Restoration, Refreshment, and Renewal

Restore to me the joy of your salvation and uphold me with a willing spiritPs. 51:12

You have made known to me the path of life; you will fill me with joy in your presence, with eternal pleasures at your right hand. Prov. 16:11

These things I have spoken to you, that my joy may be in you, and that your joy may be fullJohn 15:11

Lord Jesus, knowing you is a personal but not a private affair. We may come before you alone, but we can’t remain alone. As soon as we bring our longings and needs before you, you enlarge our hearts and expand our gaze. We remember others. Such is the way of the gospel. Grace comes to us that it might run through us.

Today as we come, we bring faces and names precious to us. Everybody needs what you alone can give, Jesus—new mercies, fresh grace and renewed joy. We all have stories of failure and fear, burdens and weakness, brokenness and stuck-ness, heartache and longings. The details of our stories differ, but our need for the gospel is the same. Thankfully, you welcome us with kindness, tenderness, and copious grace.

So, we ask with confidence and expectancy, restore to us the joy of our salvation, Jesus. Bring us back to the joyful, childlike love we experienced when we first met you (Rev. 2:4)—a love fueled by the undeserved, unparalleled, unwavering love you have for us (1 John 4:19). May your Spirit renew, refresh, and release our hearts.

For your joy is our strength, Jesus—strength for being weak and honest about our condition; strength for repenting, hoping, and waiting upon you. Above all, strength for adoring you, for you alone are worthy of our affection and worship.

The only sacrifice we cling to is yours, Jesus—your “It is finished” work on our behalf.  We come to you grateful, humble, and expectant. So very Amen we pray, in your most holy and loving name.