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Sunday, April 22, 2018

"Hear In Heaven" - 22 April 2018


Almighty God, Heavenly Father, you have summoned us to pray for the Church and the world, that your grace and salvation might become known to all. And you have promised that as we pray in the name of your Son Jesus Christ, you hear us and answer us. And so we pray in the name of Christ, hear in heaven our prayer and our plea, and maintain our cause (1 Kings 8.45).

For those in need…; the poor and the hungry…; the homeless and unemployed…; those hit by the wildfires and those helping to rebuild…; the sick and lonely…; may they receive the right help at the right time in their distress, and find real relief. And so we pray, hear in heaven our prayer and our plea, and maintain our cause (1 Kings 8.45).

For those who have not yet believed…; all in spiritual need…; and those who have stumbled and fallen…; bring them faith, hope and comfort in Jesus Christ. And so we pray, hear in heaven our prayer and our plea, and maintain our cause (1 Kings 8.45).

For the peace and security of the nations of this world – including Mali, Malta, Marshall Islands, and Mauritania; for the end of war and violent oppression; and for the end of exploitation and eradication; that there may be peace in our times so that the peoples of the earth may receive the Prince of Peace. And so we pray, hear in heaven our prayer and our plea, and maintain our cause (1 Kings 8.45).

For our own country, those who govern and misgovern, and for all the people – free born, foreign born and unborn – that we may have justice, security, and well-being. And continue the appropriate rains and shower we need for our crops, cattle, privations and provisions. And so we pray, hear in heaven our prayer and our plea, and maintain our cause (1 Kings 8.45).

For your one, holy, catholic and apostolic church – including Calvary Baptist; Cornerstone Baptist; Edmond Road Baptist; and First Baptist of OKC, Del City, Moore, and Edmond – for her pastors and leaders and all her people; that they may be faithful to the Word of God and prove to be the light of Christ to the nations of the world. And so we pray, hear in heaven our prayer and our plea, and maintain our cause (1 Kings 8.45).

For our own congregation, our elders and deacons, those who give their time and toil to teach Sunday School, those who serve quietly and unobserved, the parents with children in the home, and each of us in our vocations; may we prove to be Christ’s disciples in both word and deed. And so we pray, hear in heaven our prayer and our plea, and maintain our cause (1 Kings 8.45).

For the children we are supporting and caring for through Compassion International, and their families: Obet in Indonesia; Fika in Indonesia; Emmanuel in Ghana; Christell in Peru; Arlyn in El Slavador; and Yeidi in Columbia. May our monies, prayers and letters truly help them. May they flourish in health and education, and have clean drinking water. And may they know you and your Son Jesus Christ. And so we pray in the name of Christ, hear in heaven our prayer and our plea, and maintain our cause (1 Kings 8.45). Amen.

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