"The LORD Reigns" Congregational Prayer - 30 June 2019

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. Reflecting on the 5th through 10th Commandment, we pray that we and our fellow residents will honor fathers and mothers and all legitimate authorities, instead of affronting 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 sophistications and would pursue all lawful endeavors to preserve life. We pray that we and the occupants of this land would renounce proud sexual immorality and embrace chastity and life-long monogamy. We pray that we and the inhabitants of our nation would cast aside all ways and means that unjustly hinder our own or our neighbor’s wealth and outward estate and would rather engage in legitimate practices of advancing one another’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 one another’s good name. We pray that all would stop hungering and hankering after neighbors’ wives, husbands, property and prosperity, and all would grow in charitableness and full contentment with our condition.

“The 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, at New Life Community Church, New Life Nazarene Church, Northview Church and Oakliff Church of the Nazarene; and throughout the world. May civil righteousness and goodness prevail in all lands so 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 has happened before.

“Your 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 you have 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 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 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…. All we ask in Jesus name. Amen (From Psalm 93).


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