Sunday, July 19, 2015
"O God, the Father Almighty" - 19 July 2015
O God, the Father Almighty, Maker of heaven and earth, who has promised that you will never leave us nor forsake us, so that we may boldly say, “The LORD is on my side, I will not fear, what can man do to me” (Psalm 118.6)? We pray for your Church throughout the nations, and specifically for New Life Church of God in Christ; Page Sanctuary; Rainbow Church of God in Christ; St. Timothy Church; Trinity Church of God in Christ and Victory Temple; sustain these brothers and sisters through the hard and happy times. Look upon their needs, provide them with all good things necessary for them to do the work you have called them to, stir up the glowing embers of their hearts, stoking the fires of your joy, love and holiness in them that they may be encouraged to remain faithful to you and consistent in their lives. O Lord, hear our prayer.
Look on this congregation with your favor, O Good Shepherd. In the midst of our hurts, skinned-up hopes, and hesitations we pray in the words of your servant, Paul, that you would help us to love one another more and more, aspiring to live quietly, to mind our own affairs, and to work with our own hands, that we may walk properly toward those who are outsiders, and dependent on no one (1 Thessalonians 4.10c-12). Savior, we want to be a sanctuary of Gospel-peace and refreshment for those who are wandering in the wastelands; please bring it about. And raise up laborers – even from among us – to enter your harvest! O Lord, hear our prayer.
Tomorrow, Lord, we launch our Mega Sports Camp VBS. We have prepared and fixed up and organized and practiced. Lord, may your hand be on us as we go into this week. Give us energy, patience, and resilience; may the kids and adults stay safe; and we ask you to orchestrate opportunities for us to explain the Gospel in words, and help us to exhibit the Gospel in actions. Father, prosper our work this week. O Lord, hear our prayer.
Merciful God, whose mercy and love flow freely; we call out to you for acquaintances and intimates who need to believe in Christ and repent of their sins, as well as friends and family who have strayed away and need to be restored, … rescue those perishing; reclaim those straying; and help us to be willing participants in your Gospel working into their lives. O Lord, hear our prayer.
Hear us, O Lord, as we plead with you for all nations, including our own country, in this fractured and sometimes vicious world. Restore and reinforce peaceful and legitimate order, securing harmony and prosperity for the peoples of every nation, that all may enjoy a fruitful life, and that your Church in all places may live in tranquility and security. O Lord, hear our prayer.