Sunday, July 28, 2013

Pentecost 10 Proper 12 General Prayer

Gracious heavenly Father, You have promised that when we call upon us in the day of trouble You will deliver us and so cry to You in prayer with our whole heart:

As we experience Your faithfulness and receive the answer to our prayers help us to observe your testimonies and keep Your statutes and in this way show our faithful love and obedience.

We confess that You are the Judge of all the earth, punishing the wicked and delivering the righteous.  Turn the hearts of those who have perverted Your good gifts of marriage and family and sexuality in our nation.  Raise up leaders who will walk in Your ways and renew our fellow citizens in their love for You.

We give You thanks and praise that when we were dead in trespasses You made us alive in Christ, canceling the debt that stood against us by nailing it to the cross of our Lord Jesus Christ.  In Baptism You buried us with Christ and raised us to walk in him.  Fill us with Your Spirit so that Christ’s triumph over sin and death would always be our own.

Heavenly Father, help us to be people of prayer, trusting that we are Your children and You are our Father and we can confidently ask for the things that we need, trusting that You will give good things to Your children.  Especially do we ask that You would give good gifts to those who stand in any material need:  healing for the sick; deliverance for the addicted; food for the hungry; and friends for the lonely.    

As we pray for Your kingdom to come bless the work of our church so that Your gracious reign would come to many in our community.  Bless the work of the civil government so that the Gospel may flourish.

We give You thanks and praise for all of those who have fought the good fight of faith and now rest from their labors.  Especially do we remember Dick and Ella and pray that You would keep us faithful unto death so that we may too may receive the crown of eternal life.

Whatever else You see that we need; whatever is good for our neighbor and gives glory to You; whatever works for our final salvation, grant to us dear Father for we ask it in the name of Jesus who promised us that You will give who ask.  Amen.

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