"I Will Give Thanks to the LORD..." Congregational Prayer - 18 August 2019

Praise the LORD! I will give thanks to the LORD with my whole heart, in the company of the upright, in the congregation. Great are the works of the LORD, studied by all who delight in them. Almighty God, we pray for your Church worldwide, including Fellowship Church, Hope Church, Life Changing Church and Life Church, as well as this congregation. Grant grace to be courageously committed to you; supply all that is lacking, whether valor, assets, good leaders, laborers or open doors. For the shepherds of your church, help us to maintain true doctrine and the Gospel of Jesus Christ, and may we be truly holy, all for the good of your Church and your glory. And for those in the ministry who are atheists, agnostics, predators, pedophiles, or wolves in sheep’s clothing, convert them, and where necessary, remove them and prosecute them.

Full of splendor and majesty is his work, and his righteousness endures forever. He has caused his wondrous works to be remembered; the LORD is gracious and merciful. He provides food for those who fear him; he remembers his covenant forever. Father, who by your almighty and everywhere present power, upholds – as it were by your hand – heaven, earth, and all creatures, and so governs them that herbs and grass, rain and drought, fruitful and barren years, food and drink, health and sickness, riches and poverty, come not by chance but by your fatherly hand: In grateful solace and solicitous gratitude, may we be patient when things go against us, thankful when things go well, and for the future have good confidence in you, our faithful God and Father, that nothing in creation will separate us from your love; for we are convinced that all creatures are so completely in your hand that without your will they can neither move nor be moved (Heidelberg Catechism 27-28).  

He has shown his people the power of his works, in giving them the inheritance of the nations. The works of his hands are faithful and just; all his precepts are trustworthy; they are established forever and ever, to be performed with faithfulness and uprightness. We ask you to strengthen those who are fighting against the carnage, inhumanity and evil in their lands. Please stop human trafficking; please stop the harassment of your Church. May all nations come to bow the knee to the Lord Jesus, and goodwill and wellbeing abound in all places. Also, we cry out to you to have mercy on our nation! Change the direction of the people and the rulers that we may become a nation of hard-working, fair-minded, well-educated, morally-sound people; and a hope-giving example to all the countries in our world. Restrain our leaders that they would keep their noses out of places they ought not to be sticking them. And give your aid and strength to all those in the U.S. Armed Forces… May they serve devotedly, fearlessly, admirably and honorably.

He sent redemption to his people; he has commanded his covenant forever. Holy and awesome is his name! The fear of the LORD is the beginning of wisdom; all those who practice it have a good understanding. His praise endures forever! O Father of mercies and God of all comfort, our only help in time of need: please behold, visit and relieve these … Mercifully look upon them; comfort them with a sense of your goodness; preserve them from the temptations of the enemy; and give them patience under their affliction. In your good time, restore them to health, and enable them to lead the residue of their life in your fear and to your glory; and grant that finally they may dwell with you in life everlasting. Finally, show your kindness and deploy your saving love to these who have never turned to Christ … Amen (From Psalm 111).


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