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“The heavens declare the glory of God;
the skies proclaim the work of His hands.
Day after day they pour forth speech;
night after night they display knowledge.” (Psalm 19:1-2)
We are in awe of your creation Lord,
and we thank you so very much for the blessing of knowing you through it.
Truly, when we look at a powerful storm,
the calm of a blue sky,
a sunrise or sunset,
or the majesty of the stars and planets at night,
we are reminded of your power,
and your beauty.
You are worthy of our praise Read the rest of this entry »
After being challenged by the elders to study and pray about Pastoral Prayers I have decided to write and give a new prayer each week during the church service. I’ve thought a lot about posting them here and have decided to do so in hopes that people will experience a new way to pray and be encouraged through them. Feel free to use them privately or in your church’s worship time. This prayer is from July 7, 2013.
“[We] will praise you forever for what you have done;
in your name [we] will hope, for your name is good.
[We] will praise you in the presence of the saints.” (Ps 52:9)
It is our desire to praise you Lord, because you are so worthy of our praise.
We worship you and give you glory for what you have done:
the majesty of your creation,
the plan of salvation,
the furtherance of your kingdom,
the hope that is within us,
the rebirth of our souls,
and the revival we have seen in our lives.
And we worship you and give you glory for who You are:
If you had done nothing, your glory alone would be cause for us fall down before you.
Your very nature makes you worthy of our songs.
You are good,
Accept our praise today.
We confess that we have been hypocrites this week.
We have said one thing and done another.
We have proclaimed to be Christians and acted like pagans.
We have been like the teachers of the law and the Pharisees (Matthew 23) who were bad examples to others and did not practice what they preached.
We have done things for the glory of men,
wanting their acceptance and approval above yours.
We have been greedy
willfully walking towards temptation
and jumping head-long into it.
We have strained out gnats and swallowed camels as we have messed up our priorities, neglecting the more important matters of our faith –
– and focused on less important matters
like getting our tithes right to the penny,
reading our bibles for the right amount of minutes,
and saying just enough prayers to abate our conscience.
Forgive us for inverting our priorities and grieving your spirit within us.
Forgive us again this week Lord.
We repent of our sin again, and as you to increase our desire to obey you.
We trust in your word, in your Holy Scriptures, that teach us that “the wages of sin is death, but the gift of God is eternal life in Jesus Christ our Lord.”
We fall on that mercy today,
on the shed blood of Christ,
on your abundant grace.
Not presuming upon it, but trusting in it.
Accept our confession and repentance.
Create in us a clean heart.
Renew a steadfast spirit within us.
Restore the joy of your salvation.
And grant us a willing spirit to sustain us. (Psalm 51)
We pray for those in authority over us as you have commanded us to.
We pray for the Federal, Provincial and Civil government leaders in our country and around the world who have been given power,
to make decisions that affect so many people.
Grant them wisdom and humility.
We pray for the persecuted church around the world who are being mistreated
because of their unwavering faith in you.
Help them be a good example to all of us,
to remain strong in the faith,
and to trust in you for their deliverance
– either here, or in eternity.
We pray for the Christian community of Beckwith, Montague, Tay Valley, Mississippi Mills, Carleton Place, Lanark, Lanark Highlands, Drummond/North Elmsly, Smith’s Falls, Perth, Delta, Athens, Brockville, Arnprior, Renfrew, Ottawa, Ontario, Canada and the US.
Help them to be passionate in worship,
strong in fellowship,
disciplined in study,
effective in prayer,
full of miracles,
and to grow in number and in faith.
We pray this in the name of our Lord and Saviour, Jesus Christ. Amen
After being challenged by the elders to study and pray about Pastoral Prayers I have decided to write and give a new prayer each week during the church service. I’ve thought a lot about posting them here and have decided to do so in hopes that people will experience a new way to pray and be encouraged through them. Feel free to use them privately or in your church’s worship time. This prayer is from June 30, 2013.
“Great is the Lord and most worthy of praise!…
Within Your temple, O God, we meditate on your unfailing love.
Like your name, O God, Your praise reaches the ends of the earth;
your right hand is filled with righteousness.” (Psalm 48:1a , 10)
We come before you in song,
in our tithes and offerings,
and by giving attention to your Word
because you are worthy of our attention, our praise, our faith, our prayers and our lives.
We praise you this morning as a community of people in need of your mercy,
We confess to you that we have not lived as we should have this week.
We have idols in our hearts,
have grieved your spirit,
have trusted in our own strength,
and, at times, have forgotten your very existence by not being mindful of your presence.
We have indulged our own selfishness and have not loved one another as we are meant to.
We have indulged addictions that you have told us to give up.
We have indulged feelings that you have told us were harmful as we wallowed in bitterness,
We have indulged Satan and given into temptation willfully and mindfully.
You gave us the way out, and we didn’t take it.
We confess our sin and our error, and once again we repent from it.
We need your forgiveness Lord.
We need to be cleansed.
We need your supernatural strength to live a holy life.
As individuals and as a community we come before you trusting your promise that “if we confess our sins, [You are] faithful and just and will forgive us our sins and purify us from all unrighteousness.”
We trust in your faithfulness.
We know that as a just God you poured out the punishment for our sins onto our Lord and Saviour Jesus Christ.
We know that because of His sacrifice we can be purified.
Purify our church.
Purify our souls.
Purify our community and our city.
Make us clean.
We pray for those in authority over us,
those you have raised up to lead this community, city, province and nation.
Help them listen to you and govern well.
We ask you to bless the other churches in our area as they praise you and listen to your word.
Grow them in number, and deepen them in spiritual maturity.
And for us here this morning Lord, illuminate your word and draw us into a deeper, stronger faith.
Build up our relationship with you and each other.
Give your special attention and healing to the sick who cannot be with us.
Give your supernatural joy to those who are grieving and hurting this morning, Lord.
Lay a heavy hand on those who need to feel your presence today.
Bring conviction to the prideful and elevate the humble among us.
We pray this in the name of our Lord and Saviour, Jesus Christ. Amen