Pastoral Prayer - 15 June 2014 PM (Father's Day)
Sheol is naked before you, O God, and Abaddon has no covering. You stretch out the north over the void and hang the earth on nothing. You bind up the waters in your thick clouds, and the cloud is not split open under them. You have inscribed a circle on the face of the waters at the boundary between light and darkness. The pillars of heaven tremble and are astounded at your rebuke. By your power you stilled the sea; by your understanding you shattered the sea monster. By your wind the heavens were made fair. You have made and ordered all these things, and behold, these are but the outskirts of your ways! Yet where shall we find wisdom? And where is the place of understanding? You have said to man, ‘Behold, the fear of the Lord, that is wisdom, and to turn away from evil is understanding’ (Job 26.6-14; 28.12, 28). May we be God-fearing people who eschew evil and pursue you, especially as you have revealed yourself in your word, and in The Word. O Lord, hear our prayer.
Lord God, hear our prayer for your Church world-over; Grand Blvd AOG; High Pointe Church; Hilltop AOG; Inner-City Church; New Life AOG; as well as our Chaplains – Maj. Shannon Philio; Capt. Barnabas Kim; Maj. Tom Faichney; CDR Todd Orren; Capt Mike Turpin Jr; CDR David Tubley; and LtC Chip Huey Jr. You save a humble people, but the haughty eyes you bring down. You, O Lord God, lighten their darkness. By you they can run against a troop, and by you, O God, they can leap over a wall. Your way is perfect; your word proves true; you are a shield for all those who take refuge in him (Psalm 18.27-30). Preserve your people, and empower them in all godliness and goodness. O Lord, hear our prayer.