Sometimes, our prayer life can become repetitive and it is hard to move outside of our regular patterns of request and thanksgiving. We are going to begin publishing the "Prayers of the People" from our weekly worship services so that you can use them as a guide to prayer during the week. Here is our first one, by Pastor Floyd Rhoades.
Almighty and ever Present God, our Father, we honor you by our worship and praise You for your bountiful grace. Remind us always that your amazing and saving grace gives us abundant life, and it is to You that we give honor and glory.
As we worship, focus us on your presence and power. We praise and thank you for your everlasting love.
In a time of great upheaval in our nation and around the world, we pray that you will inspire us to be Your ambassadors of peace, love and grace. That we can, as Amos expressed in his Old Testament prophecy, be participants in your desire of creating “a mighty flood of justice and an endless river of righteous living.”
For we believe that by your grace, mercy and love; justice and righteousness are possible even in our chaotic times. And we also believe that such reconciliation is only possible if we live lives redeemed by your Son Jesus Christ; that forgiveness and mercy are ours only through your abiding presence with us.
As we “fall back” in time today, give us clarity of thought and sight to “move forward,” actively participating in the redemption of your creation. As we elect national, statewide and local leaders on Tuesday, may your will be done. May those whom we select approach their responsibilities of governing with personal humility but strong social and political will. Rid our governments of corruption, arrogance, ill-will and judgmental rhetoric and instead bind us together in more perfect harmony and respectfulness.
Today we pray for those in our congregation and among our families and friends who are in need of your healing powers. And keep us ever mindful of the needs of others – by praying for them, visiting them, supporting them and keeping them in our thoughts – helping them in any way we can to more peacefully endure their situations. Continue to guide our caring ministries to demonstrate your love and presence with them.
We pray for your intervention in the lives of those who have chosen other masters, instead of you. Whether it be fame, drugs, money, power, physical prowess, or any other addictive behaviors that do not honor You, self and others.
Protect all those who serve our country and the world to keep the peace. May nations find peaceful solutions to conflict and may an awareness of your dominion over all the earth resonate with those who mistakenly believe they are in control of the destiny of our world. Remind them constantly that you are the creator and redeemer of all. That it is only by your love, mercy and grace that all of your creation will have the opportunity to enjoy fulness of life.
As we enter this season of Stewardship and Thanksgiving, give us generous and joyful hearts to give of our best to serve You and your creation. May those who rely upon us for physical, emotional and spiritual assistance and guidance know that we are present for them in Your name.
Remind them and us that:
- You bless those who are poor and help them realize their need for You
- You bless those who mourn, so that they will be comforted
- You bless those who are humble, so that they may inherit the whole world
- You bless those who are hungry and thirst for justice, and you show them mercy
- You bless those whose hearts are pure, and assure that they will see You.
- You bless those who work for peace that they will know that they are your children
- You bless those who are persecuted for doing right, for the Kingdom of Heaven is theirs.
May each one of us be a light of the world, so that our good deeds will shine out to others, and they will give You the praise.
As we hear your sacred word today, may David bring us a message that is ordained by You and humbly received by us, so that we may more clearly understand your will for our lives and that we may more perfectly serve You by serving others in the name of Jesus Christ our Lord, who taught us when we pray to say….
Our Father, who art in Heaven
Hallowed be Thy name.
Thy Kingdom come,
Thy will be done
On earth as it is in Heaven.
Give us this day our daily bread,
And forgive us our debts
As we forgive our debtors.
Lead us not into temptation,
But deliver us from evil
For Thine is the Kingdom,
And the power,
Any the glory, forever