"Your Mercies and Lovingkindness..." - 9 February 2020



O Lord Jesus Christ, our God, your mercies and loving-kindnesses have been from everlasting. You did become man and stooped to endure crucifixion and death for the salvation of all who rightly believe in you. You rose from the dead for our justification and ascended into heaven, and sit at the right hand of God the Father, from whence you shall come to judge the living and the dead; and as our great High Priest you regard the humble prayers of all who call upon you with their whole heart. Incline your ear and hear.

First of all remember your Holy Universal  Church, which you have purchased with your precious blood; this congregation; these churches in the greater OKC area: Faith Lutheran Church; Holy Trinity Lutheran; Immanuel Lutheran; and Lutheran Church of Our Savior; as well as your servants who are under persecution for your sake and for the sake of your holy gospel. Confirm and strengthen your Church, enlarge and multiply her, keep her in peace, and preserve her unconquerable by the gates of hell forever. Heal the factions, quench the fuming of the God-haters, speedily uproot the weeds of heresy and bring them to nothing by the power of your Holy Spirit. And mercifully look upon all ministers, pastors, Bishops and presbyters of your Church. May they build up and strengthen your people in all places, giving themselves faithfully to prayer and the ministry of the Word (Acts 6.4).

O Lord mercifully look upon those who hate us and despitefully use us. Help us to love our enemies, to do good to those who hate us, to bless those who curse us, and to pray for those who abuse us (Luke 6.27-28). Assist us to submit ourselves to every ordinance of man for your sake, whether to the President or to governors and judges, as to those who are sent by you for the punishment of evildoers and for the praise of those who do good. For we know and confess that this is your will, that by doing good we may put to silence the ignorance of foolish men (1 Peter 2.13-15). And mercifully look upon all world rulers and all other civil authorities. May their leadership lead toward peace and prosperity for all, as well as safety and security for your people in their lands.

O Lord mercifully look upon our parents (…), our spouses (…), our brothers and sisters (…), our children (…), our relatives and our friends (…), and grant them your blessings both here and hereafter. And mercifully look upon the aged, young, needy, orphans, widows, single parents, those grieving miscarriages, those in sickness and sorrow, distress and affliction, oppression and captivity, prison and confinement (especially these…). Remember them, visit, strengthen, keep, and comfort them, and make haste to grant them, by your power, relief, safety, freedom, or deliverance, as they may need.

O Lord mercifully look upon those who have never turned from their sins and believed in you, Lord Jesus, as well as those who have departed from the true faith and who have become dazzled by dissent and deviation (…). Enlighten them by the light of your Holy Spirit and bring them into the fold of your Holy Church. Amen.

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