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Sunday, July 1, 2018

"O God, the Father Almighty" - 1 July 2018



O God, the Father Almighty, Maker of heaven and earth, you execute lovingkindness, justice and righteousness in the earth, and in these you delight (Jeremiah 9.24). Glory to you, O Lord!

We pray for your Church throughout the nations, for Del View Baptist Church, Dickson Baptist, Downtown Baptist, and Dumas Ave Southern Baptist Church. Fill your dearly loved people with courage and divine determination as we aim at seeking first your kingdom and your righteousness; fill up all our lack; grant good health; guide our every step in godly ways, strengthening our desire to be faithful Disciples of Christ. And grant us to treat our enemies and detractors with the same gracious kindness you treated us when we were your enemies.

We call out to you those we know who need to repent of their sins and believe in Christ, as well as those who have strayed away and need to be restored, and those whose faith is traumatized… Turn them from the father of lies, and to embrace the Son of your love, Jesus Christ.

O Eternal God, through whose mighty power our ancestors in this country won their liberties of old; as we ponder again our nation’s independence this 4th of July, grant, we beseech you, that we and all the people of this land may have grace to maintain these liberties in righteousness and peace through Jesus Christ our Lord.  And we pray your mercy on our State. The elections may or may not have gone the way we wanted; the votes on issues and laws may or may not be satisfying to us. Nevertheless, we know you are Sovereign and govern, and so we pray for you to mercifully rule over us, and where needed, to overrule us.

Hear us, O Lord, as we petition your most holy, wise and powerful preserving and governing of the nations of this world, including Saint Kitts and Nevis, Saint Lucia, Saint Vincent and the Grenadines, and Samoa. Please bring under control the warring factions and chaotic turmoil plaguing many countries, restore peace and salubrious order, and build up what is honorable and wholesome.

We intercede on behalf of those who are distressed with poor health, scanty finances, family strife, nerve-wracking fears and tumultuous anxieties….. Raise them up, giving them hope, health and all the resources they need to recover.

God of the nations, peoples and tribes; we implore you to take our work done in Anadarko and Carnegie, work done in your name, and make it more bountiful and beneficial than we could possibly have done on our own. Take the Gospel we shared with the teens and kids there, and run with it, that these young ones may grow up in faith, hope and love. And may we one day stand with them before your mighty throne rejoicing in their salvation and the role you allowed us to have in it. 

We offer up to you our thanksgiving for all your generosity to us this past week…rain…safety in travel... renewed health… wellbeing… All we present to you in Jesus’ name. Amen.

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