A Prayer Recognizing
the Sovereignty of God

Lord, please forgive us when we speak too quickly and without proper respect for you. We are unworthy. We should put our hands over our mouths. We sometimes speak rashly about things we do not understand, things too wonderful for us to know. Who are we to talk back to you, O God? Shall what is formed say to him who formed it, "Why did you make me like this?" We are the clay, you are the potter; we are all the work of your hands. Woe to the one who quarrels with his maker, to the one who is but a potsherd among the potsherds on the ground.

You are the Sovereign and Almighty God. We know that you can do all things and that no plans of yours can be thwarted. Is anything too difficult for you? You are the Sovereign Lord who has made the heavens and the earth by your great power. Nothing is too hard for you. You will have mercy on whom you will have mercy, and you will have compassion on whom you will have compassion.

What are we that you are mindful of us? Who are we that you have brought us this far? We despise ourselves and repent in dust and ashes. You, O God, are in heaven, and we are on earth. So help us to guard our steps when we go to the house of God. Help us to learn to listen. May we not be quick with our mouths, or hasty in our hearts to utter anything before you, our God. Let our words be few. Teach us, Lord, and we will be quiet. Show us where we are wrong. O Sovereign Lord, our confidence is in you. Remember us, our Lord; remember us. Through our only Sovereign and Lord we pray, Amen.

(Job 40:4; 42:3; Rom. 9:20; Isa. 64:8; 45:9; Gen. 15:2; 17:1; 2 Sam. 7:28: Job 42:2; Gen. 18;14; Jer. 32:17, 27; Ex. 33:19; Rom. 9:15; Psa. 8:4; 2 Sam. 7:18; Job 42:6; Eccl. 5:1-3; Job 6:24; Psa. 71:5; Judges 16:28; Jude 4).

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