Sunday, February 1, 2015
Congregational Prayer: 1 February 2015 AM and PM
Almighty God, though a man’s heart plans his ways, it is you who directs his steps (Proverbs 16.9); therefore we pray for this world and your church. We ask you to alleviate the suffering, angst, fretfulness of those who are in dire need of your healing….restore them filling them with your unsurpassable peace to guard their hearts and minds IN Christ Jesus, and give them rock-hard reasons to have hope in you through all these trials and troubles.
Please safeguard our U.S. Military people, esp. these….comfort and encourage their families during times of separation, and restore them to their homes unharmed.
Please look upon our country; maintain our liberties, and guide us all (personally and politically) along the path of your truth and righteousness. Also, for the nations of our world, O dear God, for the good of Your Church and wellbeing of all, we pray you to reinstate peace and order where there is only war and chaos; and to build strong justice and hope in the more stable countries.
Look kindly on this region of the United States, we implore you, O God who made all things by the word of your power, in the space of 6 days and all very good; you who preserve and govern all creatures and all our actions; continue to send us the rains we need, to the places in need, in this our time of need. And thank you for what we have received thus far.
O Lord, we pray for Your Church in all places, for this congregation, City Presbyterian, Christ the King-Norman, 1st Presbyterian of Minco, Redeemer Presbyterian, and Grace Presbyterian-Stillwater; you have promised that those you love you correct; help us all that we may truly be a people saturated and flourishing in your graciousness, loving our brothers and sisters in Christ, shunning evil, and being your special people zealous for good works.
Finally, we plead for the salvation, transformation and rescue of those who have never believed in your Son and turned from their sins and for the restoration of those who have strayed away from you...
Evening Prayer (A prayer through Psalm 138):
We give you thanks, O LORD, with our whole heart; before the gods we sing your praise; we bow down toward your holy temple and give thanks to your name for your steadfast love and your faithfulness, for you have exalted above all things your name and your word. On the day we called, you answered us; our strength of soul you increased (Psalm 138.1-3). Hear us again as we pray for your world and Church:
We pray that the day will soon arrive when all the kings of the earth shall give you thanks, O LORD, when they will hear the words of your mouth, and sing of the ways of the LORD, for great is the glory of the LORD (Psalm 138.4-5). To this end we pray for you to raise up men and women, individuals and families, who will take the Gospel of Jesus Christ into all lands, to every tribe and ethnic group. Bless the work of Wycliffe Bible Translators, New Tribes Missions, Mission to the World, Samaritans Purse and International Justice Mission. Fill their manpower gaps and their monetary essentials. Open doors that no one can shut, and grant them favor with local officials. O Lord, hear our prayer.
Though you, O LORD, are high, you regard the lowly, but the haughty you know from afar (Psalm 138.6). Enrich the faithful work of your Church in all places, including this congregation; St. Johns Missionary Baptist Church; St. Jude Baptist; St. Mark Baptist; Shady Nook Baptist; and Sharon Baptist Church. Empower your people to lovingly and humbly display the Gospel of Jesus Christ in our inner relationships and external enterprises. Teach us to profit, and lead us in the way we should go (Isaiah 48.17). O Lord, hear our prayer.
Though we walk in the midst of trouble, you preserve our life; you stretch out your hand against the wrath of our enemies, and your right hand delivers us (Psalm 138.7). With certainty that you deeply care for us, we beseech you to look on the privations of your people, whether sick…. impoverished…. persecuted…. prosecuted…. Or smashed... Stretch forth your healing, helping, upholding hand and lift their hearts. O Lord, hear our prayer.
O LORD, you will fulfill your purpose for us; your steadfast love, O LORD, endures forever. Do not forsake the work of your hands (Psalm 138.8). You know better than we do, the level of the drought, the point of our water tables, the amount of moisture in the soil. You who save both man and beast (Psalm 36.6) care about our crops and cattle. Oh God who governs jet streams and rain totals, shower us richly, restore this region, help us, dear God. O Lord, hear our prayer.