Congregational Prayer - 22 February 2015 PM
Our Father, who has cheerfully adopted us through Jesus Christ, we come and hand over our burdened hearts to you for this world and your church. We find that we are restless and uneasy about the things going on in our own lives, amongst our friends, families, and in our world. Sickness, sorrow, trouble at home, problems at work, uncertainty about the future. We remember these who are wrestling with specific misfortunes…grant them and us courage, faith, graciousness, comfort and relief. O Lord, hear our prayer.
Please uphold our Soldiers, Sailors, Airmen, Marines and Coast Guardsmen; strengthen them as they serve to be courageous in the face of adversities, and to be dutiful during drudgeries. Also, please calm and hearten their families during deployments, bringing them back to their families unharmed. O Lord, hear our prayer.
We call upon you to take care of our country and all who are in authority. Promote our national well-being, defend us from malicious elements that would bring us into harm’s way, and cause us to utilize our liberties for the purpose of furthering justice and peace for the born and unborn. Please take note of the nations of our world, especially the places where there is conflict, slavery, brutality, anarchy and ferocious injustice; and cause justice and hope to reign in every land (Mexico, Syria, Iraq, Nigeria). O Lord, hear our prayer.
O Lord, we pray for Your Church in all places, for this congregation, Springdale Baptist Church; Sunny Side Baptist; Sunnylane Missionary Baptist; Tabernacle Baptist; Tabitha Baptist and The Cross Baptist Church. Please keep us ever in your care, stirring up our hearts to serve you with joyful persistence and energy, and to seek first your righteousness and your kingdom. O Lord, hear our prayer.
We plead with you to change the hearts of those who are your and our enemies, those who harm, hamper and behead your people; please save and convert them that they may come and bow the knee to Jesus with us – and if they will not, then break them and shatter their power to do evil. O Lord, hear our prayer.
Mighty God, who does not desire the death of sinners, but that they should turn and live: hear our prayers for the salvation of friends, family members, co-workers and neighbors...And in this regard may your hand be on us as we prepare for the Mission trip to Carnegie in June, our Outreach VBS in July and our involvement with the Good News Festival in August. O Lord, hear our prayer.