Friday, February 10, 2012

Prayers for Friday, February 10, 2012

Matins: Our Father, who has forgiven our sins, we have called upon You, for You will answer us. O God, incline Your ear to us and hear our speech. Wondrously show Your lovingkindness, O Jesus, Savior of those who take refuge at Your right hand. Keep us as the apple of Your eye; hide us in the shadow of Your wings from wicked men who would devastate us, deadly enemies who surround us. As for us, we shall behold Your face in righteousness; we will be satisfied with Your likeness when we awake (Ps. 17:6-9, 15). Guard Your people this day. Protect them and strengthen them as they are about their Father’s business. Bless our sister, likeminded churches as they serve You in Your vineyard. As You have placed the members, each one of them, in the body, just as You desire, heal the divisions in Your Church. May each part have the same care one for another, rejoicing when others are honored (1 Cor. 12:18, 25-26). And may each one fulfill the specific calling for which You have specially gifted each one. (Pray for the needs of other presbyteries in your denomination or likeminded churches outside your locality.)

Midday: Our Father, to whom all creation bears witness, we thank you for your perfect law, which restores the soul; for Your sure testimony, which makes the simple wise; for Your right precepts, which make our hearts rejoice; for Your pure commandment, which enlightens our eyes; for Your clean fear, which endures forever; for Your trustworthy judgments, which are altogether righteous. We desire them more than much fine gold. They are sweeter to us then honey and the drippings of the honeycomb. (Ps. 19:7-10). Guard us, Your servants, from presumptuous acts. Make us blameless. Let the words of our mouths and the meditation of our hearts be acceptable before Your face, O Yahweh. You are our Rock and our Redeemer (Ps. 19:13-14). Let us drink from the Rock, even Jesus Christ, who quenched the thirst of your people in the wilderness (1 Cor. 10:4). Teach us, O Living Bread, the word that proceeds from the mouth of God (Matt. 4:4). Bless all who educate Your people that they may become skilled in worshiping before Your throne. (Pray for educational ministries.)

Vespers: Our Father, whom we love because You hear the voice of our supplications, we will call on You as long as we live (Ps. 116:1-2). You are gracious, O Yahweh, and righteous. Yes, You are compassionate. You preserve the simple, and You save those who have been brought low (Ps. 116:5-6). We walk before You in the land of the living. We trust when even when we are greatly afflicted (Ps. 116: 9-10). We will make and pay our vows to You in the presence of all Your people. We will offer sacrifices of thanksgiving and will call upon Your name. We love and seek the courts of Your house. We long for Your courts in the New Jerusalem that we may praise Your name, O Yahweh (Ps. 116:17-19)!

(Pray for the top domestic news stories for which God has burdened You.)

Guard Your people from wicked government policies that try to force ministries of Your church to fund and sanction murder. Give the Catholic Church the fortitude to stand against a civil body that seeks to force its authority over them. Protect us in this nation from those who would overturn the freedom of Your people to obey Your laws and to worship You as we ought. Frustrate and defeat those would push an agenda, well-intentioned as it may be, that subverts Your holy laws. (The President, the Pill, and Religious Liberty in Peril)

We also lift before You Your church in New York City as many have recently been displaced from their places of worship. Give them success as they seek alternatives to the government school buildings. Strengthen them during this difficult time, and may these circumstances result in greater unity among Your people as they fight a common enemy and rally around a common gospel. Bind Your people together and cause them to find alternative locations in which to worship You. (New York City Churches Find New Homes)

AfghanistanCompline: O Father, who sent Jesus Your Son to be the ruler of the nations, may all peoples praise and laud Your name. Your steadfast love is great toward us, Your people. And Your truth, O Yahweh, endures forever (Ps. 117:1-2). We pray once again for the nation of Afghanistan. We ask on behalf of Your church, which “remains almost entirely underground.” We thank you that the number of Afghan believers “are increasing, as are the resources available to help disciple them.” We pray that more Afghans would be reached by the gospel and that the believers would embrace their identity as both Afghan and Christian. Please bring about “an expression of faith… that allows them to be truly Afghan while truly following Jesus.” And finally, we pray “that no attacks of the enemies of the gospel might discourage or destroy the Church, but that in the crucible of suffering, the body of Christ might mature and even grow.”

Afghanistan country facts:
Capital: Kabul
.05% Christian (<15,000 people) with a growth rate of 14.6% (All these numbers are “high” because of resident foreigners, a population that has grown in recent years.)
(Quotations, statistics and picture are from Operation World and wikipedia.com)

Top News: Peace negotiations with the Taliban

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