Sunday, April 9, 2017
"There Is None Holy Like the LORD" - Morning and Evening Prayer (9 April 2017)
“There is none holy like the LORD: for there is none besides you; there is no rock like our God” (1 Samuel 2.2); we offer up to you our thanksgiving for all your generosity to us……
We pray for your churches throughout the nations that you give them all the resources they need to serve you properly and well, and the heart they need to serve you in sincerity. Deliver our brothers and sisters who are being hounded and harmed for the Faith that they may serve you in peace and joy. “There is none holy like the LORD: for there is none besides you; there is no rock like our God.”
We call upon you to be with these churches around Oklahoma City, Peoples Church; Piedmont First United Methodist Church; Power House Church of God In Christ; Praise Tabernacle; Prince of Peace; Profetico Sion Iglesia Misionera; and Quail Springs Baptist Church. Guide them in the ways of your truth and righteousness that they may show themselves your own people in earnestness and truth. “There is none holy like the LORD: for there is none besides you; there is no rock like our God.”
Please help us in this congregation, that our families may be filled with godliness and holiness. May those who are single remain chaste and consecrated in their singleness and the married be charitable, gracious and faithful. Give all parents encouragement and energy, and help in raising their children in the nurture and admonition of the Lord. May these children love you with all their hearts, souls and minds, and their neighbors as themselves. And may the aged live out their remaining days in the joy and peace of your Holy Spirit. “There is none holy like the LORD: for there is none besides you; there is no rock like our God.”
We remember before you those who need to repent of their sins and embrace your Son in genuine faith…. “There is none holy like the LORD: for there is none besides you; there is no rock like our God.”
O Lord God, you have blessed us with civil government to restrain evil and promote justice. We ask you to take our governmental authorities in hand – to include these State Representatives: Scott Martin; Ryan Martinez; Mark McBride; Charles McCall; Randy McDaniel; Kevin McDugle; Scott McEachin; and Marcus McEntire; and turn their hearts and deliberations in ways that will be truly good for our country and State. “There is none holy like the LORD: for there is none besides you; there is no rock like our God.”
Guide the nations and leaders of the earth, such as Mahamadou Issoufou; Muhammadu Buhari; Kim Jong-un; and King Harald V; so that all peoples, especially your Church, may be safe and secure. “There is none holy like the LORD: for there is none besides you; there is no rock like our God.”
Finally, give renewed hope and restored health to those who find they are in dire straits, dog-tired or done in and done for… “There is none holy like the LORD: for there is none besides you; there is no rock like our God.”
A Prayer Shaped by Revelation 1
Lord Jesus, you are the faithful witness, the firstborn of the dead, and the ruler of kings on earth. You love us and have freed us from our sins by your blood and made us a kingdom, priests to your God and Father, and so to you be glory and dominion forever and ever. Lead us in your liberty, and bring us to find that in your service we have true freedom. O Lord, hear our prayer.
You are the Alpha and the Omega, who is and who was and who is to come, the Almighty; you are our sovereign to whom we owe all allegiance, to whom we are rightly obliged to give all of our loyalty no matter what the whisperings of our society entice us with, or the shouting voices of our world demand of us. May we live, advance, raise families, serve, evangelize, pay taxes, vote, grow old, always and ever remembering that though the world around us disputes your Lordship and reign, yet the day is coming when at your name every knee will bow, whether in heaven, on earth, or under the earth, and every tongue shall come to confess that you, Jesus Christ, are Lord, to the glory of God the Father. O Lord, hear our prayer.
In making us a kingdom and priests, you have restored us to Adam’s and Eve’s vocation to have dominion over creation, to be fruitful, multiplying, filling the earth and subduing it. Guide us and aid us in going and making disciples of all nations. May we see many being baptized into the name of the Father, and of the Son and of the Holy Spirit; and help us to teach them all that you have commanded us; for you are always with us, to the end of the age. We pray for those who play at our playground, come to our marriage conference, attend our VBS in July, and who visit us on Sundays, that you would add to this congregation such as are being saved. O Lord, hear our prayer.
You are the first and the last, and the living one. You died, and behold you are alive forevermore, and you have the keys of Death and Hades; and so we have no reason to fear. You told us to fear not; and so please remove all worldly anxieties and faithless fears, and grant us greater confidence in you that you are subduing all of your and our enemies and to face death and dying with undying conviction that the last enemy you will triumph over is death. O Lord, hear our prayer.