Pastoral Prayer: 29 June 2014 PM
Ever-living, ever-powerful God, who shows mercy to whomever you chose to show mercy, and compassion to whomever you chose to show compassion (Romans 9.15-18): you desire from us steadfast love and mercy and not sacrifice; and the knowledge of God rather than burnt offerings (Hosea 6.8). Grant us to serve you with a whole heart and a willing mind for you search all hearts and understand every plan and thought (1 Chronicles 28.9). O Lord, hear our prayer.
Lord God, hear our prayer for your Church world-over; Spring Creek AOG; Triumph Family Church; Antioch International Baptist Church; Baptist Temple and Bethel Baptist Church; as well as our Denomination’s Chaplains – Clint Stockton; Jim Pfeiffer; Chris Wisdom; Steve Walton; Phil Hollstein; Mike Milton; Bob Owen and Stephen Scott. Grant your people to be strong and courageous and move forward with your mission; to not be afraid nor dismayed, for you promise that you will never leave them nor forsake them in fulfilling your purpose (1 Chronicles 28.20). O Lord, hear our prayer.
Our Father, with a sigh of relief and some sense of satisfaction we thank you for this past week and the VBS; and thank you for all of those who helped with the preparations, planning, and the performance. And, Lord, some of the paint has been chipped on our souls; there are a few extra gouges, chinks, scuff-marks and scraps on our hearts. Please patch up and freshen up those who feel a bit frazzled; make supple those who feel a bit more brittle; put a new spring in the steps of those feeling tuckered out. Finally, bring all of our work to good effect. O Lord, hear our prayer.
O God, we often pray for our leaders, airing our concerns and voicing our frustrations. But is it not true, O our God, that an irreligious, uncivil, greedy, and morally untethered citizenry often brings about the kind of government that is unrighteous, overbearing, expropriating and pragmatic in its morality? Help us to be brutally honest with you and with ourselves, O Lord. “We the People of the United States” need serious help! We need a moral make-over; we need to become a God-fearing people who care deeply for liberty and justice for all – for the family next door, down the street, and those around the corner – whether they are free-born, foreign-born, or unborn; and we need to turn to you. Lord God, have mercy on this country. O Lord, hear our prayer.