Sunday, August 14, 2016
"Blessed Is the Man Who Makes the LORD His Trust" - 14 August 2016
“Blessed is the man who makes the LORD his trust, who does not turn to the proud, to those who go astray after a lie! You have multiplied, O LORD my God, your wondrous deeds and your thoughts toward us; none can compare with you! I will proclaim and tell of them, yet they are more than can be told” (Psalm 40.4-5). We lift our hearts to you, mighty God, merciful God, majestic God, because you have cared for us in spiritual and bodily needs, and with our hearts and hands and voices we resound with your praises!!!!
Father, giver of all good gifts: we pray for the poor and hungry…., the homeless and mentally ill…, the unemployed and heavily employed…, the sad and scared…, the sick and lonely…, that help unlooked for may arrive at just the right time; that you would draw them up from the pit of destruction, out of the miry bog, and set their feet upon a rock, making their steps secure. That you would put a new song in their mouth, a song of praise to our God, so that many will see and fear, and put their trust in the LORD (Psalm 40.2-3).
Saving God: we pray for those who do not rest on your Son Jesus – maybe some in here and those out there…; as well as those who are in deep spiritual need…; that by your Spirit active in their lives, they may find conviction, courage, and comfort in Jesus Christ.
Governor and Ruler of all creation, nations and peoples: we pray for the peace and security of the world’s nations, for an end to unjust war and violent oppression; that all of the peoples of the earth may come to receive the Prince of Peace.
Eternal God, who has made us pilgrims and sojourners: we pray for our own country, for those who govern, for all the people in this land. May we have justice, security and well-being. In these days of racial tensions, political rodeos, hot headedness, and terror threats, show yourself a mighty God on our behalf, that our own nation would finally say with deep conviction, “In God we trust!”
Lord God, our Father: we pray for your one, holy, catholic and apostolic Church – especially in Singapore; Sint Maarten; Slovakia; Slovenia; Solomon Islands; Somalia; South Africa; Spain; and Sri Lanka. We pray for all of her Bishops, elders, pastors, ministers, servers, that they would all be faithful to the Word of God and guide your Church to prove herself to be the light of Christ to the nations.
Abba, Father: For this congregation, all of our parents and the children in our homes; our students and young adults seeking to take out on their own path, for each of us in our vocations and conditions; that in all we do we would show ourselves Christ’s disciples in word and deed.