Sunday, March 18, 2018
"Father to the Fatherless, Helper to the Helpless" - 18 March 2018
Our Father, you who are a father to the fatherless, helper to the helpless, defender of those who are defenseless; you see that we have no power in ourselves to help ourselves. Please keep us both outwardly in our bodies and inwardly in our souls, so that we may be defended from all adversities which may happen to our bodies and from all evil that that may assault and hurt our souls!
We remember these who are tackling and being tackled by specific trials …May it please you to calm, compose, and clear them according to their particular needs. Give them enduring patience under their sufferings and a satisfactory ending to all their afflictions.
Please safeguard our country, as well as all other nations in our world, including Kosovo, Kuwait, and Kyrgyzstan. Also, we implore you to direct the hearts and minds, deliberations and decisions of all the leaders in your ways of justice and truth on behalf of the favored and ill-favored, the mighty and meager, and the powerful and puny.
O Lord, we pray for your Church all over this round globe, this congregation, Sunnylane Freewill Baptist Church, Sunnylane Missionary Baptist, True Light Missionary Baptist, Valley View Baptist and Vietnamese First Baptist Church; as well as the Native American Methodist lay-ministers I’ll be talking with today. Give us help in time of need, and inspire our witness-bearing of Jesus your Son, that many may know the freshness of your forgiveness and the power of his resurrection.
We pray that by your mercies you would forgive our aggressors, intimidators and defamers and turn their hearts to you. May our conduct among the Gentiles always be honorable, so that when they speak against us as evildoers, they may see our good deeds and glorify you on the day of visitation (1 Peter 2.12).
We plead for the salvation, transformation and rescue of those who have never believed in your Son, and we pray for the restoration of those who have turned away from you...
Mighty Savior – mighty over death and the devil; mighty over addictions and obsessions; mighty over coercions and cruelties; mighty to save and mighty to sustain! We pray for the addicted and those abused…that you would surround them and fill them (body, heart, mind and soul – their whole being) with your liberating strength and your undefeatable love! Be with their families, so that they may be like the ruler of the synagogue who ran to you in desperation, crying out to you for his dying daughter, and his faith was not in vain. Therefore give them hope, steady their nerves, calm their fears, and grant them to see you mightily liberating their addicted and abused loved ones. And grant us the brains and the backbone to know when and how to step in to protect either.
Finally, Lord, we thank you for your generous goodness to us. Thank You for this country in which we live, our families, our health, food, clothing,… All this we thank you for and ask, we do so in union with Jesus Christ your Son, and our Lord and Savior. Amen.