Congregational Prayer - 26 October 2014 PM
O God you are our refuge and strength, a very present help in trouble. Therefore supply us with such unswerving steadfastness and bolstered belief in you that we will not fear; even though the earth gives way, the mountains are moved into the heart of the sea, the earth’s waters roar and foam, the mountains tremble and swell (Psalm 46.1-3); whether economies collapse, or pandemics erupt; whether ailments assault us personally or calamity crashes into our lives. For we recognize that of all people we should always walk in buoyant conviction because Christ is risen from the dead and that makes us conquerors in all of these circumstances (Romans 8.35-39). O Lord, hear our prayer.
We pray for your Church in all places, including Greater Trinity Baptist Church; Greater Gethsemane Baptist; Harvest Hills Baptist; and Heartland Freewill Baptist Church: Revive your Church, Lord God, your mighty arm make bare; speak with the voice that wakes the dead, and make your people hear. Revive your Church, Lord God, create soul-thirst for you; and hungering for the Bread of Life, O may our spirits be. Revive your Church, Lord God, exalt your precious name; and, by your Holy Ghost, our love for you and yours inflame (Adapted from Trinity Hymnal #370, “Revive Thy Work, O Lord”). O Lord, hear our prayer.
For the nations of the world and our own land, we pray for peace and plenty, health and wholesomeness. We ask you to establish real justice in all places, and bring wars and blood feuds to an end. Help countries whose infrastructures are disintegrating to regain their balance and boost the re-establishment of sane commerce, safe drinking water, sewer systems that work, as well as fair and free education. And make things safe and secure for your Church in all places. O Lord, hear our prayer.
Thank you for hearing our prayers for Pastor John, both his work in Malaysia and his travels. Help him to rebound and recover speedily. O Lord, hear our prayer.
Finally, Lord God, we pray for the aging, the aggrieved, the ailing, the aching…refresh them with your plentiful mercies, lift their hearts, and grant them relief. O Lord, hear our prayer.