Wednesday, February 8, 2012

Prayers for Wednesday, February 8, 2012

Matins: O Father, who relieved Joseph’s shoulder from his burden and freed his feet from the brick load (Ps. 81:6), to You we call in our trouble. You rescue us, You answer us, You prove us. We desire You alone and not foreign gods (Ps. 81:7-9). We open our mouths wide, and we ask You to fill it (Ps. 81:10). Give us grace not to be like Israel of old. Rather, let us listen to Your voice, obey You, and walk in Your ways. Give us not over to stubbornness of heart to walk in our own devices. Subdue our enemies, and turn Your hand against all Your and our enemies. Satisfy us with the finest of wheat and with honey from the Rock (Ps. 81:11-16). Just as we hunger and thirst after righteousness (Matt. 5:6), we seek to be fed by the pastors and elders of Your Church (Acts 20:28). Today we lift before you the leaders of our denomination. Guide them as they shepherd this entire communion and guard Your flock from attack from the outside and corruption from the inside. (Pray for specific needs of the denomination and of its leadership.)

Midday: Our Father, who gave Your Son as the husband of Your Church in order to sanctify, cleanse, and glorify her to the end that He may in turn present her to You without spot, wrinkle, or blemish (Eph. 5:25-27), we thank You for proving us. In our testing, forget us not forever. Hide not Your face from us too long (Ps. 13:1). Consider and answer us, O Yahweh our God; enlighten our eyes before we sleep the sleep of death and the enemy is exalted (Ps. 13:3-4). We trust in you covenant faithfulness. Our hearts will rejoice in Your deliverance. We will sing to You because You have truly dealt bountifully with us (Ps. 13:5-6)! Give us, we pray, a heart for our neighbors around us (Luke 10:36-37). Give us grace to love our neighbors as ourselves (Luke 10:27). Let us embrace them in hospitality and thus live the gospel before them that they may glorify You in heaven (Matt. 5:16). (Pray for specific needs of your neighbors.)

Vesper: Our Father, who in Your perfect plan has placed us in the midst of a people of unclean lips (Is. 6:5), do not be silent! Do not remain quiet, O God, nor be still. For behold, Your enemies make an uproar, and those who hate You have exalted themselves. They make shrewd plans against Your people and conspire together against Your treasured ones (Ps. 83:1-3). Deal with them as with Midian, as with Sisera and Jabin at the torrent of Kishon, who were destroyed at En-dor and became as dung for the ground (Judg. 4:7; Ps. 83:9-10). Let them be ashamed and dismayed forever, and let them be humiliated and perish if they do not repent so that they may know that You alone, whose name is Yahweh, are the Most High over all the earth (Ps. 83:17-18). We request particularly against the rulers in our state who legislate abominations and seek to overthrow Your law of truth and justice. (Pray for the needs of your state.)

As Your people, we have set a poor example to the world. We lament the naming of good as evil and of evil as good (Is. 5:20). Cleanse this land of sexual abominations. Rid us from all provisions of law that would provide equal marital status for those entrapped in their sinful addiction to homosexual acts. May we, Your people show compassion and love for those so ensnared, yet make us bold to fight against the destruction that this blight makes upon this land. (Pray specifically for the cultural disease of homosexuality and for the battles currently being fought.)

Compline: Our Father, who forgave the iniquity of Your people, covered all their sin by the blood of Jesus Christ, withdrew all Your fury, and turned away from Your burning anger (1 John 4:10; Ps. 85:2-3), hear our prayer. Surely Your salvation is near to those who fear You to the end that glory may dwell in the earth (Ps. 85:9). Give the earth what is good so that it will yield its produce (Ps. 85:12). Your church in the Pacific has largely “failed to meet the mission challenge on its own soil” and to take the “mission opportunities afforded by immigration.” Give them grace to “train church and mission leaders in effective evangelism, church planting and discipleship skills.” Send your Church “awakening… in training infrastructures that can meet the growing challenge.” (Quotations from Operation World)

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