Pastoral Prayer (P.M.) - 13 April 2014

Blessed are you, O Lord our God, who chose us in Christ before the foundation of the world, that we should be holy and blameless before you. In love you predestined us for adoption as sons through Jesus Christ, according to the purpose of your will, to the praise of your glorious grace, with which you have blessed us in the Beloved (Ephesians 1.4-6). Almighty and eternal God, the strength of those who believe and the hope of those who find their faith watery-thin; fortify our hearts to have toughened, intensified trust in you, that through whatever trials we must wade we may believe and rejoice with joy that is inexpressible and filled with glory, obtaining the outcome of our faith, the salvation of our souls (1 Peter 1.8-9). O Lord, hear our prayer.

LORD God who rescued your people from the enslaving taskmaster, liberating our forbearers from the house of bondage, having triumphed gloriously: we pray for those who are trapped by their cravings, predilections, and passions …show them the power you worked when you raised your Son from the grips of death; set them thoroughly free, and transform them through-and-through. O Lord, hear our prayer.

O God, whose glory it is always to have mercy: Be gracious to all who have gone astray from your ways – or those may be on the verge of doing so …, and bring them again with penitent hearts and steadfast faith to embrace and hold fast the unchangeable truth of your Word, Jesus Christ your Son, and the ordinarily essential fellowship of your Church (adapted from the Book of Common Prayer- 1979). O Lord, hear our prayer.

We pray on behalf of your Church world-over; this congregation; True Disciples Church; United Life Church; United Tribe for Christ Fellowship; Unity Baptist Church; Victory Church of Edmond; all of the congregations of the Christian Reformed Church; United Reformed Church of North America; and those affiliated with the National Association of Evangelicals. Spur your people on to love and good works. And since you resist the proud and give grace to the humble; may we submit to you and resist the Devil – for you promise he will flee from us; may we draw near to you for you promise to draw near to us; and may we humble ourselves in your sight, for you promise to exalt those who do so (James 4.6-10). O Lord, hear our prayer.

Holy God, who gives and maintains health and wholeness, when we would crumble under the pressure of our disintegrating world and deteriorating frames: Restore the bodies, dreams, hopes, and minds of those who are diseased, desperate, disconsolate or disturbed [especially those tackling and being tackled by Depression, Chronic Fatigue Syndrome, Fibromyalgia, MS, Cancer, Bipolar issues, Aging concernsdebilitating migraines, etc] O Lord, hear our prayer.

As your Spirit hovered over creation that was tohu v’bohu – formless and void, setting creation in order: may he hover over our world – all of the nations, regions, and tribes – and may he strongly bring about peace, justice and order. 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,
and grant us Thy peace (TH # 728).


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