Wednesday, February 15, 2012

Prayers for Wednesday, February 15, 2012

Matins: Our Father, who answers the afflicted and needy, incline Your ear and answer us, O Yahweh. Preserve our souls, O You our God, and save Your servants who trust in You. Be gracious to us, O Master, for to You we cry all day long. Make glad the souls of Your servants for to You, O Master, we lift up our souls. For You, O Master, are good, ready to forgive, and abundant in steadfast love to all who call upon You (Ps. 86:1-5). There is no one like You among all the other gods that people worship, O Jesus, nor are there any works like Yours. All nations whom You have made shall come and worship before You, O Master, and they shall glorify Your name. Hasten that day! For You are great and do wondrous deeds; You alone are God (Ps. 86:8-10).

How blessed are those who dwell in Your house! They are ever praising You (Ps. 84:4). We lift before You today the needs of our denomination. Keep us pure and blameless. Keep us steadfast in Your Word with a fierce desire to uphold it and obey it. Keep us aware of and burdened for the true needs of the people all around us. Guard us against looking for immediate fruit, but cause us to remember that “one sows and another reaps” (John 4:35-37). May we be content to sow patiently, and when given the privilege to reap fruit, let us give glory to You who gives the increase (1 Cor. 3:7). (Pray specifically for the needs of your denomination or broader church affiliation.)

Midday: You have placed Your foundation in the holy mountains, O Yahweh. You love the gates of Zion, Your holy city (Ps. 87:1-2). From the heights of the high mountains, we see the great city, the holy Jerusalem, even Your church, the wife of the Lamb. She has high walls with twelve gates shining with precious stones (Rev. 21:9-13). Glorious things are spoken of the city of God, O Father. We will tell all the peoples that we have received new birth into the city (Ps. 87:3-4). We are citizens of Your city, whose builder and maker is You, O God (Heb. 11:10). Count us, O Yahweh, among the myriad, a multitude from every tribe, people, and tongue, whom You register and declare that we were born from above into Your city. We will sing and play our instruments because all our joy is in You (Ps. 87:6-7).

Draw your people into Your city and give new life to more and more people, even those who live closest to us. (Pray specifically for your neighbors who do not know Jesus.)

Vesper: O Father of our hope. You are the God of our salvation. We cry before You day and night. Let our prayer come before You. Incline Your ear to our cry. Our souls must endure troubles. All around us lies the death of Sheol (Ps. 88:1-3). Yet, though we were baptized into the death of Jesus, we are also risen in Him to walk in newness of life (Rom. 6:3-4). Now we sit in heavenly places in Jesus the Anointed, Ruler of the earth so that in the ages to come, You, O Father, might show forth the exceeding riches of Your grace in the kindness You have shown to us (Eph. 2:6-7).

We pray now for the state rulers You have placed over us. May they rule in wisdom and in the fear of You. May they recognize their utter dependence upon You, who are the source of all wisdom and truth. (Pray specifically for your state government officials that they bow their knees to the true King who is ruling this land and thus make righteous decisions.)

AngolaCompline: Where, O Father, are Your former acts of steadfast love, which You swore to David in Your faithfulness, O Master? Remember, O Lord Jesus, how Your servants are reproached in this world, even how we, Your church, bear in our bosom the reproach of all the many peoples. It is Your own enemies that have reproach Your people, O Yahweh. They have reproached those who follow in the footsteps of Jesus Your Anointed. Yet, we will bless You, O Yahweh, forever for we know that you will not hide Yourself forever. You will deliver us even in this life (Ps. 89:46-52).

This night we bring before You the African nation of Angola. We thank you that after 40 years of war (1962-2002), the people of this nation now live in peace and stability. We ask for continued healing from the war: physical, psychological, social, and spiritual. Provide protection for those “seeking to alleviate physical suffering by clearing landmines and rebuilding infrastructure, homes, hospitals, schools, and churches.” Bless the agencies involved in these efforts “including WVI, Tearfund and several consortiums of churches and agencies such as Church Action in Angola.”

We ask also for the condition of Your Church in Angola. May the Church “be at the forefront of activities aimed to overcome the longstanding tribal loyalties and partisan politics.” May Your people be willing to extend forgiveness even to those “who perpetrated crimes against Christians and Christians who compromised under pressure.” Additionally, we request the purity of the Church there, with her newfound liberty, that they avoid dangerous syncretistic cults. Finally, we pray for visible unity among believers so that they would display to the world the love and grace of Jesus in spite of differences and difficulties.

Angola facts:
A longtime colony of Portugal.
Capital: Luanda
President: José Eduardo dos Santos
94% Christian (64% Catholic)
(Quotations, statistics and picture are from Operation World and wikipedia.com.)

News:
Angola: Long-Serving President Seeks New Term
Africa: CPLP Moving Towards Establishing More Democratic Societies

Agencies for rebuilding and renewal efforts:
World Vision in Angola
Tearfund in Angola
Church Action in Angola

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