"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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Vespers - 9 September 2018
(Those in Prison):You who are Father
of the fatherless and protector of widows, who settles the solitary in a home; leads
out the prisoners to prosperity, but brings the rebellious to dwell in a
parched land (Psalm 68.5-6): we pray for those now in prison. So many, though
not all, have come from broken homes, fatherless homes, and violent homes. It
is no excuse for their criminal activities, but it causes us great concern. We
pray that you will visit them with your mercy and grace that they may come to
truly know you as Father of the fatherless and help of the homeless. Bring them
to genuine repentance and away from jailhouse religion. We pray this especially
for those presently on death row, and specifically the 47 on the rolls in
Oklahoma, some of whom have been on death row since 1994. Bless andenhance those who visit prisoners to
show them better ways and The Better Way of Jesus. Those who have been jailed
unjustly, we pray that their innocence will become clear as day, and they would
be released and restored.O Lord, hear our prayer.
(Crime Victims and Families): Just as you were conscious of your peoples’
affliction in Egypt as they suffered at the cruel hands of their task masters
and said “I have surely seen the affliction of my people who are in Egypt and
have heard their cry because of their taskmasters. I know their sufferings”
(Exodus 3.7); so you have heard the cries and weeping of those who have suffered
from wrongdoing, and those whose loved ones have fallen at the hands of
criminals…We pray for the living victims that evil may be crushed, and their
lives and wellbeing restored. We pray for the families grieving the violent
death of those they loved, that you would comfort them in their heartache,
bring justice to bear, and give them hope, even in the hurt. O
Lord, hear our prayer.
(Those with Addictions): Lord Jesus, who at your
ascension ascended on high, led a host of captive in your train and received
gifts among men, even among the rebellious, (Psalm 68.18): we pray for those
who are shackled and trapped in their addictions...your resurrection and ascension
emancipates the enslaved and restores liberty to the caged. May they come to
know you and find you redeeming and releasing them, and see you set their lives
in order and equip them to aid others into liberation. O Lord, hear our prayer.
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