Pastoral Prayer (Evening Worship) - 3 November 2013

{The following is a pastoral prayer reflecting the Westminster Shorter Catechism Q & A 100-107. This might be a helpful model to use on occasion in your church or in your personal prayers. You have my permission to use it, and if you do, would you post a comment with when and where. Thanks. Mike}

Our Father, we come to you with all holy reverence and confidence, as children drawing close to a father who is able and ready to help us. Hear our devout prayers and grant that those things which we ask faithfully we may obtain effectually through Jesus Christ our Lord.

May Your name be hallowed by us and all others so that we may glorify you in every way that you make yourself known. Arrange all things – all of our manners, hardships, needs, marriages, singleness, child-raising, childlessness, employments and all the governmental, national and international events and affairs of this world and our country-to Your own glory. O Lord, hear our prayer.

May Your kingdom come. We pray for your Church world-over, as well as Iglesia ni Cristo; Iglesia Senda de Vida; Israel Chapel Church; JesuCristo es mi Fortaleza; and Joy Mennonite Church; Destroy Satan’s kingdom, and advance your kingdom of grace, may we and others be brought into it and firmly kept in it (and we think esp. of these who have never turned in faith to Christ, or who have strayed away….), and may the kingdom of glory be hastened-Come, Lord Jesus! O Lord, hear our prayer.

We pray Your will be done on earth as it is in heaven; that you, by your grace, would make us able and willing to know, obey and submit to your will in all things, even as the angels do in heaven. O Lord, hear our prayer.

Give us this day our daily bread; that of your free gift we (and those who are in various difficulties and struggles and other deprivations…) may receive a competent portion of the good things of this life, [as far as it will serve your glory and our good] and may enjoy your blessing with them. O Lord, hear our prayer.

Forgive us our debts as we forgive our debtors; we are strongly encouraged to ask this, because by your grace we are enabled from the heart to forgive others; therefore, remembering that we have wronged you far more than anyone has ever wronged us, help us to be quick and ready to forgive those who wrong us, and swift and speedy to ask forgiveness from those whom we have wronged. O Lord, hear our prayer.

Lead us not into temptation, but deliver us from evil; that you would keep us from being tempted to sin, and when we are tempted, that you would support us and deliver us; and please, Father, beat down Satan under our feet. O Lord, hear our prayer.

Thine is the kingdom, and the power, and the glory forver. Amen.

All of these prayers we offer through Your Son, Jesus Christ, as we now sing:

Hear our prayer, O Lord, hear our prayer, O Lord; Incline 
Thine ear to us, & grant us Thy peace. Amen.


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