Sunday, June 11, 2017
"O Lord, We Adore You" - 11 June 2017
O Lord, we adore you with the words of the prophet Isaiah who said, “O LORD, you are my God; I will exalt you; I will praise your name, for you have done wonderful things, plans formed of old, faithful and sure” (Isaiah 25.1).
On behalf of your Church throughout the world, for this congregation along with Unity Baptist Church; University Fellowship Church; Victory Church; Victory Missionary Baptist Church; Village Baptist Church; Ware Chapel; and Waterloo Church of the Nazarene; we pray. For those of your people who are suffering for righteousness sake, show yourself strong on their behalf. With those who have lost their way and exchanged your glory for their own greed or their own reputation, reclaim them; for those who are working and toiling, spending and being spent for your honor, fill up what is lacking and cause your work to prosper in their hands.
May your protection be on our commissioners as they head to General Assembly, and when they return home. May the righteousness, peace and joy of the Holy Spirit (Romans 15.13) hover over them and fill their meetings, overture discussions, votes, decisions, directions, debates and determinations. And may the honor Christ reign supreme and the fellowship of Christ flourish.
Holy God, send forth your Gospel and your enlivening Spirit, so that Jews, Buddhists, Hindus, Muslims, and Western Secularists may come to acknowledge the Lord Jesus Christ. And save these for whom we now pray (…).
Look upon the President of these United States, the Governor of Oklahoma, our State Representatives, such as Weldon Watson; Josh West; Kevin West; Rick West; and Tammy West, and all others in authority. Remind them that they lead and rule at your pleasure. Remind them that their governance is for the wellbeing of the people under their care. Remind them that their leadership is supposed to reflect your justice and righteousness. Yes, remind them and direct them. And may the inhabitants of our nation make considerable progress in honorable, upright lives and families.
With all the instability, insatiability, insufferableness and insufficiency in the world, we ask you to guide the nations of the earth, and leaders like President Danny Faure of Seychelles; President Ernest Bai Koroma of Sierra Leone; and President Tony Tan of Singapore, into the way of justice and truth, establishing among them that peace which is the fruit of righteousness, and guiding them to love you and their neighbors.
Merciful Father, you have taught us in your Holy Word, that you do not willingly afflict or grieve the children of men: look with kindness upon the sorrows and needs of these for whom our prayers are offered (…). Remember them in mercy, nourish their souls with patience, comfort them with a sense of your goodness, lift up your countenance upon them, and give them peace and wholeness.
We commend to your gracious care all those in the armed forces, whether at home or abroad (…). 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.
O God, whose never-failing providence orders all things in both heaven and earth: We humbly entreat you for ourselves and all whom we have mentioned, please put away from us all hurtful things, and give us those things which are truly profitable for us; through Jesus Christ our Lord. Amen