in consequence without a blessing. How little heart is there in our praise! How little true earnestness in our prayers!
Close with the blessing of God.
Now may the God of peace Himself sanctify you completely; and may your whole spirit, soul, and body be preserved blameless at the coming of our Lord Jesus Christ. (1 Thess. 5:23 )