Sunday, September 4, 2016
"O God, You Created All Things" - 4 September 2016
O God, you created all things very good, by the word of your power; and your works of providence are your mostly holy, wise and powerful preserving and governing of all your creatures and all our actions (WSC 9 and 11). Therefore, our hearts are full of thankfulness because we have been richly endowed with your goodness: health, strength, hope, stamina, happiness, sustenance, homes and satisfaction. And even when in your good providence these are withheld from us, we have you our greatest good and deepest joy! Thank you!
O God, there are people we love and know who have never embraced your Son Jesus Christ, trusting in him for their salvation and repenting of their sins….There are those we love and know who seem to have become hardened by the deceitfulness of sin…There are whole tribes, gangs, and countries; there are Jews, Buddhists, Hindus, Muslims, Iraqis, Afghanis, Nigerians, Somalis, Hans, Yomatos, Koreans, Tibetans, Kazakhs, and truck loads of others that have never heard nor responded to the Gospel of Jesus. We pray for your Gospel to go forth in the power of the Spirit, to have open access and run swiftly, that those appointed to eternal life may believe (Acts 13.48).
Give strength, aid, increasing love, durable commitment and unwavering godliness to your church here and throughout the world, especially in Uganda; Ukraine; United Arab Emirates; United Kingdom; Uruguay; Uzbekistan; Vanuatu; Venezuela and Vietnam. And, O great Shepherd of your people, where there are wolves in sheep’s’ clothing in your flock, expose and remove them.
For our Soldiers, Sailors, Airmen, Marines, Law Enforcers, Sheriffs, Deputies, Special Agents, and Marshalls, we ask you to protect them as they pass through harm’s way; give them strength to exercise honor and integrity, and hope in the darkest and bleakest moments.
As our nation goes through more and more changes, as elections draw near, as what we once thought were unquestionable morals get thrown onto the table to be questioned and mocked, as homes shatter, as lives crumble under various addictions; make your truth shine out more brightly, that our leaders, fellow citizens and fellow residents may see the brilliant correctness and goodness of your ways, and submit happily to your course.
Our great God, who is not restricted or restrained by our diseases, ailments, depressions, mental or physical afflictions; we ask you to be with these …..raise them from their misery and misfortune, granting them unlooked for strength and hope, that they may spend the rest of their lives serving, glorifying and enjoying you.
As this new season of Sunday School, evening services and Care Groups builds up steam, bless the teachers, facilitators, learners, and participants with your gracious, loving help, that we all may grow in the grace and the knowledge of our Lord and Savior Jesus Christ.