Psalm 16:5-11, Titus 2:1-5
Reflections of the Heart:
Our elders have seen things we couldn’t even imagine and survived things we could never comprehend facing. They are filled with wisdom and experience that our society needs. Take some time to pray for the senior adults in your life. Let us not forget them.
Gracious Father, we thank You for our senior adults. Thank You for blessing each day of their lives. Thank You for blessing them with wisdom and knowledge. Loving Father, we praise Your Name because You are good. We celebrate Your lovely Name with music. We know Your greatness and that You, our Lord, are greater than any other god. Your Name, O Lord, endures forever; Your fame is known to every generation. You are righteous in everything that You do; You are filled with kindness.
Eternal Father, we confess that the older men in the Body of Christ exercise self-control, are worthy of respect and live wisely. They have strong faith and are filled with love and patience. We declare that our senior women are honorable and righteous. They teach others what is good and train the younger women in the Body of Christ to love their husbands and their children, to live wisely and be pure, to work in their homes, to do good, and to honor their husbands. We decree that our senior men are models of God’s strength and faithfulness and they teach our young men to respect authority, provide for their wives and children, live wisely, lead with love and fairness, and love their wives like Christ loves the church.
Holy Spirit, we know that some of our senior adults are lonely; please help us as a Church Family to reach out to them and surround them with the love of the Father. Remind their family members to visit them and spend quality time with them. Father, protect our seniors from those who would try to take advantage of them or hurt them. Remind us to always honor and respect our senior adults.
Write down the names of seniors that you know. Now, write down ways that you can enrich or bless their lives:
Merciful Father, forgive us as a nation for disrespecting our senior adults. Forgive those seniors who don’t depend completely upon You. Forgive those who have allowed life to cause them to grow bitter and angry. Forgive those who do not check on or spend time with their older relatives. Lord, forgive me for (list any sins that you have committed). Holy Spirit, remind our seniors of those they need to forgive and help them to be quick to forgive. As for me, Holy Spirit, bring to my remembrance those I need to forgive. (Take a moment and ask the Holy Spirit to reveal names or faces of people that you may need to forgive. As He reveals them, say, “I forgive name of person(s).” Now, trust the Lord to heal any wounds in your soul caused by unforgiveness.)
Holy Spirit, remind our senior adults not to yield to temptation but deliver them from the evil one.
Righteous Lord, there is no one like You! You are great, and Your Name is full of power. Who would not fear You, O King of the nations? That title belongs to You alone! All glory majesty, power and authority are Yours before all time, and in the present, and beyond all time. In Jesus’ Name, Amen.
Scripture References for the Written Text: Psalm 135:1,3,5,13, Psalm 145:17, Titus 2:2-5, Ephesians 5:25, Proverbs 3:5, Matthew 6:13, Jeremiah 10:6-7
Today, I will trust God to: