Sunday, February 25, 2018
"Our Father" - 25 February 2018
Our Father, who has cheerfully adopted us through Jesus Christ, we come and hand over our burdened hearts to you for this world and for your church.
We find that we are restless and uneasy about the things going on in our lives, amongst our friends and family, and in our world. Sickness, sorrow, trouble at home, problems at work, uncertainty about the future. We remember these who are wrestling and wrangling with specific misfortunes…; grant them and us courage, faith, graciousness, comfort and relief.
We thank you for the linemen, power crews and others who brave freezing cold and freighting storms to re-establish lost power, and preserve not only our comfort but our safety. And we are grateful for the many power crews, such as those from OG&E, who gave their time in Puerto Rico, working hours and days and weeks and months away from their families to help bring some healthy normalcy there. Preserve them all, and keep them safe.
We call upon you to take care of our country and all who are in authority. Promote our national well-being, defend us from malicious elements that would bring us into harm’s way, and cause us to utilize our liberties for the purpose of furthering justice and peace for the freeborn, the foreign born and the unborn. Thank you for hearing and answering our prayer for rain this past week. Please continue to supply all we need throughout the year.
We ask you to take note of the nations of our world, including Iraq, Ireland, Israel, and Italy, and even more pointedly, the places where there is conflict, slavery, brutality, anarchy, abortion, human trafficking and ferocious injustice; and cause justice and hope to reign in every land.
O Lord, we pray for your Church in all places, for this congregation, New Covenant Baptist Church, New Life Baptist, New Zion Baptist, and NewPointe Baptist Church. Keep us ever in your care, stirring up our hearts to serve you and to seek first your righteousness and your kingdom.
We give you our thanks for Billy Graham, the years and miles he covered to declare the Good News of Jesus Christ; for the many who came to faith through his endeavors; the graciousness and gentleness for which he was well known. May he rest in peace, and rise in glory – body and soul!
Finally, we plead for the salvation, transformation and rescue of those who have never believed in your Son and turned from their sins….. We also pray for the restoration of those who have strayed away from you…
All we ask in union with Jesus Christ your Son, and our Lord and Savior. Amen.