Sunday, July 2, 2017
"Great and Amazing Are Your Deeds" - 2 July 2017
“Great and amazing are your deeds, O Lord God the Almighty! Just and true are your ways, O King of the nations! Who will not fear, O Lord, and glorify your name? For you alone are holy. All nations will come and worship you, for your righteous acts have been revealed” (Revelation 15.3-4). O Eternal God, through whose mighty power our fathers won their liberties over two centuries ago; grant, please, that we and all the inhabitants of this land may have grace to maintain those liberties in righteousness and peace through Jesus Christ our Lord.
We ask you to over-rule the brutal savagery raging in many nations, as well as the legitimization of slavery, prostitution and the harassment of your Church. We affirm with Scripture that the hearts of national leaders, to include President Salva Kiir Mayardit of South Sudan; King Felipe VI of Spain; and President Maithripala Sirisena of Sri Lanka, are streams of water in your hand, O LORD, and that you turn them wherever you will. Turn them Father, and may all nations come to bow the knee to the Lord Jesus, and peace and prosperity prevail in all places.
O Father of mercies and God of all comfort, our only help in time of need: We humbly beseech you to behold, visit and relieve these …. Look upon them with the eyes of your mercy; comfort them with a sense of your goodness; preserve them from the temptations of the enemy; and give them patience under their affliction. In your good time, restore them to health, and enable them to lead the residue of their life in your fear, and to your glory; and grant that finally they may dwell with you in life everlasting.
Almighty God, we pray for your Church worldwide, including Yukon Church; Yukon Church of the Nazarene; Zion’s Hill International Church; Iglesia Adventista; Iglesia Adventista Septimo Dia Capitol Hill, and those churches in the Oklahoma Indian Missionary Conference. Grant us all grace fearlessly to live in peace with all men, and holiness without which no one will see the Lord (Hebrews 12.14). May your Word run swiftly and be glorified, and your people be delivered from unreasonable and wicked men (2 Thessalonians 3.1-2). Preserve your church from the corrosiveness of doctrinal infidelity and the corruption of heresy; and in those areas where she has already completely missed the mark, recover her. Enrich Scott Morris’s work at RUF-OU, opening doors, opening hearts, and opening lives to the healing, saving Gospel of Christ.
Lord Jesus Christ, who embraces children with the arms of your mercy, and makes them living members of your Church; give our children and grandchildren grace, we pray, to stand fast in your faith, to obey your word, and to abide in your love; that, being made strong by your Holy Spirit, they may resist temptation, overcome evil, rejoice in the life that now is, and dwell with you in the life that is to come.
We give you our thanks and praise for your kindnesses shown to us this past week, especially your superintending care and support in Carnegie. What a week, Lord! A week filled with so many happy surprises, confirming verifications, and touching moments. Our hearts are full, Lord; our hearts are full of rejoicing and joy at your goodness. Thank you for this year’s trip and thank you that you have made us part of your work there.
Finally, show your kindness and deploy your saving love to these who have never turned to Christ and those who have turned away from Christ… All we ask by the encouragement and in the authority of your Son, Jesus Christ our Lord. Amen.