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Sunday, February 18, 2018

"O God, hear our prayer; give ear to the words of our mouth" - 18 February 2018

Unlike Marduk and the gods of the nations, when you made humankind, you said: “Behold, I have given you every plant yielding seed that is on the face of all the earth, and every tree with seed in its fruit. You shall have them for food. And to every beast of the earth and to every bird of the heavens and to everything that creeps on the earth, everything that has the breath of life, I have given every green plant for food.” And it was so” (Genesis 1.29-30). Truly, LORD God, you made us not because you needed us. You made us not because you were lonely and lacked love. You made us not because you needed us to scratch some itch. You made us because you are love and goodness, and so desired to give and lavish that love and goodness on us! Therefore, with the 24 elders and creatures that surround your throne, we adore and worship you: “Worthy are you, our Lord and God, to receive glory and honor and power, for you created all things, and by your will they existed and were created” (Revelation 4.11). Hear us now, O Lord, as we pray:

For the peace and security of all the nations of this world, including Iceland, India, Indonesia, and Iran, we pray to you Lord. O God, hear our prayer; give ear to the words of our mouth (Psalm 54.2).

For the safety and godly direction of the President of these United States, our Legislators, and judiciary, we pray to you Lord. O God, hear our prayer; give ear to the words of our mouth.

For the wellbeing and achievement of the State of Oklahoma, our counties, cities and townships, we pray to you Lord. O God, hear our prayer; give ear to the words of our mouth.

For fitting and seasonable weather and rain, the abundance of the fruits of the earth, and the speedy end of the flu season, we pray to you Lord. O God, hear our prayer; give ear to the words of our mouth.

For the strength and recovery of the older ones, infirm, sick, and suffering ones, we pray to you Lord…. O God, hear our prayer; give ear to the words of our mouth.

For the deliverance of the poor, oppressed, unemployed, destitute, prisoners, and captives, we pray to you Lord. O God, hear our prayer; give ear to the words of our mouth.

For the shalom and goodness of God to flood our lives and keep us steady and sturdy when we are anxious and fearful, we pray to you Lord. O God, hear our prayer; give ear to the words of our mouth.

For the salvation of those who are still dead in their trespasses and sins, and for the rescue of those who have forgotten their savior, we pray to you Lord…. O God, hear our prayer; give ear to the words of our mouth.

For the church throughout the earth, this congregation, Mt. Horeb Baptist Church, Mt. Olive Baptist, Mt. Triumph Baptist, and New Beginning Family Baptist Church; that we may grow in the grace and knowledge of Jesus Christ our Lord, we pray to you Lord. O God, hear our prayer; give ear to the words of our mouth. 

All we ask in union with Jesus Christ your Son, and our Lord and Savior. O God, hear our prayer; give ear to the words of our mouth. Amen.

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