Saturday, February 4, 2012

Prayers for Lord's Day, February 5, 2012

Matins: Our Father, today we request that you send to your church a reformation of worship. May she as a body return to the actions of covenant renewal, as we, Your people, once learned to perform in our childhood while under tutors (Gal. 4:1-7). May your church return to the ancient practices of abundantly reading, reciting, praying, and singing Scripture (Neh. 8:1-8); of frequently offering our thanksgiving and petitions to You; of weekly enjoying our eucharistic communion with You at Your table; and of enthusiastically singing from your Psalter in its entirety as it was written (Neh. 12:8; Ps. 105:2). May your servants boldly preach the whole counsel of God (Acts 20:26-28). And by means of this liturgical reform, we ask that you would purify your church and make us more able to shine more brightly as a city on a hill (Matt. 5:14-16).

Midday: Our Father, who pities us as Your own children (Ps. 103:13), grant grace to the children in this household (named) that they would be faithful to You. May each one honor and obey their parents (Ex. 20:12; Col. 3:20). May they be committed to knowing Your word and Your ways (Josh. 1:8). And may they truly seek to follow in the steps of their parents insofar as they themselves seek to do Your will; indeed, may they go beyond and teach Your ways to their children that they in turn may teach theirs (Ps. 78:5-8). And, thereby, we ask that their way would be prosperous and they would have good success (Josh. 1:8), living long on the earth (Eph. 6:3).

Vespers: Our heavenly Father, we ask that by the service of Your people, Your heavenly army, around Your throne this day, You would continue the increase of Jesus’ government (Is. 9:6-7), putting each of His enemies under his feet (1 Cor. 15:25). With fingers trained for battle, may your people ride forth this new week and witness peoples being subdued to Jesus (Ps. 144:1-2).

Compline: Our caring Father (Ps. 27:10), this night we bring before you the needs of Europe, “where committed Christian remnants are small in number, low in confidence and marginalized.” We ask that Your body would win “the battle against secularization and social irrelevance,” that faith would not be merely “private belief,” and that vast regions, which are mostly “devoid of spiritual life,” would be re-evangelized. Rekindle the light that once shined so bright (Matt. 5:14-16). Purify your church (Eph. 5:27), and may she see Jesus conquer all her and Your enemies (Heb. 10:12-14). (Quotations from Operation World)

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