"God be merciful to us & bless us, & cause His face to shine upon us.
That Your way may be known on earth, Your salvation among all nations.
Let the peoples praise You, O God; Let all the peoples praise You.
Oh, let the nations be glad & sing for joy!"
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"The LORD Reigns; He is Robed in Majesty" - 3 July 2016
(If you find this prayer helpful, I would be delighted for you to feel free to incorporate it in your devotional time, group Bible study, congregational prayers, etc. Mike)
“The LORD reigns; he is robed in majesty; the LORD is robed; he has
put on strength as his belt. Yes, the world is established; it shall never be
moved. Your throne is established from of old; you are from everlasting.” Since
righteousness exalts a nation, but sin is a reproach to any people, we
earnestly and heartily pray to you, O reigning God, for our country. We pray
that we and our fellow residents will honor parents and all legitimate
authorities, instead of affronting their aging parents, teachers, police officers
or magistrates. We pray that we and the people of this country would turn away
from murder in its various shapes and would pursue all lawful endeavors to
preserve life. We pray that we and the occupants of this land would renounce sexual
immorality and embrace chastity and life-long monogamy. We pray that we and the
inhabitants of our nation would cast aside all of the ways that unjustly
hinders our own or our neighbor’s wealth and outward estate and would rather engage
in legitimate ways of advancing their own and other’s lawful prosperity. We pray
that we and the folks within our boarders would discard false-witness bearing
and would become a people who promote truth and their neighbor’s good name. We
pray that we all would stop hungering and hankering after their neighbor’s wives,
husbands, property and prosperity, and would grow in charitableness and full
contentment with their condition.
floods have lifted up, O LORD, the floods have lifted up their voice; the
floods lift up their roaring. Mightier than the thunders of many waters,
mightier than the waves of the sea, the LORD on high is mighty!”
We implore you who are enthroned in the heavens, to exercise your special
providence toward your Church in this place, in Mauritania; Mauritius; Mexico;
Micronesia; Moldova; Monaco; Mongolia; Montenegro; Morocco; and Mozambique; and your church throughout the world. May
civil righteousness and goodness prevail in all lands that your church may lead
a peaceful and quiet life, godly and dignified in every way; so that the Gospel
may speed ahead and be honored, as happened among us.
decrees are very trustworthy; holiness befits your house, O LORD, forevermore.”
We are very grateful for our country, and the liberties you have bequeathed to
us. We are thankful for the various salutary advantages entrusted to us. And
most of all, we are deeply appreciative of the gifts of your Son and your
Spirit in whom we have new life, new standing, and new hope. We pray for
friends and family who have never repented of their sins and believed in
Christ….and we entreat your restoring, reviving mercies for those who once
claimed to be Christians but now – through neglect or negligence – are no
longer walking with your Son… Finally,
we beseech your continued provision for this congregation as we look for suitable
sisters to take up leadership roles in WIC; as we start thinking about Care
Groups, Care Group facilitators and host homes; and as we move closer to VBS.
And Lord, we ask for your strength, comfort, mending, and support for those who
are sick, ailing, dark, dreary, unsettled, uncertain, grieving or groaning….
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