Sunday, March 1, 2015
Congregational Prayer - 1 March 2015 AM and PM
Our Father, who has gladly and joyfully initiated and implemented the only way the world may be saved and no longer be condemned, we lay our burdened hearts before you.
We find that things are not as we had planned nor dreamed they would be. We find that some of us, some of our friends, or some of our family-members are in the middle of trials, disenchantments or distresses that are perplexing and worrisome….Grant that they and all of us may learn obedience by the things that we suffer, and turn to you, our Helper, in the time of trouble. May there be no bitterness in our sorrows, no despair in our submission, and no doubt of you in our bewilderment. Teach us to face trials bravely; please make even the dark things of life to work together for our good; and bring all quickly out of their distresses, that together we may praise you with joyful heart.
With Your watchful eye, please preserve our U.S. Military personnel, and those of our numbers who are in other countries,..., and their families. Please guide our nation in your ways of justice and truth for the free-born, foreign-born and the unborn; and heal the nations of our world.
Thank you for answering our prayers for showers and precipitation. We ask you that you would be pleased to continue providing us the needful amounts of rain to alleviate the pressure put on our water supply, and to nourish the earth.
O Lord, we pray for your Church in all places, including this congregation and the Christian churches in Edmond, OKC, Putnam City, Bethany, Nichols Hills, Warr Acres, Jones, Luther, Midwest City, Spencer and Moore. We implore you to please come and satisfy us with your joy-filling and holiness-enriching presence that we may be the Church you would have us to be, for the life of the world.
We pray for your and our enemies that by your mercies we may forgive those who have wronged us, and be quick to confess the sins whereby we have wronged them. And for those who are sadistically or slyly harming your people, change their affections and ambitions that they may turn away from evil and be turned to everlasting life.
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….hear our prayer, O Lord; and let our cry come unto you!
Lord God, mighty in means, gracious in goodness, longsuffering toward our weaknesses, rich in kindness toward our fumbling faults: We draw near to you with needy hearts.
Please be with your holy, universal Church, and specifically be with this congregation; Trinity Free Will Baptist Church; Trinity International Baptist; Trinity Missionary Baptist; Truelight Missionary Baptist; and Union Baptist Church. We are grateful that you have not only revealed yourself to us as one God, but you have made yourself known as one God in communion of Three persons. May we hold on to your self-revelation tightly; and may our harmony in the midst of individual variety radiate your eternal loving splendor to all so that they may come into the fellowship of Your Son, Jesus Christ. O Lord, hear our prayer.
We desire to see our neighbors, enemies, friends and family embraced by your gracious mercy….Draw them to the cross of Jesus, and help us to be ready, willing and able to declare to them the only way into your kingdom through Jesus Christ our Lord. And prosper our plans and endeavors for our mission work in Carnagie OK in June, our own VBS in July, and the Good News Festival in August. O Lord, hear our prayer.
Lord God, people throughout the world are suffering from various calamities and agonies….deliver them from their distresses, relieve them of their faithless fears and worldly anxieties, restore their wellbeing, and draw them near to yourself. We desire to see the nations return to sane justice and liberated peacefulness. Guide the leaders of all nations, including our own country, in these ways. O Lord, hear our prayer.
Finally, Lord, we implore you on behalf of those grieving, others who are ailing, and some whose careers are tottering…you who know them and their needs better than we or they do, help them, hold them, heal them. O Lord, hear our prayer.