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Sunday, July 15, 2018

"Father Almighty" - 15 July 2018



O God, the Father Almighty, Maker of heaven and earth, who has promised that you will never leave us nor forsake us, so that we may boldly say, The LORD is my helper, I will not fear, what can man do to me (Hebrews 13.5-6) we pray for your Church throughout the nations, including Followers of Christ Baptist Church; 40th Street Baptist; Glorieta Baptist and Grace Community church. Look upon our needs and provide all of the good things necessary for us to do the work you have called us to do. Stir up the glowing embers of our hearts, stoking the fires of joy, love and holiness in us that we may be encouraged to remain faithful to you and consistent in their lives.

Look on this congregation with your favor. In the words of your servant, Paul, help us to increase more and more, aspiring to lead quiet lives, to mind our own business, and to work with our own hands, that we may walk properly toward those who are outside, lacking nothing (1 Thessalonians 4.11-12). Further, we lift up to you our Vacation Bible School starting tomorrow. Encourage all who will be serving, teaching, and coaching. Thank you for the honor of having all these kids come. May they not only enjoy their time, but learn about your Son, and see your love displayed. May this be a time of strengthening young believers in the grace and knowledge of Jesus Christ. And also, for any who are unbelievers, may your Spirit work on them through the songs, Bible stories, and interactions with the adults, that they may come to embrace Jesus freely offered in the Gospel.

We call out to you for those who need to turn away from their sins and believe in Christ, for those who have strayed away and need to be restored…. Turn them away from the darkness to submit to the Son of your love, Jesus Christ.

O Eternal God, as you guided our forefathers to promote and guarantee life, liberty and the pursuit of happiness; so guide us now – citizens, residents and leaders – to properly and honorably maintain these gifts. Fill the chairs in our Supreme Court with sensible and sound justices who will decide cases in ways that are true to our founding principles, true to righteousness, and truly noble.

Hear us, O Lord, as we plead with you for the nations of this fractured and sometimes vicious world, including Serbia, Seychelles, Sierra Leone, and Singapore. Restore peaceful and legitimate order, securing harmony and prosperity for the peoples of every nation, that all may enjoy a fruitful life, and that your Church in all places may live in tranquility and security. Thank you for bringing about the rescue of the Thai boys soccer team; and for the rescuers from multiple countries.

We intercede on behalf of those who are distraught with poor health, sparse resources, domestic strife, restless fears and anxieties….. Refresh them, raise them up, give them hope and health, and grant them the friends, sources, and partners they need to recover.

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