Sunday, February 10, 2019
"O Lord Mercifully Look Upon..." - 10 February 2019
O Lord Jesus Christ, our great God and Savior, your mercies and loving-kindnesses have been from everlasting. You became man and stooped to endure crucifixion and death for the salvation of all your people. You rose from the dead for our justification, ascended into heaven, and sit at the right hand of God the Father, from whence you shall come to judge the living and the dead; and as our great High Priest you regard the humble prayers of all who call upon you with their whole heart. Incline your ear and hear.
O Lord mercifully look upon your Holy Universal Church, which you have purchased with your precious blood, this congregation, and these churches in the greater OKC area: Edmond Trinity Christian Church, First Christian of OKC and of Edmond, and Hilcrest Christian Church; and your servants who are under persecution for your sake and for the sake of your holy gospel. Preserve your Church unconquerable by the gates of hell forever. Heal the factions, quench the fuming of the God-haters, speedily uproot the weeds of heresy and bring the heresies to nothing by the power of your Holy Spirit. Guide all ministers, pastors, Bishops and presbyters of your Church. May they build up and strengthen your people in all places, giving themselves faithfully to prayer and the ministry of the Word (Acts 6.4).
O Lord mercifully look upon the United Methodist Church as they meet in their specially called General Convention at the end of this month. Support those who love your truth and love your people; and stop dead in their tracks those who love their revisionism more than your righteousness.
O Lord mercifully look upon those who hate us and despitefully use us. Help us to love our enemies, to do good to those who hate us, to bless those who curse us, and to pray for those who abuse us (Luke 6.27-28). Assist us to in submit ourselves to every ordinance of man for your sake, whether to the President, or to governors, judges, or State legislators, as to those who are sent by you for the punishment of evildoers and for the praise of those who do good, so that by doing good we may silence the ignorance of foolish men (1 Peter 2.13-15). And assist all world rulers and civil authorities, so that their leadership would advance toward peace and prosperity for all, as well as safety and security for your people in their lands.
O Lord mercifully look upon our parents (…), our spouses (…), our brothers and sisters (…), our children (…), our relatives and our friends (…), and grant them your blessings both here and hereafter; bring renewed healthiness to those relations that are hurtfully ruptured; bring sanity and sober-mindedness to those who are acting senseless.
O Lord mercifully look upon the aged, young, needy, orphans, foster kids, widows, single parents, those in sickness and sorrow, distress and affliction, oppression and captivity, prison and confinement (especially these…..). Remember, visit, strengthen, keep, and comfort them, and make haste to grant them, by your power, relief, safety, freedom, or deliverance, as they may need.
O Lord mercifully look upon those who have never turned from their sins and believed in you, as well as those who have departed from the true faith, becoming dazzled by dissent and deviation (…), enlighten them by the light of your Holy Spirit, and bring them into the fold of your Holy Church. Amen.