A Prayer to God the Creator
by Joel Stephen Williams
O Lord, our God, in the beginning you created the heavens and the earth. You alone are the Lord. You made the heavens, even the highest heavens, and all their starry host, the earth and all that is on it, the seas and all that is in them. You determine the number of the stars and you call them each by name. You give life to everything, and the multitudes of heaven worship you. How many are your works, O Lord! Sovereign Lord, you have made the heavens and the earth by your great power and outstretched arm. Nothing is too hard for you. In wisdom you made them all; the earth is full of your creatures. Everything you have made is good. As you declared, it is very good. You are the one God who has created us; you are our Father. By faith we understand that the universe was formed at your command, so that what is seen was not made out of what was visible.
By wisdom you laid the earth's foundations; by understanding you set the heavens in place. Through your Son, the divine Logos, all things were created: things in heaven and on earth, visible and invisible, whether thrones or powers or rulers or authorities; all things were created by him and for him. Through him all things were made; without him nothing was made that has been made. Your Son has been appointed the heir of all things, and through him you made the universe.
Let all creation praise the Creator. Let the angels, the heavenly hosts, and the stars praise the name of the Lord. For you commanded and they were created. Praise the Lord from the earth, you great sea creatures and all ocean depths, lightning and hail, snow and clouds, stormy winds that do his bidding, you mountains and all hills, fruit trees and all cedars, wild animals and all cattle, small creatures and flying birds, kings of the earth and all nations, you princes and all rulers on earth, young men and maidens, old men and children. Let us praise the name of the Lord, for your name alone, O God, is exalted; your splendor is above the earth and the heavens. You are worthy, our Lord and God, to receive glory and honor and power, for you created all things, and by your will they were created and have their being.
You are the one we should worship. And we worship you, our Creator, not your creation. Since the creation of the world your invisible qualities--your eternal power and divine nature--have been clearly seen, being understood from what has been made, so we are without excuse if we fail to honor you. Many are the wonders you have done. The things you planned for us no one can count. Were we to attempt to speak and tell of them, they would be too many for us to declare.
You created mankind in your own image, male and female you created us. You placed us on the earth, because you did not mean for the earth to be empty. You have blessed us with food, which is to be received with thanksgiving. You formed us and made us. You created us for your glory. Since you have created the earth, you want righteousness to rain down on it and salvation to spring up in it. The earth is yours, O Lord, and everything in it, the world, and all who live in it. Everything in heaven belongs to you, so we can make no claim against you, but rather you against us.
Lord, when we sin, you grieve that you have made us. We beg you to create us again in Christ Jesus. Help us to put on a new self, created to be like you in true righteousness and holiness. Lord, make us a new creation. Create in us a new heart and renew a steadfast spirit within us.
(Genesis 1:1; Nehemiah 9:6; Psalm 147:4; Jeremiah 32:17; Psalm 104:24; 1 Timothy 4:4; Genesis 1:31; Malachi 2:10; Hebrews 11:2; Proverbs 3:19; Colossians 1:16; John 1:3; Hebrews 1:2; Psalm 148:1-5; Isaiah 40:26; Psalm 148:7-13; Revelation 4:11; Romans 1:20, 25; Psalm 40:5; Genesis 1:27; Isaiah 45:18; 1 Timothy 4:3; Isaiah 43:7; 45:8; Psalm 24:1; Job 41:11; Genesis 6:6; Ephesians 2:10; 4:24; 2 Corinthians 5:17; Galatians 6:15; Psalm 51:10)
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