Sunday, September 3, 2017
"Lord God, We Come to Intercede" - 3 September 2017
Lord God, we come to intercede for your Church and world. We ask you to strengthen this congregation that in doing all things without complaining and disputing, we may become (increasingly) blameless, pure in quality, children of God without fault in the midst of a crooked and perverse generation (Philippians 2.14-15). Be pleased to make us even more harmonious and to become more clearly a sign of grace to our fractured and fragmented world. Be pleased to add to this church such as are being saved; and add to us in such a way as will mirror the new heavens and new earth, as will reflect that new Jerusalem in which will dwell people from every tribe, tongue, nationality, and economic strata, gathered around your throne exalting you and hearing you say, “Behold, I am making all things new” (Revelation 20.1-5)!
We ask for your ongoing help, strength, protection, deliverance and sustenance of your Church throughout the world, especially in places where she is being abused and persecuted; also for your Church around Oklahoma City, to include Friendship Chapel; Gateway Tabernacle; Grand Boulevard Assembly of God; and High Pointe Church.
Mighty Lord, we ask you to govern and superintend all the nations of this earth (including our own country), and the leaders of nations such as President Beji Caid Essebsi of Tunisia; President Recep Tayyip Erdoğan of Turkey; and President Gurbanguly Berdimuhamedow (koor-bahn-goo-LEE bair-day-moo-kah-MEH-dawf) of Turkmenistan. We pray that wickedness, evil, injustice, slavery, sex trafficking, and abortion may be replaced with good governments, unprejudiced judicial systems, honorable law enforcement, safety and liberty for all.
O God of storms and stillness, bring needful help to all of those along the Gulf Coast of Texas who are suffering financial, emotional and physical hardships; to those grieving death or destitution; and to those displaced and dislocated. And also bolster, brace and buttress all of those lending aid in whatever capacity.
Lord, we make bold to ask you to neutralize the effects and harm of white supremacists, Neo-Nazis and rabble-rousing revolutionaries in our land by moving on their hearts and minds, making them your very own children and bringing them to repent of their evil outlooks and intentions.
Mighty Maker and Creator, who is still at work along with your Son (John 5.17); we are thankful you have made us in your image and have blessed us with vocations and professions in the marketplace and the Homefront. We pray for safer and sounder work places; corporate leaders and managers who find healthy ways to balance productivity with the welfare of their employees; workers who give an honest day’s work for an honest day’s pay; for those who are unemployed that you would open opportunities for them to find meaningful work; and for the disabled or retired to find that their value and worth is not tied to their production but to their creation in your image.
We also ask you to sustain and hold up those who are drawn into depression, those who are hurting or heartbroken, and those who are haltered by mental or physical illness…
Finally, Lord, we ask that you would draw unbelievers everywhere to your Son Jesus Christ…that with new eyes, enlivened hearts and ears, they would confidently embrace Jesus Christ, and become joined to your Church. Hear our prayers, Lord, for Christ’s sake. Amen