Sunday, August 30, 2015
"Almighty God...you promised" - 30 August 2015 AM
Almighty God, our heavenly Father, you promised through your Son Jesus Christ to hear us when we pray in faith, and that whatever we ask you in his name you will answer us so that we may prove to be his disciples (John 15.7-8).
Strengthen all Christian pastors, ministers, priests, elders, Bishops and deacons, that they may be filled with the truth of your doctrine and clothed with holiness of life, so that they may faithfully serve you to the glory of your name and the benefit of your Church. We implore you to please convert all apostates and predators in the ministry, and where necessary, remove them.
For all the members of your Church throughout this world, including South Pointe Church; Trinity Church of the Nazarene; Waterloo Church of the Nazarene; Western Oaks Church; Woodson Park Church; and Christ Community Church: that those who in every place call on the Lord Jesus would be faithful witnesses no matter what, be united in your truth, grow together in your love, and reveal your glory and fame in the world.
For all of our brothers and sisters in Christ who bear the burden of Islamic oppression, grant them your consoling peace, strengthen them in fidelity, and grant them help. And for their oppressors we pray for you to break through to their hearts and minds, reviving them in lively faith in Christ Jesus; and if they will not be saved and stop their violence and victimizing, then we ask with the psalmist: “Do to them as you did to Midian, as to Sisera and Jabin at the river Kishon, who were destroyed at En-dor, who became dung for the ground. O my God, make them like whirling dust, like chaff before the wind. Fill their faces with shame, that they may seek your name, O LORD; that they may know that you alone, whose name is the LORD, are the Most High over all the earth” (Psalm 83. 9-10, 13, 16, 18).
Guide, equip, constrain and compel our president in that which is right; give wisdom and good judgment to all in authority; and direct this and every nation in the ways of fairness and amity; that the common good may prevail, that your church may lead a quiet life in all godliness and dignity, so that all people may be saved and come to the knowledge of the truth (1 Timothy 2.1-4).
For our families, friends, and neighbors, we pray for you to help us, with them, to advance healthy civility together. Please turn toward everlasting life any and all who have never entrusted themselves to your Son Jesus Christ, and those who may have tumbled or tromped away….
Finally, we ask you to relieve, restore and revive all those who suffer in body, mind, or spirit …; give them courage and hope in their troubles; and bring to them the joy of your salvation.