Sunday, July 8, 2018
"Maker of Heaven and Earth" - 8 July 2018
O God, the Father Almighty, Maker of heaven and earth, Giver of all good gifts, we pray for your Church throughout the nations, Eagle Heights Church; Eastwood Baptist; Emmaus Baptist; and Exchange Ave Baptist. Sustain us through the hard and happy times. Look upon our needs and provide all good things necessary for us to do the work you have called us to. Strangely warm our hearts, inspire in us greater and greater holiness.
Kindly look on this congregation: give patience and joy to all the parents as they raise their children in your righteous ways. Aid the single that they may resist the pressures of our world and keep themselves chaste. Enrich our marriages that they may be full of harmony, hope, and health. Strengthen the young adults to continue to follow Christ faithfully. May our children (younger and older) embrace the Christian faith we have been handing on to them with gusto and confidence. And may the fruit of the Spirit…..grow large in all of us.
We call out to you for those we know who have strayed away from the Faith; those who are lost; and those whose faith has been unsettled …. Turn them away from the darkness to embrace the Son of our love, Jesus Christ.
We intercede on behalf of those who are distressed by poor health, scanty finances, family strife, unemployment, panicky fears and tumultuous anxieties … (12 Soccer boys, their coach and the rescuers at the Tham Luang Cave in Thailand)… Raise them up and bring them forth safely, giving them hope, health and all that they need to recover.
We pray for all countries, including San Marino, Sao Tome and Principe, Saudi Arabia, and Senegal: since “Righteousness exalts a nation, but sin is a reproach to any people” (Proverbs 14.34), may righteousness win in every land!
O God, by your creating mankind in your own image you did bestow on all people certain, unalienable rights. We come today in rich gratitude for these God-given liberties which are assumed in the Declaration of Independence, described in the U.S. Constitution and longed for world over. Thank You, Father, for your directing providence and gift of courage that guided our forbearers to stand against tyranny and to fight for true liberty. Please protect our soldiers, sailors, airmen and marines today, especially those who face numerous dangers and depravations to defend these liberties. Shield our police officers and firefighters who risk much to keep us safe. Guide our national leaders, our legislators, governors and judiciary that they will be firmly steered by our founding principles, protecting and promoting liberty and justice for all – for the free born, foreign born and unborn. Prosper all honest industry, our farmers, our educators, public servants, the self-employed, the medical and helping professions, and others, so that our country may flourish. Deliver us from all natural catastrophes, plagues, famines, pestilence, drought, war, and rebellion. May the religious always be safe to live out their faith in this nation. May the citizens of this land always strive for a godly, moral and ethical excellence in every situation. We joyfully commend these United States of America into your safe keeping, and implore you for Jesus Christ’s sake to hear our prayers. Amen.