Sunday, October 19, 2014
Congregational Prayer: Morning and Evening 19 October 2014
Sunday Morning Prayer:
O Lord God, who saved us from the constraints of fear so that we may serve you in the freedom of love; we come in confidence to pray for your World and your Church.
We pray for the nations of this earth, which desire to through off any allegiance to you, and conspire together against your anointed One (Psalm 2). Put your reverence in them, cause them to discard all their bloodlust, greed and jingoistic pride; and turn them toward your righteousness, peace and joy in the Holy Spirit (Romans 14.17).
Almighty God, thank you for the heritage and legacy of this country. We are not ignorant of its many failings, but we are grateful for its initial recognition of God-ordained liberties. Lead our leaders and govern our governors that they may love mercy, do justly and walk humbly before you in the way of your truth.
We pray for our U.S. Military personnel as they serve this country, may they do so honorably and valiantly. Comfort them in their difficulties, preserve their families, and provide for them all things necessary for their well-being.
Lord, until Your Son returns to right all wrongs, and completes what he began at the cross and empty tomb, there is still death, dying, disease and desperation. We pray for all who are suffering in any way (esp. these)….have mercy on one and all, clear away all clouds that blind them from seeing your goodness, and be pleased to prosper them in body, mind and heart.
Lord, we are grieved over those who have never confessed Christ Jesus as the Lord, those who have strayed away from the faith, and those who claim to be atheists and skeptics…; Give them new hearts, draw them in and give them to your Son; and provide us with opportunities to tell them the Good News of Christ Jesus the Lord.
We pray for your Church throughout the world: For the faithful, we implore you to shower your lavish kindnesses on them and supply all their need according to your riches in glory by Christ Jesus (Philippians 4.19). Those of our brothers and sisters who are straying into paths that dishonor you, restrain and restore them. For this congregation, we pray that You would continue to add to our number such as are being saved; keep us in continual godliness and fruitfulness, that through your protection we may be free from all adversities and devoutly given over to serving you in all good works.
Sunday Evening Prayer:
Lord Jesus, we did not choose you, but you chose us and appointed us that we should go and bear fruit and that our fruit should abide, so that whatever we ask the Father in your name, he may give it to us (John 15.16). Thank you for promising such rich assurances! Lord, believing what you have promised, we pray now with confidence in your name:
For Your Church in all places, including Greater Hope Baptist Church; Greater Love Baptist; Greater Marshall Memorial Baptist; Greater Mt. Carmel Baptist; Greater Mt. Pilgrim Baptist; Greater New Zion Baptist and Greater Shiloh Baptist Church: O GOD the Father of our Lord Jesus Christ, our only Saviour, the Prince of Peace: Give us grace seriously to lay to heart the great dangers we are in by our unhappy divisions. Take away all hatred and prejudice, and whatsoever else may hinder us from godly union and concord: that, as there is but one Body, and one Spirit, and one hope of our calling, one Lord, one faith, one baptism, one God and Father of us all; so we may henceforth be all of one heart, and of one soul, united in one holy bond of truth and peace, of faith and charity, and with one mind and one mouth glorify you through Jesus Christ our Lord (taken from The Book of Common Prayer). O Lord, hear our prayer.
Father, almighty and everlasting God, source of all wisdom and understanding, who desires us to bear good fruit that abides: be present with us, renew us, help us to stay focused on your world rescue mission, teach us in all things to seek first your honor and glory; guide us to perceive what is right, and then grant us the courage to pursue it and the grace to accomplish it (adapted from The Book of Common Prayer). O Lord, hear our prayer.
O God you are our refuge and strength, a very present help in trouble. Therefore supply us with such reliable resolution and confident conviction in you that we will not fear; even though the earth gives way, the mountains are moved into the heart of the sea, the earth’s waters roar and foam, the mountains tremble and swell (Psalm 46.1-3); whether economies crumble, or plague or pestilence rage; whether sickness strikes us personally or catastrophe smashes into our lives. For of all people, we should always walk in hope, confidence, and humble-boldness because Christ is risen and that makes these things only a light momentary affliction that is preparing for us an eternal weight of glory beyond all comparison as we look not to the transient things that are seen, but the eternal things that are not seen. Good God, help us to be the people who walk by faith and not by sight (2 Corinthians 4.17-18; 5.7). O Lord, hear our prayer.
We implore your protection and care on Pastor John as he travels home today; keep him safe. And once he lands, grant him rest and a speedy rebound. O Lord, hear our prayer.