Pastoral Prayer: 23 February 2014
Father, we supplicate your mercies on behalf of those whose lives are a mess…; whose bodies are damaged…; whose minds feel like they are crumbling…; whose hopes are shattered…; whose families are in unrest…; whose vocational circumstances are risky…; and others in serious need of help…; bring them to sing of your strength; to sing aloud of your steadfast love in the morning. Be their fortress and refuge in the day of their distress (Psalm 59.16). O Lord, hear our prayer.
Lord God, we pray for your church in all places – including Rhema Bible Church; River of Life Church; Rosh Pinah Messianic Congregation; Christ PCA-Claremore; City Presbyterian; Redeemer PCA-Edmond; Trinity PCA-Owasso. We ask that by the guidance of your Spirit and the direction of your Scriptures, their hearts may be encouraged, being knit together in love, so as to reach all the riches of full assurance of understanding and the knowledge of your mystery, which is Christ, in whom are hidden all the treasures of wisdom and knowledge (Colossians 2.2-3). But we also call upon you to clean out all the works of the flesh, sexual immorality, impurity, sensuality, idolatry, sorcery, enmity, strife, jealousy, fits of anger, rivalries, dissensions, divisions, envy, drunkenness, orgies, and things like these (Galatians 5.19-21) and replace them with the fruit of the Spirit… O Lord, hear our prayer.
Lord God, who does not desire the death of sinners, but that they should be turned from their sin and be saved; look kindly upon our loved ones…, our acquaintances… and our enemies… have compassion on them, mercifully forgive them their trespasses by changing their hearts and turning them from unbelief and hardness of heart, to rely upon your Son Jesus Christ, and to submit to him. O Lord, hear our prayer.
God of justice and uprightness, who practices steadfast love, justice, and righteousness in the earth (Jeremiah 9.24b); thank you for those in our communities who rightly and conscientiously protect us from lawlessness; our law enforcement officers, detectives, sheriffs and deputies, highway patrol and other peace officers. Keep them safe as they bravely face off against evil; Fill them with courage when they are startled; Endue them with sympathy as they come upon scenes of catastrophe and hurt; and invest them with greater skill, shrewdness, and sense as they work to head off those who would molest and harm others. O Lord, hear our prayer.
Finally, we ask for you to move in all lands and countries, especially Ukraine and Venezuela. Guide presidents, prime ministers and premiers to work for the best interests of their people, bringing a stop to bloodletting and bullying; for the good of all and the well-being of your people. And we pray that you would bring about the release of Sgt. Bergdahl (and others) being held by the Taliban in Afghanistan. O Lord, hear our prayer.
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. Trinity Hymnal #728