Every other week one of the heads of our households offers the Congregational Prayer on our behalf…
O Thou Most High
In the way of thy appointment we are waiting for thee,
Our desire is to thy name,
Our minds to remember of thee.
We are sinners, but not insensible of our state.
Our iniquities are great and numberless, but thou art adequate to our relief,
for thou art rich in mercy;
the blood of thy Son can cleanse from all sin;
The agency of thy Spirit can subdue our most powerful lusts.
Give us a tender, wakeful conscience that can smite and torment us when we sin.
May we be consistent in conversation and conduct,
the same alone as in company,
in prosperity and adversity,
accepting all thy commandments as right,
and hating every false way.
May we never be satisfied with our present spiritual progress,
but to faith add virtue, knowledge, temperance, godliness,
brotherly kindness, and charity.
May we never neglect what is necessary to constitute Christian character,
and needful to complete it.
May we cultivate the expedient,
develop the lovely,
adorn the gospel,
recommend the religion of Jesus,
accommodate ourselves to thy providence.
Keep us from sinking or sinning in the evil day;
Help us to carry into ordinary life portions of divine truth
and use them on suitable occasions, so that
its doctrine may inform,
its warnings caution,
its rules guide,
and its promises comfort us.
The above is taken from The Valley of Vision, by Arthur Bennett, published by the Banner of Truth Trust. It is copyrighted material and reproduced here by permission. The full book, The Valley of Vision, is available from http://www.banneroftruth.org.
Thank you, Father. We thank You Father for loving us, for taking care of us. We thank You for calling us from out of the world into this place this morning. We thank You for the word that was read, preached and sung this morning. We thank You for everything that You give us, and we ask for Your patience in our many failings to actually take hold of those. Lord, we pray this morning that we would not be a people who just mouth things off, that we would not just be preachers with a hollow message. That when folks look at us they would see the Gospel in our lives, in the way we conduct ourselves at work, in the way we conduct ourselves at home, in the way that we conduct ourselves with each other… the way we speak to each other…the way we don’t speak to each other…the way that we raise our children…the way that our children behave. In all of these things, Father, we know that we fail over, and over, and over again.
And yet You love us; You provide for us. You make sure we don’t go hungry. You make sure that we are well-clothed, to protect us against the elements….that we have homes to live in…that we have good employment, the benefit of which is to sustain our family and to give back to You.
Lord, we pray, we plead with You this morning, that we would walk the walk. That there would be no doubt when people look at us that we are Christians, that we belong to Your Son…and that the Gospel is true…not because we say so, but because You do.
Father, we have as always, tons of petitions, prayer requests; we are a needy people. You don’t begrudge us that. You tell us in Your word to bring these to You, to voice them to You, and so we do that this morning.
We thank You for all of the healing that has taken place, illnesses removed, pain removed.
We thank You for the blessing of children, for all of those that we have, for those to come. We pray that You would strengthen us as parents to raise them in accordance with Your word, to teach them Your precepts, to discipline them in accordance with Your word. To do our part to create the future generations of Your church.
Father, we thank You for our leaders in this church, and we pray this morning as a body that all churches would faithfully and prayerfully remain true to the faith and unashamedly preach the truth of the Gospel, Your word.
We love You, Heavenly Father. Thank You for all that You do for us. Thank You for this opportunity to come before the foot of Your throne with our petitions.
Know this, my beloved brothers: let every person be quick to hear, slow to speak, slow to anger; for the anger of man does not produce the righteousness of God. Therefore put away all filthiness and rampant wickedness and receive with meekness the implanted word, which is able to save your souls.
But be doers of the word, and not hearers only, deceiving yourselves. For if anyone is a hearer of the word and not a doer, he is like a man who looks intently at his natural face in a mirror. For he looks at himself and goes away and at once forgets what he was like. But the one who looks into the perfect law, the law of liberty, and perseveres, being no hearer who forgets but a doer who acts, he will be blessed in his doing.
These are your words to us, Father. We thank you for that. We accept the challenge, and we ask You to strengthen us in the days to come.
It is in Your Son’s name through the Holy Spirit we pray.