Tuesday, February 14, 2012

Prayers for Tuesday, February 14, 2012

Matins: O Father of grace, defender against the enemy who would trample us down, whenever we are afraid, we put our trust in You. We praise You for Your word. With a trustworthy God like You, what can mere man do to us? You notice all our wanderings. You put our tears in Your bottle and record them all in Your book. In You, our God; yes, in You, O Yahweh, whose word we praise, we put our trust. We will not be afraid. What can mere man do to us? Let us, therefore, walk this day before You, O God, in the light of the living (from Ps. 56).

This day, we lift before You the ministry of teaching in our church, (name of church). Grant the teachers wisdom and understanding as they prepare the material that is needful for us, Your people. Give them a passion for a people who knows Your Word of truth, and burden them with a long-term vision and commitment to make that come about. Bless the Sunday School teachers, the youth leaders, and everyone else who is tasked with the responsibility of teaching Your people. (Pray specifically for those in your church who are teachers of Biblical truth.)

Midday: Our gracious Father, our souls take refuge in You; under the shadow of Your wings we take refuge until destruction passes by (Ps. 57:1). Our hearts are steadfast, O God, our hearts are steadfast. We will sing praises to Your name, O Jesus. We will bring glorious praises to You upon stringed instruments among the surrounding peoples. Your covenant faithfulness is as high as the heavens, and Your trustworthiness extends even to the clouds. Be exalted, O God, above the heavens; and let Your glory be above all the earth (from Ps. 57).

We pray now for those in our family who live among those peoples who do not bow their knee to Jesus as their King, Savior, and Master. (Pray for unbelieving family and extended family members.)

Vesper: Our Father of deliverance, set us securely on high away from those who rise up against us. Deliver us from workers of iniquity and from men who would shed our blood (Ps. 59:1-2). You, O Yahweh God of armies, are the God of Israel, even of Your church (Gal. 6:16). Awake to visit the nations. Deal justly with those who are treacherous in iniquity and unrepentant. Laugh and scoff at them (Ps. 59:5, 8). If they will not turn to You, let them be caught in their pride because of the curses and lies of their mouth. Let men know that You, O Jesus, rule to the ends of the earth (Ps. 59:12-13). We, Your people will sing of Your strength. We will joyfully sing of Your covenant faithfulness because You have been our refuge in the day of our distress. Because you are our strength, we will sing praises to You. You are our stronghold, even the God of covenant faithfulness (Ps. 59:16-17).

Visit our county, we pray, that we may live quiet and peaceable lives in all godliness and reverence (1 Tim. 2:2). (Pray for the county government, specifically for the councilmember of your district.)

(Pray also for a cultural issue for which you are particularly burdened.)

American SamoaCompline: Our forgiving Father, let Your ears be attentive to the voice of our supplications. If You, O Yahweh, should take account of our iniquities, then O Yahweh, who could stand? But, blessed be the name of Jesus our Savior, with You there is forgiveness so that we fear Your name. We wait for You, our souls wait, and in Your word we hope. With You, O Yahweh, there is steadfast love, and with You is abundant redemption. You will redeem Your people from all their iniquities (from Ps. 130). Continue to call our Your people from every tribe and tongue and people and nation (Rev. 5:9).

We petition tonight on behalf of the people of American Samoa in the South Pacific. Thank you that You gospel has made inroads among these people, and we ask that this trend would continue. Guard Your people from materialism that easily results from material prosperity. We also praise You for “evangelical ministries and churches [who are] making an impact” for Your name. Make the YWAM base there successful in their faithful work. And last, we ask that you would overthrow the cults, which have become very numerous there. Bring an awakening among the mainline churches whose members, being largely nominal followers of Jesus, are vulnerable to the deception of the cults. May Your church in American Samoa be a strong beacon of light for Your name.

American Samoa facts:
(These islands in the south Pacific are an unincorporated territory of the United States.)
Capital: Pago Pago
Governor: Togiola T.A. Tulafono
95.1% Christian (65,000 people) with a growth rate of 1.7%
(Quotations, statistics and picture are from Operation World and wikipedia.com.)

According to YWAM’s website: “Youth With A Mission is an international volunteer movement of Christians from many backgrounds, cultures and Christian traditions, dedicated to serving Jesus throughout the world. Also known as YWAM (pronounced "WHY-wham"), our purpose is simply to know God and to make Him known.”

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