"O Lord God, Unlike Us..." - 3 December 2023
O Lord God,
unlike us in your very being, unlimited by space, unrestrained by time,
untouched by mortality, and unmarred by sin; yet you made us to bear and
reflect your image in some way so that we might have warm communion with you!
And even more, after our open rebellion you sent your Son who became as
full-bloodedly and full-bodily human as we are to bring us back into communion
with you! What an astounding thought! O Lord, we adore you and thank you! In grateful
communion with you we plead with you for the world and the Church.
Look upon the
nations of this world, including our own country. See all of the spite,
insurrections, commotions, mayhem, wars, droughts, flooding, wild-fires,
government-approved barbarity, orchestrated impoverishments, socially
sanctioned human-sex-and-drug trafficking, as well as tribal and racial
bigotry. We implore you to steer, steady and stabilize all nations; restore and
renew sound justice; bring substantial relief; provide help to the orphaned,
homeless, vulnerable, trafficked, insolvent, and deprived; and institute a
peace that will foster tranquility so that all may flourish and enjoy some
sense of hopeful order, for the good of all and your Church. Preserve and
protect our military members, particularly those who are close to danger at
home and abroad, as well as our area firefighters, first responders, and Law Enforcement Officers.
before you those who are crippled with tragedy, debilitating conditions,
physical and mental anguish, and hardships (…). Raise them up, delivering and
restoring them body and soul that they may happily serve you all the rest of
their days. We pray for our friends at Project 66, RestoreOKC, Hope Center of
Edmond, and the Oklahoma Baptist Homes for Children. Smile on their
undertakings, granting them all they need and everyone they need to greatly aid
those who are in need.
O Lord, use
the carols and plentiful reminders of this Advent and Christmas season to make
soft and sensitive those hearts that are hardened, and to make receptive and
responsive those who are callous and coldhearted.
Look upon your global church, including this congregation, and The Free Methodist Church of Edmond, Resurrection Free Methodist, Avery A.M.E. Chapel, and First A.M.E. Church. Heal her wounds, restore her unity, clean out her filth, purge out the heresies, reinstate sound doctrine, reestablish the centrality of the Gospel, and through her mightily further your world reclamation project.
All we ask here, Lord, we ask in faith and we ask in the name of Jesus Christ your Son. And now we join hearts and voices together to pray as he taught us, saying, Our Father…