Wednesday, February 15, 2012

Prayers for Thursday, February 16, 2012

Matins: O Father, our refuge and strength, You are abundantly available for help in times of trouble. Therefore, we will not fear, though everything around us is changing and though Your enemies rage against us. We are glad by the river that flows in Your church out from the throne of the Lamb (Rev. 22:1; Ezek 47:1). From that river You cleanse and nourish Your people. You feed us in Your sanctuary and enable us to bring healing to the nations (Ezek. 47:12; Rev. 22:2). You are in the midst of Your people, and so Your church will not be moved. You, O Yahweh of Armies, are with us. You are with us, O God of Jacob (Ps. 46:1-7).

Today we bring before you the other churches of our presbytery (named). We pray for the teaching ministries of these churches, that they would effectively communicate the whole counsel of God (Acts 20:27). Enable Your people to worship You richly and skillfully through a knowledge of You. Protect their ministers. Purify their worship. Guide their decisions. (Pray specifically for the needs of your presbytery, especially their teaching ministry.)

Midday: The whole earth is Yours, O Father, and all its fullness. The world is Yours, O King Jesus, and all those who dwell in it. You founded the land on the seas and established it upon the rivers. Who may ascend from the seas unto the highest part of the land, even the holy hill of Yahweh? How can we dare to stand in Your holy place? Clean up our works, O Father. Purify our hears, O Jesus. Fill us with a loyalty to Your truth. Give us Your blessing, O Yahweh, even vindication, O God of Our salvation. We seek Your face (Ps. 24:1-6).

Give our co-workers today the fullest gift of Your Spirit. Where there is death, bring life. Where there is sorrow, bring joy. Where there is impurity, bring cleansing. Cause us, Your people, to bring life, peace, joy, and hospitality to all those around us. (Pray specifically for the needs of co-workers.)

Vesper: Our Father, the Creator, we bless You. You are very great. You are clothed in splendor and majesty, covering Yourself with light as with a cloak and stretching out heaven like a curtain. You lay the beams of Your upper chambers in the waters. You make the clouds Your chariot. You walk upon the wings of the wind. Angels are Your flaming messengers and ministers (Ps. 104:1-4). Let Your glory, O Yahweh, endure forever. May You be glad in all Your works. Look upon the earth, and make it tremble. Touch the mountains, and make them smoke. We will sing to You, O Yahweh, as long as we live. Let our meditation be pleasing to You. Let unrepentant sinners be consumed from the land, and let the hardened wicked men be no more. We bless You, O Yahweh! Hallelu-Yah! (Ps. 104:31-35)

We lift our prayers to You now on behalf of the federal government. We ask that You would guide the hearts of the legislature, as You guide the rivers of water. May they make righteous laws and enforce them. May they promote life, honesty, and peace. May they not be influenced by greed or bribes, but may they rule in integrity and faithfulness. (Pray for the federal legislators from your state.)

Compline: We give thanks to You, O Father, and call upon Your name. May Your great deeds be known among the peoples. We sing praises to You, and we talk of all Your wonders. We glory in Your holy name, and our hearts are glad because we seek You and Your face continually. We call to remembrance the wonders which You have done and the marvels and judgments of Your mouth. You are Yahweh our God. Your judgments are in all the earth (Ps. 105:1-7).

Tonight we continue to pray for the uttermost part of the earth, the country of Angola in Africa. We pray for the young people and children of this country. Solve, we pray, the problem of a high mortality rate for children under five (26%) and of chronic malnutrition (45% for the same group). May schools be rebuilt and staffed. Bless ministries that target students, like the Scripture Union.

Also, we thank you that through the years of suffering and war, foreign missionaries remained as a powerful testimony of Your love and grace. Bless humanitarian ministries, like Samaritan’s Purse, as they “focus on primary health care, education, vocational training and disease prevention.” Give other missions wisdom and resources as they “work holistically, ministering to both physical and spiritual needs of Angolans.” Additionally, please provide more workers in this field that they may share the love of Jesus to this needy nation. (Quotations are from Operation World.)

About Scripture Union: “Today, Scripture Union is in over 130 countries around the world and is still working to introduce children and young people to Jesus. Although the gospel never changes, each culture expresses it in a particular way and so the work is carried out through local people in ways which are appropriate to the country, culture and situation in which a movement is based. This includes running camps, school seminars and student groups or producing resources for Bible reading, family counselling, AIDS education, urban children and youth ministry and ministry to the handicapped.” (From their website)

About Samaritan’s Purse: “Samaritan's Purse is a nondenominational evangelical Christian organization providing spiritual and physical aid to hurting people around the world. Since 1970, Samaritan's Purse has helped meet needs of people who are victims of war, poverty, natural disasters, disease, and famine with the purpose of sharing God's love through His Son, Jesus Christ. The organization serves the Church worldwide to promote the Gospel of the Lord Jesus Christ.” (From their website)

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