Pastoral/Congregational Prayer for the Evening Service, 12 May 2013
Jesus encourages us in Luke 11: “I tell you, ask, and it will be given to you; seek, and you will find; knock, and it will be opened to you. For everyone who asks receives, and the one who seeks finds, and to the one who knocks it will be opened” (Luke 11.9-10).
Let us pray:
Lord God, who practices steadfast love, justice and righteousness in the earth (Jeremiah 9.24): hear us as we pray for our crazy, mixed up world, where harmless bystanders and students are mowed down in classrooms and malls by gunmen, kidnapped at an early age and held in captivity for years, starved, battered, and robbed. And where governing authorities fund and protect those who abort children, cover for those who traffick in drugs and market human bondage. Bring sanity and judgment to bear, that the peoples of this land and all countries may sleep in peace and live in quietness. Lord, hear our prayer.
Mighty God, as the Boy Scouts of America vote soon on whether or not to maintain their membership standards, we pray that you would keep them from falling into the trap of craving respectability, corporate approval, and loving money (which is the root of all kinds of evil – 1 Tim. 6.10). Help them to maintain their oath, that they would be honorable, do their duty to God and their country, to obey the Scout Law, help other people at all times; to keep themselves physically strong, mentally awake and morally straight. Lord, hear our prayer.
Hear our prayer, O Lord, hear our prayer, O Lord; Incline Thine ear to us, & grant us Thy peace. Amen. Trinity Hymnal #728