Congregational Prayer - 30 November 2014 PM
Through all the changing scenes of life, in trouble and in joy, the praises of my God shall still my heart and tongue employ. Fear Him, ye saints, and you will then have nothing else to fear; make you His service your delight; he’ll make your wants His care (Tinity Hymnal #624, v.1 and 6).
As a congregation, we give thanks to you, O God, for all your care and sustaining mercies. We ask you to awaken our hearts – hearts often numbed by the rush and rumble of our daily lives – awaken our hearts to be consistently thankful and grateful for the big and simple things we are given. Things like daily bread, children and grandchildren, friends, parents and grandparents, the ability to enjoy the taste of food and wine; and also a church family. Grant us the wisdom and will to promote peace with all people, as far as it depends on us; O Lord, hear our prayer.
For Your Church throughout the world, (including Mayfair Baptist Church; Meadowwood Baptist; Meridian Ave Baptist; Metropolitan Baptist; and Mount Horeb Baptist Church) Give strength, courage and joy to the faithful; hope and assurance to the doubtful; help and aid to the needful; reformation and restoration to the culpable; O Lord, hear our prayer.
We remember those who are thrown around by the stormy seas of emotional and physical distress, as well as those clambering to get above the overwhelming troubles of their lives….Please look kindly on them and supply them with every good and perfect gift that will restore them and encourage their hearts, so that they may rise up and give you thanks; O Lord, hear our prayer.
We are grateful for those who have served and are presently serving in the U.S. Armed Forces. We implore you to watch over them,…..May they see your daily care for them as you preserve them; O Lord, hear our prayer.
We cry out to you to graciously intrude into the lives and hearts of those who have never repented of their sins and trusted in Jesus Christ for their salvation, and those who have wandered away……; O Lord, hear our prayer.
Overrule and rule over the leaders and peoples of every nation so that peace, harmony, justice and prosperity might prevail for the good of all; that your Word may run swiftly and be glorified and your Church kept safe; O Lord, hear our prayer.
And we pray especially for all that is going on in Ferguson MO, those who livelihoods and lives are being demolished in the name of justice – those who have truly born the long days and nights of injustice – those who are angered, agitated and aflame; O God! Cause righteousness, justice, peace and order to be restored. May your church there be a voice of sanity, and a cause of healing. O Lord, hear our prayer.