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Sunday, June 25, 2017

"O Lord, Help and Govern..." - 25 June 2017


O Lord, make us have a perpetual love and reverence for your holy Name, for you never fail to help and govern those whom you have set upon the sure foundation of your loving-kindness through Jesus Christ our Lord. Preserve those who are heading to Carnegie tomorrow. Thank you for the opportunity you provided for us; now provide us safe travel; enrich our service projects; bring our VBS time to have a powerfully positive impact on the kids; and give physical and emotional resilience in all we do that we may come back singing your praises.

On behalf of your Church throughout the world, as well as Westmoore Community Church; Wheatland Methodist Church; Wildewood Christian Church; and Word of God Church, we pray. Show yourself strong on behalf of those who are suffering for righteousness sake, show them a sign of your favor that those who hate them may see it and be put to shame, because you have helped and comforted your people (Psalm 86.17). Reclaim those who have lost their way and exchanged your glory for their own avarice or their own ambition; Fill up what is lacking and cause your work to prosper in the hands of those who are working and serving for your honor.

Look upon the President of these United States, the Governor of Oklahoma, the Mayors of Oklahoma City and Edmond, and all others in authority. So replenish them with the grace and guidance of the Holy Spirit that they may always incline to your will and walk in your way. And may the inhabitants of our nation turn to you. We also ask you to steer the nations of the earth, and pilot the leaders of all lands, to include President Mohamed Abdullahi Mohamed of Somolia; President Jacob Zuma of South Africa; and President Moon Jae-in of South Korea; into the way of uprightness and integrity, establishing among them that peace which is the fruit of righteousness, and guide them to love you and their neighbors. And send forth your Gospel and your enlivening Spirit, that Jews, Buddhists, Hindus, Muslims, Afghani warlords, Mexican drug cartels, Atheists, Agnostics and Secularists may come to embrace the Lord Jesus Christ, turn from their gods, or godlessness, to the living and true God and be saved from the wrath to come (1 Thessalonians 1.9-10).

Rescue from sin, self-destruction, or heresy these for whom we now pray (…).

Merciful Father, you have taught us in your Holy Word, that you do not willingly afflict or grieve the children of men (Lamentations 3.33): look with kindness upon the sorrows, pains, and needs of these for whom our prayers are offered (…). Look upon them in mercy, nourish them with patience, comfort them with a sense of your goodness, lift up your face upon them, and give them peace and wholeness. 

We commend to your gracious care all those who have gone from us into the military, college, seminary or work; those who have moved away and those who have moved on (…). Defend them day by day with your heavenly grace; strengthen them in their trials and temptations; give them courage to face the perils which beset them; and grant them a sense of your abiding presence wherever they may be.

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