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Sunday, October 18, 2015

"Our Father" - 18 October 2015 AM and PM


Sunday morning:

(Following the format of the Lord’s Prayer and the Westminster Shorter Catechism 100-107):

O our Father in heaven, we come near to you with all holy reverence and confidence, as children drawing close to a father who is able and ready to help us.

May your name be hallowed by us and all others so that we may glorify you in every way that you make yourself known. Arrange all things – all of our conduct, hardships, desires, marriages or singleness, occupations, as well as all the governmental and civil events of this world and our country – to your own glory.

May your kingdom come. We implore you to destroy Satan‘s kingdom, and advance your kingdom of grace, especially through the prayers and works of your world-wide Church, to include the Wisconsin Evangelical Lutheran Synod; The Russian Orthodox Church and the Russian Orthodox Church outside of Russia; The Anglican Church of Rwanda, Uganda and Kenya; and The Covenant Order of Evangelical Presbyterians; may we all be brought into it and firmly kept in it (and here Lord, we pray specifically for those who have never turned in faith to Christ, or who have strayed away….), and may your kingdom of glory be hastened – Come, Lord Jesus!

May your will be done on earth as it is in heaven; that you, Lord God, by your grace, would make us (together with 1st Pres-Minco; Redeemer PCA-Edmond; City Pres and Christ the King-Norman) able and willing to know, obey and submit to your will in all things, even as the angels do in heaven.

Give us this day our daily bread; that of your free gift we (and those who are in various troubles and ailments….) may receive a competent portion of the good things of this life, and enjoy your blessing with them (including health, hope and deliverance).

Forgive us our debts as we forgive our debtors; This, Lord, we are strongly encouraged to ask, because by your grace we are enabled from the heart to forgive others; therefore, remembering that we have wronged you far more than anyone has ever wronged us, help us to be quick and ready to forgive those who wrong us, and to be swift and set to ask forgiveness from those whom we have wronged.

Lead us not into temptation, but deliver us from evil; O God, please keep us from being tempted to sin, and when we are tempted, please support us and deliver us; and Father, beat down Satan under our feet.

Yours, O Lord, is the Kingdom, and the power, and the glory forever. Amen.

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Sunday evening:

“Who is like you, O LORD, among the gods? Who is like you, majestic in holiness, awesome in glorious deeds, doing wonders? You have led in your steadfast love the people whom you have redeemed; you have guided them by your strength to your holy abode” (Exodus 15.11, 13).

O heavenly Father, we beseech you to have mercy and compassion on all of your children living with mental darkness, confusion, emotional distress,...Restore them to strength of mind, cheerfulness of spirit, clearheaded perception; and give them health and peace in their communion with Jesus. O Lord, hear our prayer.

O God, Lord of the young, and Lord of the aged; we pray for our parents and loved ones who are feeling their years, slowing down, and experiencing growing inabilities;...help us to know how to meaningfully care for them during this life-season, to know how to navigate the gap between their limitations and their desire for independence; and show us how to communicate our love and respect to them in significant ways. O Lord, hear our prayer.

Lord Jesus, who loves and cares for this church more than any of us can or will, and chief Shepherd and overseer of our souls; lead us in paths of righteousness for your name’s sake; make us to lie down in green pastures and restore our souls (Psalm 23.1-2); and please, Lord, supply every need of ours according to your riches in glory (Philippians 4.19). O Lord, hear our prayer.

We pray for your Church throughout the nations, including the Free Methodist Church of Edmond; Resurrection Free Methodist Church; Cathedral of Deliverance; Church on the Rock; Everlasting Gospel Lighthouse Church; and Faith Church; We have the treasure of your glory in Christ in jars of clay, for the purpose of showing that the surpassing power belongs to you and not to us. As your people are afflicted in every way, may they not be crushed; when perplexed, may they not be driven to despair; when persecuted, may they know they are not forsaken; when struck down, may they not be destroyed; that we would see that we are always carrying in the body the death of Jesus, so that the life of Jesus may also be manifested in our bodies. For we who live are always being given over to death for Jesus' sake, so that the life of Jesus also may be manifested in our mortal flesh. (2 Corinthians 4:7-11). O Lord, hear our prayer.

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