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Sunday, May 26, 2013

Pastoral/Congregational Prayer: Memorial Day 2013

Jesus told us, “Truly, truly, I say to you, whoever believes in me will also do the works that I do; and greater works than these will he do, because I am going to the Father. Whatever you ask in my name, this I will do, that the Father may be glorified in the Son” (John 14.12-13).

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Lord God of Hosts, the whole earth is filled with your glory; for the welfare of your people in this country and throughout the world, and for the good of all, we beg you to restrain the brutality and viciousness slinking around or running rampant in the nations; arm the leaders with the tools, desire and ability to establish, keep and enforce real justice and integrity, that all people may enjoy tranquility, prosperity, health and life. Lord, hear our prayer.

Mighty God, thank you for the first responders who have poured themselves in to Tornado rescue and recovery; as well as the tons of volunteers who have involved themselves with food and water distribution, aid, clean-up and the numerous other help. Thank you for 1st Baptist in Moore, Journey Church, Frontline Fellowship, City Presbyterian and other brothers and sisters who have made themselves available in so many ways. For those providing help, give them resources and resilience – physical, emotional, and spiritual. For those wounded, worn out, and weeping, give them comfort and your indestructible peace. And for the long-haul – the weeks, months and years it will take to recover: O dear God, help us all, and the folks who have lost much. Lord, hear our prayer.

Father, we pray for Bethlehem Primitive Baptist Church, Bible Methodist Church, Bridgeway Church, Calvary Temple, and Capitol Hill Assembly of God. Abiding in Christ and Christ in them, may they be fearless, faithful, and fruit-bearing inside and outside the walls of their church buildings. Lord, hear our prayer. 

Lord God, we give you our thanks for rousing and raising up many selfless men and women who served in protecting our country, even risking and losing their lives in the process. Continue to stir up our people that they will have a love for our country, willingly defending the liberties you have bestowed on us. We acknowledge that our society is – in the words of C.S. Lewis – producing men without chests. May courage and valor for justice and liberty never be lacking here. Lord, hear our prayer.

Holy God, Yahweh-Rapha, the LORD our healer, we pray for those in our church fellowship, as well as those among our friends and in our family, who are going through gut-wrenching trouble; faced with grief, guilt or tragedy:….show your mighty hand on their behalf, raising them up, turning their suffering into songs of praise, their sorrows into gladness. And thank you for the promising news of G*** P******’s recovery. Lord, hear our prayer.

Mike

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