A graduation prayer for the TCS Class of 2015

June 3, 2015 § 2 Comments

This past Friday night I had the privilege of offering a prayer for my daughter, Hannah, and her classmates, the graduating class of 2015 at Trinitas Christian School in Pensacola.  As the ceremony proceeded and all manner of emotions stirred within me (Hannah is our first child to graduate High School), I began to wonder whether the occasion was a wonderful opportunity or a cruel joke!  I concluded it was the former, and by God’s grace managed to make it through the prayer.

Most holy, righteous and merciful God—Father, Son and Holy Spirit: we praise you for the grace and favor that you lavished upon us that we, with voices of faith and hearts of love, may not merely acknowledge that you are the divine powerful creator, but also that we may give you the glory that is due your great name.

Not to us, O LORD, not to us, but to your name give glory, for the sake of your steadfast love and your faithfulness! (Psalm 115:1)

Tonight, O God, we praise you for your hand of providence in the lives of these young men and women, that you have guided them through wonderful memories and difficult times; that you have strengthened them to do their best and convicted them with repentance and new resolve when they have not; that you have knit their hearts not merely as friends but as family; and that you have brought them to this moment of acknowledgment.

Not to us, O LORD, not to us, but to your name give glory,

for the sake of your steadfast love and your faithfulness! (Psalm 115:1)

My prayer tonight is that you will confirm afresh in their hearts, and in every heart here tonight who has looked to Jesus Christ for salvation, that what he has done on their behalf on the cross was and remains sufficient for the forgiveness of their sins and the assurance of the righteousness that you require. When they stumble, as all believers do, and are tempted to believe that they establish their own righteousness by their own efforts, or that they in some way must keep themselves in your good grace, remind them that this is neither good nor grace. By your Spirit fill their consciences and hearts with the confidence that, as they as saved by grace through faith, and this is not of ourselves, even the good works that they do have been prepared in advance for them to walk in.

Not to us, O LORD, not to us, but to your name give glory, for the sake of your steadfast love and your faithfulness! (Psalm 115:1)

When they wander, as we are all prone to do because of the sinfulness of hearts, when their desire wanes because they have been enticed by “all that is in the world—the desires of the flesh and the desires of the eyes and pride of life” (1 John 2:16), brood over them by your Holy Spirit, even as you did in the very creation itself, and bring them to their senses in repentance and faith to remember that they have a Father in heaven who is full of grace and mercy. Be then, O God, that Father who rises and runs to them with arms outstretched to embrace them in everlasting love, the same love that began a good work in them and will complete it on the day of Christ Jesus (Philippians 1:6).

Not to us, O LORD, not to us, but to your name give glory, for the sake of your steadfast love and your faithfulness! (Psalm 115:1)

Father, as these graduates go now from this place, fill their hearts with excitement and anticipation at the promise of Jesus, that he will build his church, and that the gates of hell will not prevail against her advance. Build them up on faith to continue to build relationships with other believers, to join as you lead them in the world with the covenant communities to which you ultimately take them so that they will not merely edify the church by their gifts, but fulfill this very promise of Jesus.

Not to us, O LORD, not to us, but to your name give glory, for the sake of your steadfast love and your faithfulness! (Psalm 115:1)

So then, Father, the God of peace—who brought again from the dead our Lord Jesus, the great shepherd of the sheep, by the blood of the eternal covenant,[will you] equip these young men and women with everything good that they may do your will, working in them that which is pleasing in your sight, through Jesus Christ, to whom be glory forever and ever? (Hebrews 13:20-22)

Amen.

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