Sunday, July 26, 2015
O God, Most High" - 26 July 2015 AM and PM
O God, Most High, who made all things very good by the Word of your power, and are a God of order and not confusion: we beseech you to shape the events, strategies, deliberations and relations in our land, that we may be a nation and a people who enjoy godly order and godly living; a nation and a people who honor blameless virtue and protect the aged, the unborn, the children, and the defenseless; a nation and a people who respect and promote honest work, ingenuity, quality education, and thrift; and a nation and a people who truly are a land of the free and home of the brave.
We call upon you to support our soldiers, sailors, airmen, marines, law enforcers, firefighters and first responders, that they may be courageous in the face of duty, industrious in the face of drudgery, successful in their tasks, and led by upright, honest leaders.
Guide the nations of this world in just and equitable ways that their peoples may enjoy good and peaceful security, so that your church may live in calm liberty, and the Gospel spread throughout all lands without harm.
We pray for your Church in every realm; restore unity where there is brokenness; godliness where there is immorality; sound doctrine where there is error; pure worship where there is idolatry; and may the Gospel of Jesus Christ have full sway over us in all that we think, do and say.
Father, who cares about this congregation far more than any of us; to whom our hearts, plans and thoughts are open; we acknowledge that our future lies in your hands. This is your church, and we are your people. Lead us onward, upward and outward that we may be a safe place for those needing sanctuary from the thundering and blustering world and a healing people for those battered and beat-up. Thank you for the opportunities we had this past week in our VBS; thank you for those who perspired, played, planned, and participated. Now, Lord, be pleased to prosper our endeavors to your glory, to the salvation of some, and to the encouragement of us all.
We pour out our hearts to you on behalf of those who are still unbelieving, and those who have strayed away….Please grant them repentance so that they may know the truth and that they may come to their senses and escape the snare of the devil, having been taken captive by him to do his will (2 Timothy 2.25-26).
And finally we pray for the sick, the recovering, those who are undergoing treatment, those who are emotionally and physically hobbling,……grant them restored health, renewed strength, refreshing joy and peace; so that they may gain patience, and that patience would have its perfect work in them that they may become mature and complete, lacking nothing (James 1.2-4).
O God, the Father Almighty, Maker of heaven and earth, who has promised us that we have nothing to fear for you are with us, we have no reason to be dismayed for you are our God, who strengthens us, who helps us, who upholds us with your righteous right hand (Isaiah 41.10).
We pray for your Church throughout the nations, as well as Bethany 1st Church of the Nazarene; Calvary Church; Capitol Hill Church; Lake Overholster Nazarene Church; and Southwest Church of the Nazarene; sustain these brothers and sisters, build them up in the most holy faith, that they may be able to stand strong against all the wiles of the devil. O Lord, hear our prayer.
Look on this congregation with your favor, O our God. In the words of your servant, Micah, help us – in all of our affairs, actions and ambitions – to do justly, love mercy, and walk humbly before you (Micah 6.8). Please help us as we move into a new season. Guide our Session as they seek to shepherd and lead this congregation, and be with our Deacons as they serve that they may successfully navigate the physical needs of our building, the budget and care for the bodily needs of folks. O Lord, hear our prayer.
We are grateful for Pastor John’s recovery from eye surgery; give him patience as he continues to recuperate; and guide him and Marie as they seek a new field of endeavor. Thank you for the opportunities that have opened up before him, and help him to discern the direction he should take. O Lord, hear our prayer.
We intercede on behalf of those who are anguished with poor health…, sparse finances…, marital scuffles …, family frictions…, with deep downheartedness…, emotional and mental distresses…, vocational worries…, Please, Father, raise them up, give them hope, health, clarity, relief and all the resources they need; that in the end they may raise their hearts to you in thanksgiving. O Lord, hear our prayer.