Sunday, September 2, 2018
"Mighty God, Strong to Save" - 2 September 2018
Mighty God, strong to save, you have willingly accommodated yourself to us by not only speaking the Holy Scriptures, but in sending your Son to us, for us. We pray for your Church and the World. For this congregation (gathered and scattered) we pray: set the captives free, open the blind eyes, release the prisoners, turn our sorrows to gladness, and make our homes places of light, love, harmony and health.
We ask your watchful care to be bestowed on your Church throughout the world, including Mayfair Baptist Church, Meadowood Baptist, Mustang Heights Baptist, Nehemiah Baptist Church; and especially your people who are being hounded and harmed by predators and persecutors. Forgive us for trying to earn your unearnable love; stir up in us a greater trust and confidence in your Son Jesus Christ, and help us to toss away all false doctrine and false living which tarnish your generous kindness and your glorious majesty.
For all those who are being doubled over with pain; struggling with physical and emotional disintegration; and whipped and beaten by addictions, we pray….raise them up, restoring a deep and rich sense of wellbeing grounded in your mercy and in your Son. Grant them proper care, and draw them to yourself.
For the nations of this earth, including Trinidad and Tobago, Tunisia, Turkey, Turkmenistan, and Tuvalu, we ask you to give good and wholesome governmental administrations that will promote true peace, civility, and justice.
For our own nation we pray for safety, prosperity, and godliness from the president to the most humble citizen. May abortion, human-trafficking, pornography, bigotry and abuse be quailed and brought to an end. As we come to Labor Day, may we remember the importance of, and continue to maintain, a fair day’s wages for a fair day’s work and the value of having healthy working conditions. Please bless the industry and agriculture of this nation and its productivity.
Since your invisible attributes, namely, your eternal power and divine nature, have been clearly perceived, ever since the creation of the world, in the things that have been made (Romans 1.20); therefore we pray for the creation around us, its renewal and restoration, and its fullness and its flourishing. Remind us, and keep ever before our recall, that creation is our friend and not our slave; our stewardship and not our property.
Finally Lord, we long to see you act in the lives of people who have never confessed Christ Jesus as the Lord….those who have walked away from the faith…and those who claim to be enlightened atheists and skeptics…; Give them new hearts to believe in Christ, new eyes to see your work in our world, and new desires serve and love you always. All we ask through the mediation of your Son, Jesus Christ our Lord. Amen.