Sunday, February 5, 2012

Prayers for Monday, February 6, 2012

Matins: Our Father of truth, we lift before you today the leaders you have placed over us at (name of church). Please keep them above reproach. Cause them to remain temperate, prudent, respectable, hospitable, able to teach, not addicted to wine nor pugnacious, but gentle, peaceable, and free from the love of money. Protect them in their homes as able managers of their own households, keeping their children under control with all dignity. Guard their reputations with those outside the church (2 Tim. 3:2-7). Give them joy as a watchers of our souls and ones who must give an account (Heb. 13:17). Through their work, cause us, Your people, to grow in grace and in a knowledge of our Lord and Savior Jesus Christ (2 Pet. 3:18). (Ask specific requests on behalf of pastors, elders, deacons, and other church rulers.)

Midday: Our kind Father, please extend your grace to our extended family. Keep them steadfast in Your word, unmovable in Your truth, and continually abounding in Your work (1 Cor. 15:58). Give them a delight in the law of Yahweh on which they meditate day and night (Ps. 1:2). Quicken them in Your word and comfort them in all affliction (Ps. 119:50). May they never forget Your precepts (Ps. 119:93). (Ask specific requests for members of the extended family.)

Vespers: Our powerful Father, we bring before your throne the government of our city, the city of (name of city). Give the leaders here an honest fear of You, O Yahweh, that they may attain true wisdom, knowledge and instruction (Prov. 1:7). Cause them to make just decisions by finding their counsel, wisdom, understanding, and power in You (Prov. 8:14-15). Under their oversight, let not the wicked vaunt themselves, nor crush Your people, nor afflict Your heritage, nor slay the widow and stranger, nor murder the innocent (Ps. 94:3-6). Make them to understand that He who planted the ear does hear, that He who formed the eye does see, and He who instructs the nations will rebuke (Ps. 94:9-10). Through their work, give Your people freedom to worship You and serve You as You require. (Present specific requests for the city council and mayor.)

We also cry out to You for Your people in this land for we have mingled with the wicked and have learned their practices. We serve their idols, which have become a snare to us. We even sacrifice our sons and daughters to their gods. This land is polluted by innocent blood because your people play the harlot in our deeds (Ps. 106:35-39). Cleanse Your people, we implore You, of the blood of the innocent, and thereby rid from this land the abomination of abortion. The blood of the innocent is crying out to you. Provide victory for those who work to defend the lives of the unborn. Make a way of escape for those who are tempted to murder their own child. Cause Your people to show compassion to those in desperation.

Compline: Our Father of judgment, we ask You on behalf of the countries in the Pacific. In this region that largely calls itself Christian, we ask that Your church would make disciple-making a key priority. Give Your church the ability to “move beyond Christianization, and into making mature believers” in order to hold back the decline of the church in Australia and New Zealand and to negate the “vulnerability of the Church in the Pacific Islands.” Give the faithful leaders of Your flock “a mentality… that places priority and focus rightly on shaping disciples.” (Pray for specific missionaries attached to you and your local church.) (Quotations from Operation World)

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