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Contemporary Prayers based on Psalm 113

O Heavenly Father, You have shown us your great and deep love for us in Jesus Christ your son.  And because of your great love for us we today join with your people throughout many generations and praise the name of Jesus Christ our Lord.  Let the name of the Lord be praised today, throughout all the earth.  From the rising of the sun till it’s setting, both now and throughout all eternity, may the name of the Lord be praised.

As we come to you today, there are many things the occupy our minds and make our hearts anxious, but you are on the Throne over all the earth, and we know that you are not worried about the future, you are not anxiously fretting as are we, you are the mighty God and you have all things in your hands, nothing escapes your sight.   Yet in your majesty, you stoop to our weakness and care for all of us whom you have made.

You raise the poor from the dust and lift the needy from ashes; O Lord, hear us as we pray today, for some of us are among the poor and needy.

  • Some of us are poor in health and we need your strength, your comfort, your healing touch, that we will be well again and give praise to You.
  • Some of us are poor in our spiritual life – we have been running from you and your call upon our lives, we need your forgiveness and a second chance, another chance to come and walk in your way.
  • Some of us are poor in our hearts, our attitudes are not good and we are taking it out on people around us; touch us and bring us to our senses that we might truly live for you.
  • Some of us have financial need or need for employment. Lord, hear our prayers.
  • Some of us are needy because of a great loss in our lives, the loss of a loved one, the loss of a job, the loss of a friend. God heal our hearts; help us to grieve as people with hope.  Save us from despair and cause us to turn to you and praise you again.

Hear also our prayers for our families and homes. Hear the prayers of young people praying for their parents to come to know you and to live godly lives.  Hear the prayers of parents praying for their children; those who pray for the young children to grow in the knowledge of Christ and walk in His ways and those who are praying for their adult children who have wandered from you and your love and need to rediscover your mercy and grace.

Hear us O Lord; hear our prayers of petition this day.  Hear our praises we lift you alone!

 
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Posted by on September 16, 2013 in Uncategorized

 

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Confessions from An Affirmation that “This is My Father’s World”

Our Father, Creator and Maker of All Things, Sustainer and Lover of our Souls, we give thanks to you this day for the world that you have created and for your faithful love and mercy toward us.

Forgive us Lord, for although, this is your world, sometimes we are so obsessed with ourselves, our gifts and abilities, or our struggles and problems that we fail to discern and recognize this is our Father’s world.

Forgive us Lord, that though all nature sings, we often are silent in giving you the praises that are due to you.

Forgive us Father, for although, you speak to us everywhere, in all of life and all of creation, we often are distracted by the attractions of the world, the flesh and the devil, and we often are more concerned with what we have to say, than we are what you are saying to us.

Forgive us Father, that is the midst of the wrong that seems so strong in our world, we forget that You are the Ruler yet and that Christ is victorious in all things.

We sing “This is My Father’s World”.  Lift our eyes O Lord, to see beyond ourselves, beyond our boundaries of our community, our nation, our race, our perspective, so that we may see the needs of all peoples.  Grow our faith that we might trust that you have the whole world in your hands and that we might actively love and care for the world, even as you do.

Where there famine, bring food, immediate food and long-term solutions to hunger needs.

Where there is oppression, bring freedom and release.

Where there is war, bring peace, bring hope, bring peace-makers.

Where there is sorrow, bring comfort.

Where there are differences, teach us to love as you love the whole world.

We pray these things in name of our Lord, Jesus Christ.  Amen.

 
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Posted by on July 18, 2013 in Uncategorized

 

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