Gracious Father, You are the first Sabbath keeper, and we rejoice that You set the pattern in this for us. We know that many of us in our sinfulness have twisted the day of celebration and rest into some kind of dour observance, or, at the opposite extreme, into just another day off.
Father, we pray that we would imitate You, not just in the fact that we observe a day of rest, but we pray that we would observe in the way You call us to observe it. We pray that this would be the queen of all the days, and that we would delight in it, as Your Word instructs.
Prepare us in this, we pray, in Jesus’ name, amen.