Congregational Prayer - 21 September 2014 PM

LORD God, you are the Holy One of Israel who has promised that “in returning and rest” we shall be saved; “in quietness and in trust shall be” our strength. Grant us to lay aside our rootless rambling and turn to your resilient reliability and to find our strength in quietness and trust. Help us, Lord God, bind up the brokenness of your people and heal the wounds inflicted by your blows (Isaiah 30.15, 26). O Lord, hear our prayer.

Lord Jesus, who brought health and wholeness to ten lepers; grant the same for those for whom we pray – those closer to the door of death than we may even know, those crushed in heart and soul, those hobbled by physical feebleness or emotional exhaustion, and those shattered by the hammer of afflictions – that they may come, like the one Samaritan leper who returned to you, and give you praise (Luke 17.11-19). O Lord, hear our prayer.

Lord our God, we acknowledge that our nation often turns things upside down. But shall the potter be regarded as the clay, that the thing made should say of its maker, “He did not make me”; or the thing formed say of him who formed it, “He has no understanding” (Isaiah 29.16)? O dear God, bring our country to its senses that we may be in our right mind. Bring sober minded – sound minded – sobriety to predominate in our national government, in our decision-making and discussions, in our policies and judicial decisions, and in our lives lived in this land. O Lord, hear our prayer.

And Mighty God, with regard to the international landscape; we pray for the day to come when the deaf shall finally hear your words, and out of the gloom and darkness the eyes of the blind will see; when the meek shall obtain fresh joy in the LORD, and the poor among mankind will exult in the Holy One of Israel. When the ruthless will come to nothing, the scoffer will cease, and all who watch to do evil shall be cut off (Isaiah 29.18-20). Lord God, accelerate the coming of that day. O Lord, hear our prayer.

We beseech you on behalf of your church throughout the world, as well as First Baptist of Edmond; First Free Will Baptist of Edmond; First Missionary Baptist, First Southern Baptist; and Followers of Christ Baptist Church: along with our Reformed University Fellowships at Baylor; RUF at UT-Tyler; RUF at Univ. of North Texas in Denton; that your people would be strong and courageous; they would not be afraid nor dismayed before the kingdom-resistors and their horde, for he who is in us is greater than he who is in the world; you are with us LORD God, to help us and to fight our battles (2 Chronicles 32.7-8, 1 John 4.4); make haste, O God, to deliver us, make haste to help us, O Lord (Psalm 70.1). O Lord, hear our prayer.


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