"God be merciful to us & bless us, & cause His face to shine upon us.
That Your way may be known on earth, Your salvation among all nations.
Let the peoples praise You, O God; Let all the peoples praise You.
Oh, let the nations be glad & sing for joy!"
Here is the link to a short piece on the Christian Sabbath done up by theologian and pastor Sinclair Ferguson. He does a beautiful job pointing out the Gospel roots of the Sabbath, our future enjoyment of that eternal rest, and it's ongoing relationship to the Lord's Day.
As Paul describes the whole-armor of
God we’re to put on; he ends with this last piece of equipment - “praying at all times in the Spirit, with all
prayer and supplication. To that end keep alert with all
perseverance, making supplication for all the saints” (Ephesians 6.18).
Let us pray:
Lord God, who set
up Pharaoh to show your glory, who made proud Nebuchadnezzar a humble man that
declared your sovereignty, who raised up pagan Cyrus to become the shepherd and
protector of your church under the Old Covenant: we heartily affirm that in your
hands the kings heart is like a stream of water, and you turn it wherever you
will: Therefore we pray passionately and from a deep love for our country, that
you would take notice of the ragings, rantings and ruses of the rulers of our
time; diffuse their secularist schemes intended to hush up your people; deflate
their plots to undermine the goodly heritage of liberty and godliness handed
down by our forbearers; and redirect their energies and stra…